Grove School

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Grove School is a behavior modification facility located on Copse Road in Madison, Connecticut [1].

It was founded in 1934.

They can detain 105 teenagers of both genders.

The average stay is between 18 and 24 months [2].

Program structure

Daily schedule

From the homepage of the facility:

  • 07:00 - 08:00 Wake up
  • 08:30 - 08:35 Breakfast / Community meeting
  • 08:35 - 08:45 Home Room
  • 08:45 - 12:20 School
  • 12:20 - 12:50 Lunch
  • 12:50 - 14:40 School
  • 14:40 - 14:50 Home Room
  • 15:00 - 17:00 First activity block
  • 17:00 - 17:45 Lunch / Community meeting
  • 17:45 - 19:30 Second activity block
  • 19:30 - 21:00 Study Hall (Sunday thrugh Thursday)
  • 21:00 - 22:00 Casual time in dorm


Communication / visitation is outlined in the Parent / Student handbook, which for some reason is kept off-online.


There have been various controversies concerning the treatment of students at that school.


Although the school's website claims that it "offers a normalizing (non-restrictive) treatment program" however, many rules threaten to make the school more like its more restrictive counterparts, such as Elan. Students, even if they are 18, are not allowed in their dorm without supervision, even if the weather is extremely cold, thus leading to widespread sickness during the winter semester. Students' abilities to express themselves are stifled, and criticism of the school is often met with harsh punishment.


There have been reports, although unsubstantiated, that headmaster Richard Chorney has taken bribes from the parents of very wealthy students in exchange for favorable treatment. A student who attended the school was often the target of criticism because he received preferential treatment from Chorney. The student claimed that his parents wanted to make a donation to the school while he had attended, a move that would have violated various ethics laws.

Treatment of students with Aspergers

Many students with Aspergers are often subject to discrimination, in fact, it is policy that students with Aspergers must be kept on supervision for six months, even if they have proven themselves able to get off. They are also locked out of many privileges, including the Honor Dorms as well as downtown privileges, even if they have demonstrated good behaviour.

Wikipedia Censorship

Rumours have also surfaced that several members of the Grove Staff are screening Wikipedia in order to remove articles that, although can be proven, make the school look bad. This has been proposed in a myspace group for alumni of the school.

Plaque Controversy

In the late 1970s, there was a fire in the upperclassmen dorm which claimed the lives of several students. According to various sources, the plaque had been removed for no reason at all. This angered many students, claiming that a death at the school should have warranted a plaque.


One of the most ubiquitous things about Grove is the amount of racism, both on the parts of both staff and students. As many of the upper administration is Jewish, there have been accusations that Jewish students have been treated better than non-Jewish students. Also, anti-semitism as well as other types of racism are prevalent at the school, black students have always been the butt of jokes and have been mistreated by the administration. No attempts at reconciling this problem have been done.


Group therapy at the school is single-sex and often the group leaders are of the same sex. However, headmaster Richard Chorney has for many years been a group leader for the girls group. Many of the girls in these groups have come out and said they had been sexually harrassed by Chorney, some have even claimed that he would proposition sex for favorable treatment; they have also criticized him of taking in only the most attractive girls for his group at the less than 100 person school. This is often pointed out as an example of hypocrisy, since dating is disallowed at all times at the school and is met with harsh punishment.[3].

Environmental Safety

Grove School has also suffered from many environmental safety issues, especially in terms of water quality. Several students and a teacher had ordered a lab kit from a company for an advanced science class so that they could test the water for various materials. However, the school forbade it, claiming that the results would hurt their reputation. This was not before dangerous amounts of several chemicals including sulfur and arsenic were found in the water. The teacher who was responsible for ordering the kit was dismissed several months later.

Conversion Of Property

Several students who were expelled from the school have reported that they were not allowed to come back to get their belongings, even with the insistence of their parents. In fact, several rumours have surfaced that the staff have taken their stuff for their own personal use.

Suicide Rate

In 2005, Grove School had a suicide rate of 10 suicides per every 1,000 persons. This is a very alarmingly high rate, especially for a residential school for people who have been admitted for such problems.

Notable alumni

  • Ariana Jollee, actor [4].

Se also


  1. The facility on Google maps
  2. About the facility from NATSAP
  3. Grove School, a thread on Community Alliance For the Ethical Treatment of Youth (CAFETY)
  4. Ariana Jollee on the Internet Movie Database (IMDB)

External links

Info pages

Survivor groups

Message boards