Futures School

Futures School is Connecticut’s first community-based special education school approved by the Department of Education.

We serve students 14 – 21 years of age with challenging behaviors and other cognitive or developmental disabilities including complex learning disorders, autism and acquired brain injuries.

Futures School provides a wide range of customized and individualized education, transition and employment services on-site and in communities throughout Connecticut.

We are proud of our West Hartford-based educational center where we house a state-of-the-art computer lab, individual student workspace and offices for school administrators, teachers, a counselor and a consulting psychologist.

Students leave Futures School better prepared
for life as an adult

  • Students receive support in order to obtain a high school diploma from their home school district and a certificate from Futures School.

  • Guidance is provided so students can continue on with their higher educational pursuits.

  • Additionally, assistance is provided to help students find employment upon graduation.

Futures School FAQs

Where is Futures School located?

Futures main school campus is in West Hartford with a satellite classroom in Middletown, CT.

How long has Futures School been a Connecticut School?

Futures School is Connecticut’s first community-based special education school approved by the Department of Education.  Futures School became an Approved Private Special Education Program (APSEP) in 2004.

Do eligible Futures students achieve graduation?

95% of Futures students receive High School Diplomas from their respective home school districts.

What credentials are held by Futures School staff?

The Education Director, Ed Orszulak, Ph. D. is a seasoned educational administrator with over 38 years of experience in public schools. He assumed the role of Director of Education for the Futures school in July 2018. As a school administrator, Ed has designed responsive and positive programming for students across the broad spectrum of disabilities. In 1995 he completed his doctoral work at the University of Connecticut. Futures teachers all hold CT Special Education certification, and we also have a certified School Counselor.  Consulting staff include a Licensed Psychologist, Social Worker, Speech Pathologist and Occupational Therapist.

What types of students come to Futures School?

Students with disabilities 14-21 who need focused attention on Community-based Transition Skills (Independent Living, Post-Secondary Education, Employment Skills.)  Students may have completed their High School Credits yet not accepted their diplomas, or may be working to complete high School credits while also focusing on those Transition Skills.

Does Futures work with students with vocational education needs?

Futures helps students with post-secondary education needs, particularly Career Exploration and hands-on experience in multiple job sites.  If a student is interested in a particular Vocation, we will develop a job experience in that vocation and assist the student to investigate the criteria necessary to pursue that type of job

What does it mean that you are a School Without Walls?

Futures School develops an individualized curriculum matched to each student’s needs.  Academic instruction, community experience, and job coaching are delivered one-to-one by Futures teachers and Instructional Aides.  This curriculum is not dependent on a “walled” classroom environment.  Students may work in the school or in a variety of community settings.

What is the Futures Level of Support system?

Each student has full time one-to-one support with a teacher or Instructional Aide.  Some students require very close support (within the reach of staff,) while others require less support.  Most students begin with close support and grow to need less and less direct support.  Staff are always immediately available to support a student’s needs.

What do you mean when you talk about the milieu at Futures School?

We feel that the individualized curriculum, the staff support, and the relationships that students form with staff create a milieu of support that allows students to thrive and minimizes the occurrence of disciplinary incidents and interactions.

Futures School • 1030 New Britain Ave, West Hartford, Connecticut 06110