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 2020-2021 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

Fay Honey Knopp is an alternative school program that serves students in grades 7-12. The School is associated with the Park Street Program, an intensive residential program that provides treatment for adolescent males ages 12-17 with sexual harming behaviors. There are supports and services in place to provide the students with the necessary resources to address their emotional, behavioral, mental health and special learning needs. Our goal is to provide a safe educational and therapeutic environment that helps students achieve success in school, in the community, and at home.Learn more about our Park Street Program.

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 2018-2019 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:


The INCLUSION Program serves students in grade K-12 who have extensive challenges that interfere with their learning.  Students receive additional support while benefiting from remaining in their original classroom with peers of their same age and grade.

INCLUSION staff develop and manage all aspects of the behavioral and therapeutic elements of a student’s educational program, including family treatment and summer services. The program provides a broad continuum of intensive supports and services within the student’s school and community settings. The program is designed to ensure that a student’s needs are fully addressed without placing undue demands on the school’s regular staff.

Staff also encourage and support family members to be involved as they play a crucial role in student success.

Students must be referred to the INCLUSION program through their local school system.

For more information, call 802-488-6600.

School Services Program

The School Services Program helps children from ages 3 to 22, and their families, who face a broad range of challenges that may impact learning and school behavior.

The Program helps children and families address challenges so that children can experience healthy development and school success. Howard Center masters-level clinicians work in nearly all of Chittenden County’s 50+ schools where many of the services are provided. In addition, services are also provided in home and community settings to address the broad range of challenges faced by children and families.

Clients are referred through their local school or a community agency. Students and their families may also refer themselves to request services through their school counselor.

For more information, call 802-488-6664.