The Mill Pond School – Berkshire Campus is dedicated to serving students who have a primary diagnosis of a social, emotional, and / or behavioral disorder, who may have a learning disability, and who may have a diagnosis of high-functioning Autism. The Mill Pond School – Berkshire Campus implements an applied behavior analytic (ABA) approach to learning and behavior modification as well as a trauma-informed care approach to address the emotional needs of each student. This creates an environment that engenders a feeling of safety, structure, and belonging. Staff at the Mill Pond School – Berkshire Campus attend to the educational, social, emotional, and behavioral needs of all students which allows them to come into contact with a level of success that may have previously eluded them. The program’s staff have extensive and varied backgrounds in the educational and human services field. The Mill Pond School – Berkshire Campus develops a comprehensive individualized plan for students academic, therapeutic, and behavioral services that help to achieve their identified goals. The goal of The Mill Pond School – Berkshire Campus is to assist students in developing the skills necessary to successfully return to his or her home school when ready. The program works with individual families and districts to facilitate a planned and successful integration back into a less-restrictive setting. All transitions are carefully planned and monitored to ensure the right supports are in place for the student.

Education and Curriculum

The Mill Pond School – Berkshire campus offers the following Educational Programs and Curricula;

  • Academic program oversight by a Doctoral Level Board Certified Behavior Analyst
  • Individualized or small group instruction across core academic subjects aligned with State and National Guidelines
  • Data-driven and measured progress monitoring of academic skill acquisition
  • Evidence-based pedagogy
  • A high staff to student ratio (8:1:1) to provide necessary academic supports
  • Floating behavior specialists who monitor student conduct and safety
  • A 36 full-day summer program
  • 45 and 60 day placements that include academic testing and observations

Behavioral Supports

The Mill Pond School – Berkshire Campus offers the following comprehensive, individualized behavioral services;

  • A wide variety of therapeutic interventions to support the growth and development behavior and emotional skills
  • Scientifically-based tactics for behavior management to decrease inappropriate behaviors and teach / increase socially significant behaviors
  • Data-driven and measured progress monitoring across behavioral programming
  • An extensive positive-behavior support plan implemented throughout the school
  • A Positive Behavior Support model implemented throughout the school
  • 45 and 60 day placements that include behavioral observations and assessments

Social / Experiential Programming

The Mill Pond School – Berkshire Campus offers the following comprehensive, individualized social, emotional, and experiential services;

  • A wide variety of therapeutic interventions that address social skills and communication skills development
  • Social-emotional learning curriculum within classrooms to develop the necessary emotional intelligence to drive positive, pro-social behavior
  • Full time School-Adjustment Counselor available for push-in and pull-out social and emotional skill instruction
  • Experiential learning off campus (e.g. out in the community) to assist in developing community-based skills
  • Summer programming emphasizes social skills and experiential learning

For information regarding referrals or to obtain more information about the program please contact;

Dr. Haley Pellegren, BCBA-D, LABA – Educational Administrator – (c) 413.241.1269 – (o) 413.282.5014 – hpellegren@studyhome.org

Chad Astore – Dean of Students – (c) 413.537.8713 – (o) 413.282.5014 – castore@studyhome.org