Overview

The Charlton School is a not-for-profit residential treatment center and special education school for girls 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 teenage girls in 1954 when it became clear that these girls were being underserved. Today, Charlton deploys the most modern and evidenced-based treatment and educational approaches available to help girls 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.

Philosophy | Mission | History

Philosophy

The Charlton School helps young women learn to make critical life choices so they become successful and productive members of their communities. Our social, educational, therapeutic, and recreational programs strengthen social and academic skills and self-esteem, and improve communication between students and their families.

Caring adults guide, counsel, teach, and support students as they recover and heal. We teach, model, and encourage relationships, education, self-respect, and responsibility in the lives of our students. This learning process is designed to help prepare them for a return to their communities and for successful participation in adult life.

Mission

The mission of The Charlton School is to provide effective therapeutic, residential, educational, and aftercare services to young women and their families who have encountered significant problems in their lives. The mission is supported by the practice of advanced professional strategies which nurture and guide the clients toward fulfilling their potential as productive participants in their communities and the recognition of the needs and rights of all individuals to be treated with kindness, fairness and respect, and the acknowledgment of our belief in the individual’s ability and potential for self empowerment and fulfillment. The mission will be dynamic and will include long-term support for the girls after discharge.

History

It is almost impossible to dig a hole anywhere on our campus and not discover a piece of our history. Sometimes it’s just an old rusty nail, a blackened brick, a broken soda bottle or, recently, an intact glass milk bottle embossed with “The Charlton Industrial Farm School, Ballston Lake, New York.” We also have a fairly well stocked archive of old photos and documents that paint a fascinating picture of our past.

It all started with John S. Hawley, a long-time Charlton resident who made his money as a candy manufacturer in New York City. In his travels in the 1890s, he saw that there were a lot of homeless and orphaned children in the cities and towns all over New York. When he returned to Charlton, he brought together some of his friends, including Dr. James Sweetman and James Valentine, owner of the Valentine Farm located on Lake Hill Road, which eventually became our campus. More

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.

Endowment

Unlike most residential treatment programs of our kind, The Charlton School has carefully cultivated an endowment that helps offset the cost of many of our specialized services. Private gifts, bequests, donations, and legacies are critical to maintaining the quality programs we believe are essential to the total recovery and education of our students. The generosity of our supporters is deeply appreciated. For information, please contact The Charlton School. Gifts are tax-deductible subject to IRS guidelines. More

Charlton Loan and Scholarship Program (CLASP)

Post-secondary education is defined as any academic or vocational training after high school graduation that leads to a degree, a certificate, or a trade that the student can use to further her professional career and become a productive and successful adult. The institution that the student chooses must be eligible for Federal financial assistance. More

Board & Staff

James J. Gibney, III, President
Retired GE Manager/Engineer, Scotia, NY


William Evans, First Vice President
Retired KAPL Engineer, Glenville, NY


Jim Schultz, Second Vice President
Retired BH-BL Superintendent, Burnt Hills, NY


Gary Vanderhorst, Treasurer
Retired Business owner, W. Charlton, NY


Jean Aabo, Secretary
Admin. Ass’t, Power Cable Consultants, Ballston Spa, NY


Michael Brewster
Business Owner, Ballston Spa, NY


Robert F. Clements
Retired Mgr. KAPL Engineering Education, Clifton Park, NY


Brian J. Crowley
Financial Advisor, Latham, NY


Donna J. Farrar
Certified Public Accountant, Queensbury, NY


John C. Fay
Retired Bank Auditor, Clifton Park, NY


Dr. Patricia Fehling
Professor, Exercise Science, Dept. Chair, Skidmore College , Saratoga, NY


John D.B. Fridholm
Painting/Remodeling Contractor, Burnt Hills, NY


Robert E. Fenton
Retired GE Engineering General Manager
Pres. of Generation Tech. Consultants, Charlton, NY


Douglas L. Kreifels, Past President
Retired KAPL Computer Engineer, Niskayuna. NY


Robert McMahon
Retired Non-Profit Executive, Saratoga Springs, NY


Kathryn A. Molloy
Retired Projects Manager, KAPL, Niskayuna, NY


Christopher Nyhan
Financial Advisor, Burnt Hills, NY


Don Schermerhorn
Business Owner, Burnt Hills, NY


Sarah Schermerhorn
Community Volunteer, Burnt Hills, NY


Kathryn Sen
Vaccine Preventable Disease Surveillance Office, Glenville, NY


Wendy Shisler
Retired Speech-Language Pathologist, Ballston Spa, NY


David Stafford
Retired GE Engineer, Ballston Spa, NY


Maryellen Symer
BH-BL Assistant Superintendent, Ballston Spa, NY


Edward M. Warren
Financial Planner, Melrose, NY

Alex C. Capo, Executive Director
Licensed Mental Health Counselor


Amanda Kronen, LICSW
Clinical Director


Hannah Rawlings
Master Level Social Worker


Alyssa Starrantino
Therapist


Kristy Dodsworth
Therapist


Jessica Knapp, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Certified PATH International Registered Instructor, Equine Therapist


Dana Cacchione
Consulting School Psychologist


Dr. Catherine Ushchak
Consulting Psychiatrist

Michael Tucker
Director of Education


Liz Ackerman
Teachers Assistant


Tracey Allen
Social Studies


Deni Kane
Administrative Assistant


Stephen Birmingham
Special Education


Tony Carbone
Science


Michael Dimin
Music


Paddy Kelley
Teachers Assistant


Steve Keena
Mathematics


Tyler Minehan
PE, Health & Computer


Jill Morley
Reading/Language Art


Jane Renzi
Family & Consumer Science


Phyllis Ross
French


Cindy Thomas-Turgeon
Video Tech


Jenna Wager
School Counselor


Keri Dudek
Art


Alexander Becher
12th Grade Math & Science


 

Stephen Connelly
Director of Residential Services


Jess Epstein
Expressive Arts


Christine Gibson
Campus Coordinator


Donna Gilgallon
Program Supervisor


Sue Luke
Living Skills & Aftercare


Beth McDonnell
Program Supervisor


Steve Moulton
Assistant Health Care Coordinator


Edda Roemelt
Dietitian


Debra Ryan
Health Care Coordinator


Chad Slagle
Program Supervisor

Employment

If you are interested in seeking employment with The Charlton School, please check the News and Events section of this website for current openings.

Completed employment applications should be returned to:

Karen Mallia
Administrative Assistant
The Charlton School
P.O. Box 47
Burnt Hills, NY 12027

Download an application