Our Next Chapter.

A commitment to growth.

As we entered 2020 and our 125th anniversary we embarked on a 20 year plan to reshape the physical campus of The Charlton School.

Thank you for coming along with us on this journey and being a part of an agency committed to fostering an environment that empowers students to grow and succeed.

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STEM Projects Supported by Bender Scientific Fund

The Charlton School is excited to announce that they have been named as a recipient of a generous grant from The Bender Scientific Fund of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region.  This donation will allow our science teacher and students to conduct in depth water quality sampling and testing studies on the Charlton Campus as part of it's Science curriculum and project...

Ballston Spa National Bank offers Community Support for The Charlton School

The Charlton School is very pleased to announce a generous donation of $25,000 by the Ballston Spa National Bank to its Next Chapter Capital Campaign Fund. The “Next Chapter” is a twenty-year plan focused on renovating their 75-year-old-campus, one building at a time. The next phase, which is scheduled to begin Spring of 2022, is focused on the establishment of new student campus housing and the...

The Sarah B. Foulke Arts Center Sets January Date for Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

A $200,0000 Grant begins “The Next Chapter” for The Charlton School Saratoga Springs, NY – December 28, 2020 – The Sarah B. Foulke Charitable Fund awarded a $200,000 grant to The Charlton School, a therapeutic learning community located in Burnt Hills. This donation supports a 20-year long-term capital campaign planned to transform the school’s physical campus, one building at a time. The Sarah...

We would like to recognize and thank our community partners for helping to support the Charlton School programs

Adirondack Trust Community Fund

The Charlton School was chosen as the David H Porter Memorial Grant recipient and awarded $2,500 to support this project.

The Community fund has been a significant part of achienving our mission since 2017 through their support of our Family Connections, Equine Therapy, and now Arts Programs.

Ballston Spa National Bank

The Charlton School received a $5,000 donation to the Chapel Renovation project.

Ballston Spa National Bank has been a significant part of achienving our mission since 2017 through their support of our Family Connections, Equine Therapy, and now Arts Programs.

Family Trusts & Foundations

Ruth M Bryan Trust Foundation

Spencer Family Trust

Warren Family Trust

A Long History of Helping Youth

Founded in 1895 by John S. Hawley, who grew up on part of the property, originally his family's farm. He returned to the area after becoming one of NYC's most successful business owners and a pioneer in the candy industry. He donated the land and $25,000 to open The Charlton Industrial Farm School for Boys. With a mission to reclaim boys that seemed to be destined for a criminal life due to neglect and poverty.

In April 1938 the "new building" that had been constructed in the first years burned to the ground overnight. Boys were relocated to other institutions or family and the nearly 300 acre property laid mostly dormant for the next 17 years. Only occupied by a caretaker and his family in the small brick house that currently holds our business office on the west end of campus.

Things took a positive turn in 1955 when the board of trustees and executive director Mr. Huddeston opened the doors to young women. Hawley Cottage, the Administration building and soon Clemens cottage were built. The Charlton School began their mission of providing education and a home for young women within the Social Service system.

The Charlton School Today

Residential Cottages, the Ketchum-Grande Memorial School building, Administration and Business Offices, The Equine Learning Center, Sarah B. Foulke Arts Center, Family Connections Cottage, Pool, Pavilion, Garages and an original Barn.

Now more than ever The Charlton School strives to create a safe and nurturing environment that fosters growth in our students and helps them to succeed educationally, emotionally, and far beyond graduation.

Recent Projects

The Work has begun in some areas,

but we’re just getting started!

Equine Learning Center 

We built an all new Indoor riding building with 4 stables, a large paddock and training ring to house our Therapeutic Equine Program. 


School Expansion 

Adding 7 classrooms and 3 offices to the existing Ketchum-Grande Memorial School building. Nearly doubling it’s size! 


Network Update and Technology in the Classroom

A continued project has been started to get our campus fully WiFi connected. Students are now issued a Chromebook at admission and they are used in nearly every class.

2017 – Ongoing

Student internet access is limited to instruction in school  

Family Connections Program

Contributions have helped support the use of a former residential cottage as a place for families to stay free of charge and visit their student to participate in campus events, meetings, and family therapy.  

2016 – Ongoing

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