The Charlton School is a not-for-profit residential treatment center and special education school for students in the 8th to 12th grades. We are licensed and regulated by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, the New York State Education Department, and the New York State Health Department. Our governing body is a volunteer Board of Trustees.

Established in 1895 as an orphanage, The Charlton School became a residential treatment center for teens in 1954. Today, Charlton deploys the most modern and evidenced-based treatment and educational approaches available to help students who are struggling to be successful in school and life. We have a maximum capacity of twenty-five residential students and thirty-eight students in Ketchum Grande Memorial School which includes day students from local school districts.

The Charlton School offers many programs designed to help students develop a wide range of educational, emotional, and social skills, and the knowledge and confidence to apply them to all aspects of their lives—now and in the future.

Vision | Mission | Values


The Charlton School empowers students to transform themselves into vibrant members of society. 


We collaborate with families to create a therapeutic learning community where a foundation, based on relationships, drives creativity and self-discovery through intensive individualized approaches. 

We Value:

  • Supporting students as creative learners

  • Cultivating the whole student

  • Families as partners in treatment

  • Transformative learning environment

What Makes Us Different

At The Charlton School, we reject the notion of subscribing to a specific treatment model. Through years of trial and error, we’ve come to realize that subscribing to a model often leads to a diluted individualized approach and treatment efficacy. At The Charlton School, we truly approach each student and her struggles as unique, and we develop compensatory strategies collaboratively. Also unique to our program is an endowment that allows The Charlton School to offer after care and post-secondary educational scholarship opportunities to our residents.


If you are interested in seeking employment with The Charlton School, please check the Employment Opportunities page to see our current listings and submit your application.