Educational Programs

Howard Center Schools

Not all students are alike. Students come from different backgrounds, enjoy different interests, and have different learning needs. Often, those needs may not be met within a regular educational environment. Our four independent schools offer educational programs for children and youth who have social, emotional, or behavioral challenges that may interfere with their learning. Our dedicated and professional teachers focus on each student’s needs and goals to help remove barriers to learning and create a positive educational experience.

Our schools include:

Baird School

The Baird School provides an alternative educational environment for children ages 5-14 and grades K-8 with social, emotional and/or behavioral challenges.

We offer academic, social, emotional, and behavioral programming to students who have significant challenges in these areas. Our skilled staff help students develop skills and strategies that help them be successful at school, at home, and in their community. In addition, our clinicians provide transition support for students who are planning to return to public school.

Students are referred by their Local Education Agency, the Department of Mental Health, or the Department of Children and Families.

For more information about the Baird School, call 802-488-6803 or  802-488-6000.

View the 2021 – 2022 Academic Calendar.

Centerpoint School

Centerpoint School serves students ages 12-18 years old in grades 7-12. The School provides educational supports and programs to teens and young adults with emotional, behavioral, mental health, substance use, or special learning needs. The School is one component of Centerpoint Adolescent Treatment Services, and students receive additional support, as needed, to address issues in their lives that may affect their educational success. Specific services may include individual, family, and group counseling and intensive outpatient treatment for teens.

Students are referred to the School through the special education department of their home school.

Centerpoint is a collaboration among Howard Center, Northeastern Family Institute, and Matrix Health Systems. For information about Centerpoint School, call 802-488-7711 or 802-488-6000.

Fay Honey Knopp School of the Park Street Program

The Park Street Program provides comprehensive treatment in a residential setting for young men with sexual harming behaviors. Residents attend the onsite Fay Honey Knopp School which provides differentiated academic instruction, experiential learning, and embedded therapeutic interventions where students develop the skills needed to safely reintegrate back into the least restrictive environment for successful community living. Clients are referred through their local team of providers in conjunction with the Department of Mental Health or the Department of Children and Families.

Jean Garvin School

Since 1997, the Jean Garvin School has been serving students ages 12-18 and in grades 7-12 who are struggling to be successful in school. We offer educational programming and unique learning opportunities to inspire personal change and well-being. Our staff is dedicated to working with our students, their caregivers, and their teams to create and nurture an experience of safety and trust. Our goal is to provide a safe educational and therapeutic environment that helps students achieve success in school, in the community, and at home.

In addition to offering basic courses of study in math, language arts, science, social studies, and health, we offer intensive special education, therapeutic behavioral intervention and treatment, counseling, social skills training, and family support.

For more information about the Jean Garvin School 802-488-6000.

View the 2021-2022 Academic Calendar.

School Based Services

In addition, through our School Services Program, we work with staff in local public schools to provide support for students so they  succeed in school. Our School Services include:

Autism Spectrum Program

The Autism Spectrum Program (ASP) provides year-round intensive, specialized instructional and behavioral treatment and support to individuals ages 2-21 who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Services are provided in home, school, and community settings and target the teaching and shaping of essential social communication, adaptive behavior, daily living and functional learning skills using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. Consultation and training services are also available.

Children are referred through their Local Education Agency, UVMMC, or by family members. For additional information about referrals, call 802-488-6000.


The INCLUSION Program serves children and youth in grades K-12 with serious emotional, behavioral and mental health needs. Master’s level specialists partner with public school staff to develop and manage all aspects of the behavioral and therapeutic elements of a student’s educational program. A continuum of intensive supports and services are offered within the regular education environment, and also through tutorial services, to ensure that a student’s needs are fully addressed without placing undue demands on the school’s regular staff. Family services and summer programming are also provided.

Students are referred by their Local Education Agency.

For more information, call 802-488-6600.

School Services Program

The School Services Program provides social work services and therapeutic interventions for children ages 5 to 22 and their families. Services are provided through the public schools to address a range of needs that impact healthy development and school success. Howard Center’s masters-level clinicians work in nearly all of Chittenden County’s schools, in addition to home and community settings.

Students are referred by their local school, a community agency, or by family members.

For more information about the School Services Program, call 802-488-6000.