Bradley School is a private, school-funded, day treatment program for children and adolescents whose psychiatric and behavioral needs cannot be met in a public school setting. The program is accredited by the Rhode Island and Massachusetts departments of education.
There are four Bradley Schools in Rhode Island: East Providence, Portsmouth, South Kingstown and Westerly.
Students between 3 and 21 years of age are referred to Bradley School by their local directors of special education. Students are placed in small classrooms that are staffed by certified special education teachers and classroom behavior specialists. Students participate in a full range of academic programs throughout the school day.
Bradley School staff members are committed to being actively involved in the community and to developing creative program options to meet the needs of students, families and public schools.
One example is our East Bay Works program, developed in collaboration with Middletown's public schools. East Bay Works provides a school-to-career transition program for high school students who have specialized needs.
Our consultation services and public speaking programs also allow us to find innovative ways to bring psychiatric and behavioral support to students across Rhode Island and surrounding areas.
During a student's first several weeks at the school, a thorough, multidisciplinary diagnostic evaluation is completed. Since this evaluation is conducted within an educational environment, it allows the team to assess the impact of a student's mental health needs on academic, behavioral and social functioning levels at school. Information is also gathered from families, community agencies and previous school placements to understand the student as a whole person. This leads to the development of an individualized treatment plan to address the needs of the student.
Our goal is to help students learn to manage their psychiatric and behavioral symptoms so that they can become active and successful participants in school. From the moment a student is admitted to Bradley School, an effort is made to prepare the student to return to a less restrictive educational setting as soon as he or she is able. When that time comes, Bradley School staff members work closely with school personnel and other treatment providers to plan and implement a successful transition.