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Natchaug Schools at a Glance

Since the first Joshua Center school program opened in Mansfield in 1989, Natchaug Schools have been committed to fostering a supportive and safe special education community where students can grow academically, heal emotionally and work toward personal goals. Today, our seven state-approved special education programs serve students ages 5 to 21.

Our faculty and staff meet or exceed all state special education certification and licensing requirements. All our programs are aligned with state standards for grades K-12, and we work with each student’s local school district and family/caregivers to implement IEPs. The goal is to return each student to their home district as quickly and seamlessly as possible.

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To empower students to achieve academic, social-emotional, & transitional competencies to realize their potential.

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  • Caring
  • Equity
  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Safety

Quick Facts

  • 4 unique programs
  • 7 locations across Connecticut
  • Grades K-12
  • Ages 5-21
  • Learning environment and educational programs tailored to individual needs
  • Core academic subjects and electives offered
  • Integrated on-site counseling support
  • Low student to teacher ratio
  • Transition counseling
  • Referrals from local public school systems
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Supporting a Diverse & Inclusive Community

Natchaug Schools do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status or any other characteristic protected by law.