Special Education School


K-12 Special Education Program

WCS operates a state approved, comprehensive educational program consisting of academic, pre-vocational, behavioral management, life skills and support programs for residents and day students from Kindergarten through 12th grade.

The special education program at Waterford Country School is dedicated to the multi-faceted educational and developmental needs of its students.  The school features a low student to teacher ratio, allowing highly personalized instructions.  IN addition to providing appropriate classroom instruction, the program seeks to provide personal achievement and improvement initiatives to enable students to better meet the challenges they face in their school, family, and community.

The special education program is based at the Levine Education Center, a modern facility on the Waterford Country School 350 acre campus in Quaker Hill, Connecticut. Built in 1999, the school consists of two floors, eleven classrooms, computer lab and administrative offices. The campus also features a multi-million dollar gymnasium and fitness center, the farm based pre-vocational education program, fitness trails, lakes, streams, and all the experiential education activities.  An afterschool program is also available for those who qualify.


Outdoor Education

Our education program includes our wildlife rehabilitation center, nature center and vocational education classroom at our farm. The students have the opportunity to learn how to care for a variety of domestic animals and exotic pets who come to Waterford Country School for rehabilitation or retirement. Each student spends at least one period a day at the farm to enhance the overall education experience at Waterford Country School.


The dedicated staff consists of certified special education teachers, staff instructors, teachers’ aides, a school psychologist, social workers, a speech therapist, and administrators.

For more information about the program and how to enroll a student, please contact:

Sharon Butcher, Principal

Pamela Giannelli, Assistant Principal



Waterford Country School, Inc. participates in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National School Lunch Program.