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Students in therapeutic boarding schools have a wide range of academic and intellectual needs, ranging from academic struggles and learning issues to those who are highly intellectually inclined. Therapeutic schools sometimes have difficulty meeting the intellectual needs of gifted students.
For Valley View School, a major advantage of being situated in Central Massachsuetts is the easy access to many top-tier colleges and universities. Worcester, which is home to 9 colleges, is 25 minutes away from Valley View School, while UMASS Amherst and other premier liberal arts colleges are only about 45 minutes down the road. This wealth of cultural and intellectual talent enables Valley View to tap these resources for students.
Some benefits have already been realized. One student developed a passion for the piano. His advisor arranged for a graduate student in classical piano performance at UMASS to provided weekly specialized piano tutoring on Valley View's campus. Another student had been studying Mandarin prior to enrollment. Valley View was able to retain a Mandarin graduate student from a local college to provide regular instruction in the language.
Sometimes the intellectual resource resides on-site. Residential counselor Ted McCarty started an evening discussion group with 6 students entitled Philosphy 101. Mr. McCarty, who possesses a Master of Philosophy, states, "There is a great interest from some of the more intellectuallly-inclined students. Our discussions have been enthusiastic and thought-provoking."
Coupled with the historical and cultural richness of New England, local colleges are a great source of intellectual enrichment for Valley View students. These resources are another key ingredient in Valley View's quest to help boys become "the best versions of themselves".
About Valley View School
Valley View School, founded in 1970, is a private therapeutic boarding school serving boys in grades 6-12. Our non-profit 501(c)(3) school is located in the central Massachusetts town of North Brookfield. The Valley View Program consists of a comprehensive blend of Therapy, Academics, Athletics, Arts and Activities challenging our students emotionally, intellectually and physically. The boys learn self-control and anger management, social skills in order to create and cultivate relationships with peers and adults, while developing compassion, empathy and respect for others and to realize their true potential.