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.
Stay in The Loop
We would like to recognize and thank our community partners for helping to support the Charlton School programs
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.
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.
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.
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.