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About Our Program

Our Mission

To provide compassionate and individualized programming to students in grades 6-12, and to identify students’ unique behavioral, social/emotional and academic needs in order to enable each of them to return to the most appropriate and least restrictive educational environment and to meet with ongoing success.

Clinical Programming/Therapeutic Approach

We utilize a relational and trauma-informed model which rests on the fundamental belief that meaningful, individual change always takes place in the context of authentic, trusting relationships.

We rely on restorative practices in lieu of punishment based approaches, while still informing intervention decisions with objective data and applied behavior analysis.

Students looking at kitchen ingredients
Students looking at kitchen ingredients
Students paying close attention during Science class

Academic Programming

Academic instruction is highly individualized and in line with IEP goals and objectives. We offer credit recovery options and prioritize the reengagement of reluctant learners in their own future planning and academic success. Academic instruction is provided by certified special education teachers.

Students paying close attention during Science class

Our Location

We are located in Weatogue, right next to the Farmington Canal Trail. Our small, inviting campus highlights our outdoor space which we utilize frequently! Academic instruction and clinical groups often take place outside, or even while walking on the trail. We recognize that nature and movement can be therapeutic, engaging and restorative.

125 Latimer Lane
Weatogue (Simsbury), CT 06089

Students enjoying a lesson outside taking notes about nature
Students enjoying a lesson outside taking notes about nature

FVDC Advisory Board Members

Kevin Case

Canton Public Schools

Dr. Laurie Singer

Director of Special Services
Farmington Public Schools

Anna Robbins

Business Manager
Granby Public Schools

Dr. Diana Kelley

Director of Special Services
Suffield Public Schools


Teachers are always there for me when I am having a rough day. I have learned to support myself by using strategies such as deep-breathing, counting back to myself, taking moments to myself, ignoring and avoiding distractions.

— An FVDC Student

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