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Manchester Clinical Day School (MCDS) and ECHN are committed to the health and safety of all students and staff especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Small Class Size. Big Success.

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, and 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, therefore small teacher to student ratios and student-centered instruction fuels intellectual curiosity and academic momentum. Technology is integrated into all classes through the use of Smart Boards and 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.

We provide students:

  • Access to psychiatric services through our child and adolescent behavioral health clinic
  • Diagnostic placement
  • Extra emphasis on literacy across the entire curriculum
  • Individual and group therapy provided by clinically licensed staff
  • Individual and small group instruction by certified special education teachers
  • Low student to teacher ratio (6:1)
  • Speech and occupational therapy services
  • Unique transitional programming and work-study opportunities

Our Clinical Day School is affiliated with Manchester Memorial Hospital’s Behavioral Health Department to provide both students and their family’s access to any needed outpatient services including psychiatric services, medication management, treatment programs and groups, art therapy as well as individual, group and family therapy services. Students who may benefit from our Clinical Day School include those struggling with, but not limited to:

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

Clinical Program

Individual and group therapy is provided by the Clinical Day School’s social workers. 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 both Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) as well as Restorative Practices.

Transitional Program

Students age 15 and older have the opportunity to participate in our Cooperative Work Experience program. Students are matched with various departments within the hospital. Most eligible students work three to four hours per week. All students earn a stipend in addition to job skills and employability.

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. Because the school is located in a downtown area of Manchester, our students are given the opportunity to practice their skills within the community.

Extended School Year (Summer School Program)

Manchester Clinical Day School offers a six-week, full-day summer school program to provide individualized academic programming, as well as counseling services. This program includes:

  • Individual and small group instruction led by dedicated, certified special education teachers (6:1 classroom ration)
  • Individual and group therapy by clinically licensed school social workers
  • High School credit recovery
  • Transition skills support and paid work experience opportunities
  • Psychiatric Evaluation & Medication Management (separate fees)
  • Speech and occupational therapy services

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