Manchester Clinical Day School

Patricia Sobraske MSW, LCSW

Director of Adolescent Education

Phone: (860) 646-1222 x3675


Manchester Clinical Day School 2018 - 2019 Calendar

Manchester Clinical Day School

The Clinical Day School at Manchester Memorial Hospital is a fully accredited private special education school approved by the Connecticut State Department of Education to serve students ages 12-21. We’ve been helping day students with complex social-emotional and learning challenges succeed in school since 1995. The Clinical Day School has a strong tradition of providing innovative educational programming and comprehensive, evidenced-based clinical services.

We operate using a traditional school calendar and hours. Students attend 183 days annually. The school day begins at 8:00am and dismisses at 2:30pm. Breakfast and lunch are provided to all students.

About the Program

Students Present With A Variety Of Issues Including:

  • Mood disorders including depression and anxiety
  • Disruptive behaviors
  • School refusal
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Psychosis
  • Complex trauma

Our Class Size Is Our Success

Your child won’t get lost in the crowd at Manchester Clinical Day School. Our school environment is small, individualized, and supportive. Limited enrollment ensures opportunities for students to make personal connections and build their comfort level and commitment to school. Both academic and clinical progress are carefully monitored and regularly reported to parents, guardians, and Local Education Agencies.

The Manchester Clinical Day School Offers:

  • Individual and small group instruction provided by certified special education teachers
  • Small student to staff ratio
  • Counseling provided by clinically licensed staff
  • Full psychiatric evaluation and medication management (additional fees)
  • Speech & Language Pathology services
  • Occupational Therapy services
  • Summer school (extended school year)
  • Movement therapy
  • 40-day Diagnostic Placement
  • Extensive and unique work-study experience and transitional programs

Mission Statement

The mission of Manchester Clinical Day School is to help prepare students for success and greater independence when returning to public school and/or in their post-secondary lives. In supporting the individual academic and clinical needs of our students we help them fulfill their greatest potential. We value a school community that is diverse and accepting of individual differences. Through the experience of belonging, students move on to become positive, contributing members to the community.

Academic Program

The goal of the Manchester Clinical Day School is to create an engaging academic environment where students can discover their strengths. Our curriculum is aligned with the Connecticut’s Common Core State Standards. Classroom instruction is both flexible and innovative in order to meet the needs of students with differing learning styles.  Many of our students have not experienced prior academic success. Small student to staff ratios and student-centered instruction encourage intellectual curiosity and can lead to positive academic momentum. Our goal is to create an engaging educational environment where students can develop their strengths. Technology is integrated into all classes through the use of Smart Boards and students also have access to supervised Chromebook use.


Our school places particular emphasis on literacy across the curriculum.  We work to create a school culture where students value reading and writing. Embedded reading and writing assignments help students expand vocabulary and think more critically. In addition to English classes, students can access Language Arts Lab classes for enrichment or remediation. Our school encourages students to independently exercise their literacy skills in a number of ways. Student-selected reading materials are continually purchased. We also have an ongoing incentivized individual reading program. Each month, an essay contest is held whose themes have ties with our clinical program. Students are supported and encouraged to share their essays by reading them aloud at school events.

Clinical Program

Individual and group therapy is provided by our full-time school social worker. A cognitive-behavioral approach is used to help students change unhealthy thought patterns that impact both moods and behaviors leading to improved emotion regulation. Social skills, communication skills and responsible decision-making skills are the focus of whole-school activities. The Clinical Day School’s behavior intervention program draws from Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) as well as Restorative Practices.

Transitional Program

All students ages 15 or older have the opportunity to participate in our Cooperative Work Experience program. These students are matched with different departments within the Manchester Memorial Hospital. Most eligible students work up to five hours per week. Students who are close to finishing their high school credit requirements, however, may work several hours per week depending upon their individual goals and needs. All students earn a stipend of $7.50 per hour for their efforts.

Transition Skills classes also help prepare students for post-secondary success. Topics include exploring careers, post-secondary educational requirements, consumer skills and the Connecticut State Department of Education’s CORE Transition Skills. Since the school is located in a downtown area of Manchester, our students are given the opportunity to practice their skills within the community.

Summer School (Extended School Year)

Manchester Clinical Day School offers a six-week, full day summer school program. Individualized academic programming, as well as counseling is available during summer.  This is a great opportunity for students to catch up on lagging credits or skills.  Many students focus on academics in the morning and then work at a job-site in the afternoon through our Cooperative Work Experience job program. For younger students, weekly themes and activities help students maintain interest and motivation.


Manchester Clinical Day School is affiliated with Manchester Memorial Hospital’s Behavioral Health Department. This gives both students and their families’ access to any needed out-patient services including:

  • Psychiatric services including medication management
  • Individual, group and family therapy with licensed clinicians
  • Art therapy and movement therapy with licensed clinicians
  • Intensive out-patient and partial hospitalization program


Manchester Clinical Day School
Patricia Sobraske MSW, LCSW
Director of Adolescent Education
Phone: (860) 646-1222 x3675