BRIDGES (The Brattleboro Retreat Individually Developed & Guided Education Services) is a therapeutic day school program serving students in Kindergarten through 12th Grade, ages 5-22.

BRIDGES is part of the Meadows Educational Center at the Brattleboro Retreat, which is a state-approved independent school.

We specialize in meeting the needs of a diverse group of children and adolescents who have experienced difficulty achieving success in public school settings based on emotional needs, behavioral concerns and a history of trauma and/or mental illness. We support students with a broad range of learning styles, cognitive abilities, social skills, and developmental concerns. Services include:

  • classroom education in all core subjects
  • experiential learning opportunities that address social skills, emotion regulation, basic health and wellness, vocational skills, and community service.
  • enrichment classes in art, music, woodworking and culinary arts.
  • a multidisciplinary team of educational and clinical staff including the principal, clinical manager, special educators, teachers, a reading specialist, therapists, and a group of trained mental health workers.

BRIDGES is committed to supporting students in developing the skills they will need in order to transition back to their sending schools within the shortest time frame possible. We offer both traditional track classrooms as well as intensive needs classrooms to best support students as they work their way through our program and gradually transition back to their sending schools.

BRIDGES Clinical Manager, Jessica Shepley, Psy.D. joined the team in June of 2011. She has worked with children and adolescents at the Brattleboro Retreat in a variety of clinical and managerial roles, and in close collaboration with the Meadows Educational Center since 2006. She works with the BRIDGES team to constantly grow, develop, and refine the existing program with the feedback and support of our local school districts.

For more information about the BRIDGES call Jessica Shepley at 802-258-4356