Everyone has a place in our world.

  • “Being at the school this year was one of my best experiences…  The school helped a lot of people, including myself. I’m excited to see new faces next year, and I hope they’ll be able to have the same experiences I did.”

  • “A place to be yourself.”

  • “Teachers are helpful and care.”


We help young people build lives of meaning, purpose, and joy.

The Connecticut Coastal Academy is at the forefront of a decades-long movement that recognizes the gifts of people with physical, intellectual, social/emotional and learning differences. 

Inclusion of non-traditional thinkers and learners is a strength we harness. Through restorative approaches to behavioral health, we nurture solution-oriented young people, who are proud to take meaningful roles in their communities.

Located in Essex, CT, the Connecticut Coastal Academy is a state-approved, private special education program for students in Grade 6 through age 22. Overseen by the CT Department of Education, we provide educational supports and specialized services to at-risk students with disabilities.

Connecticut Coastal Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national or ethnic origin; disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression in administering its educational policies, scholarship or loan programs (if any) and athletic (if any) and other school-administered programs.

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