"I don't even remember the season. I just remember feeling for the first time that I belonged somewhere."

~ Steven Chbosky 

Bellcate School is a Vermont state-approved middle and high school designed to serve youth with disabilities in an individualized therapeutic and educational community.

Working with local school districts, Bellcate School enrolls a maximum of 30 students, ages 11-22. Bellcate utilizes a three-stage therapeutic model to support exploration, understanding and positive action. Our educational model provides best practices for achieving grade level proficiency.

Bellcate School is a program that provides an alternative to traditional education. Students find success through accommodated services and hands-on experiences integrated in a community setting. Through an individualized plan of therapeutic exercises, learning initiatives, hands-on activities, field trips, community based programming, and coordinated services, Bellcate School helps youth build skills in the areas of:

  • Developing healthy relationships
  • Expanding interest areas, identifying strengths
  • Maintaining personal and public safety
  • Gaining skills for interpersonal effectiveness
  • Understanding and managing mood
  • Developing self-awareness, self-concept, identity, and self-esteem
  • Developing tolerance for authority
  • Developing acceptance of difference
  • Improving communication skills
  • Developing flexibility
  • Improving attention, focus and engagement
  • Building independent living, self-care, and vocational skills
  • Increasing personal responsibility