The Learning Center at Ädelbrook

Basic Information

Address: 60 Hicksville Road Cromwell, CT 06416
County: Middlesex
School District: Cromwell
Phone Number: 860-635-6010
Fax Number: 860-635-3708

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Additional Information

President: Garry Mulanney - CEO
School Type: CT State Department of Education Approved Special Education School
Founded: Ädelbrook 1900. The Learning Center 1980
Ages/Grades: Ages 10 - 21, grades 6 - post graduate
School Size: less than 90 students
Classroom Size: 6 - 8 students
Student/Teacher Ratio: 3:1

$350.00 per day

Financial Aid:

None. Tuition typically paid by Local Education Agency (LEA)


The curriculum is aligned with the newly developed Common Core State Standards and CT Frameworks. The curriculum provides the opportunity for high school students to receive credits in all necessary areas in order to successfully transition back to their public high school and graduate successfully.

Support Services:

Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Art Therapy, Clinical/Social Work Services

Camp Programs: Yes
After School Programs: Yes
Uniform Guidelines:

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Admissions Requirements:

A referral packet is sent to the school and an intake visit with the student and his or her family is scheduled. After the intake and comprehensive review of the referral packet, a decision for admission is made with input from the Director of Education, Coordinator of Student Services, Clinical Team, and head teachers.

Mission Statement:

Ädelbrook provides hope and healing for young people and families in a Christian Environment.

School History:

Ädelbrook was founded in 1900 by the Swedish Evangelical Covenant Church. Dedicated and opened as The Swedish Christian Orphanage, its purpose was to “provide a home for homeless and neglected children... and provide not only for the physical needs of a child, but that the Word of God be that each child may discover the joy and security of a Christian faith.”

Our current location was a gift from several farmers and in 1915 a new three and a half story “home“ was built and seventy-two children, plus staff, moved to the 60 Hicksville Road location. With many farm amenities still on campus, the children who resided at the home were taught to do many of the farm chores.

From 1920 to 1950, the campus was home to a Christian summer camp and many conferences. Dormitories and dining halls were built to accommodate the residents and summer population. To this day the original Dining Pavilion of the Camp still graces the hilltop on campus.

By the 1960s, orphanages, in their truest sense of the word, were a thing of the past. But there was still a need to house children whose homes were not safe. Thus began our partnership with the Connecticut Department of Children and Families. We met the need by expanding our mission to include a therapeutic approach that brought more children into the fold, and provided an environment for them to heal from trauma, and reach their fullest potential.

In 1972 The Unity Center was built, offering a more home-like atmosphere for the boys and girls and also to allow for “on campus” educational classes. Prior to this, residents had attended local public schools. Additionally, clinical, medical, dining and recreational areas were incorporated into the facility to meet the needs of the residents.
By 1980 the need for an educational facility on campus, and in the community, was so great that the Learning Center was built to provide special education to Ädelbrook’s residents as well as day students from surrounding school systems.

In 2002, an affiliate, Community Services Inc. was created to better serve some of our neighbors needs. Community Services provides a growing range of community based services that assist children of all ages and their families to maximize their potential. Programs offered through Community Services are the Family Treatment Center, three group homes for girls and other outpatient and clinical programs.

For one hundred years, Ädelbrook was an affiliate of the East Coast Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church. In 2000, the agency became affiliated with the denomination’s Covenant Ministries of Benevolence (CMB). Now, the eastern side of our hill is the location of the Covenant Retirement Communities of Cromwell, a ministry of the elderly also affiliated with CMB.

After more than 100 years of caring for children and their families, Ädelbrook continues to adapt to meet the changing needs of the community while remaining dedicated to the principles of its original mission. Today, we are a state-of-the-art residential treatment center, special education school, and family treatment center.

Notes/School Information:

The Learning Center is a fully accredited, private special education facility licensed by the Connecticut State Department of Education to serve children and adolescents between the ages of 10 and 21.


The program serves residential students of Ädelbrook, as well as day students from surrounding communities. The students that attend the program have been identified as being developmentally / intellectually disabled, having emotional and behavioral difficulties and those who exhibit behaviors on the Autism Spectrum including those with Asperger Syndrome. Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) is the behavior management philosophy used to teach self-control and respectful interactions with others that can be generalized to home and community environments.

Teachers and support staff are trained in trauma informed and relationship based care. Each student’s day is structured to meet his or her individual needs so that full academic and social-emotional potential can be achieved. Our curriculum is flexible and designed to complement a range of learning styles while ensuring that appropriate credits towards high school graduation are earned. These credits are fully transferable to future public or private schools. Our curriculum places a strong emphasis on the development of reading and math skills through the use of evidence-based programs and strategies. The main objective of The Learning Center is to create an atmosphere of success that will propel our students forward.



Autism-Specific Programming



The Learning Center has developed a specialized academy with a team of highly qualified and experienced special education teachers, extensively trained support staff, and Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) to provide an exceptional learning experience for students on the autism spectrum. The classrooms are designed to provide individualized instruction, sensory integration, and behavioral support in a highly structured, language rich environment that promotes student growth and independence. An occupational therapist and speech-language pathologist provide individual and whole class intervention to build social, language, fine motor, sensory, and daily living skills. For students who require a more individualized program discreet trial instruction is available and delivered by trained staff. Students have access to a variety of materials and modes of performance; including Smart Boards, iPads, and an assortment of sensory/hands-on activities. A sensory room, working kitchen, and expansive outdoor area are available and easily accessible to students for activities. Students participate in a vocational work program on and off campus with the support of job coaches. Throughout the school day the students have frequent opportunities to participate in specialty classes and extra curricular activities, such as computers, physical education, art, choir, small engine repair, drumming, and school drama. It is our goal at the Learning Center to provide each student with a positive, individualized and highly engaging educational experience.




The Learning Center offers:

  • Individualized and small group instruction by certified special education teachers
  • Individual and group counseling provided by licensed and certified clinical staff
  • Board Certified Behavior Analysts
  • Academic and vocational programming with job coaching
  • Credit Recovery Program
  • Extended School Year (ESY) Program
  • Certified Speech Language Pathologists
  • Certified Occupational Therapists
  • Art Therapy provided by Albertus Magnus College
  • Comprehensive psychological, educational, social, emotional, communication, fine motor and sensory evaluations
  • Nursing services
  • Psychiatric evaluations and consultations
  • Enrichment Activities through Green Street Arts, part of Wesleyan University
  • Team sports