Eleanor Briggs School

A therapeutic environment for students with behavioral and emotional difficulties to learn and grow.

To learn about the measures The Eleanor Briggs School is taking to maintain the safety of our students and staff during COVID-19, please visit Eleanor Briggs School Back-2-School Plans 2021-2022. 

Eleanor Briggs School Technology Plan for 2021-2022 can be found here.


Thrive’s Eleanor Briggs School has been recognized as a leader in the field of special education and children’s mental health since 1980. It was designed for children whose behavioral and emotional difficulties significantly impede their progress in public school. Located on private grounds in Warwick abutting scenic Greenwich Bay, Briggs School provides an effective alternative to residential placement for children and youth struggling with behavioral or emotional disabilities.

The Briggs School is licensed by the Rhode Island Department of Education as a Special Education Program for children, grades 1-12. It is a member of RIAPSES, the Rhode Island Association for Private Special Education Schools.

The Briggs School is committed to providing quality education for all students and provides extended academic instruction through a 225-day school year. With a 2:1 student to staff ratio and a maximum school capacity of 40 children, Briggs students are ensured the personal attention they need to capitalize on their strengths and abilities and to improve their underdeveloped skills.

Instruction is provided by experienced teachers who are certified in special education, and by teachers' assistants holding bachelor-level degrees and substitute teacher certifications. Each classroom is grouped by level: elementary, middle or secondary. Curriculum includes individualized instruction in math, English/language arts, reading, writing, science, social studies, health, physical education, art, and pre-vocational and computer studies.

Briggs teachers are certified professionals who are committed to inspiring and motivating students to learn. Teachers work closely with Briggs' clinical staff to help students to attain their full academic potential, even those with the most challenging behavioral and emotional needs.

Teachers and clinical staff work closely together as a team to provide the needed supports and interactions to help all children learn regardless of their social, emotional, or behavioral health challenges.

Clinical Services
Students of all ages come to The Briggs School when behavioral and emotional difficulties impede their learning process and their progress in public school. The Briggs School's highly qualified clinical staff addresses each student's therapeutic needs through an array of intensive clinical services. The Briggs School is known for its strong clinical component and thus considered one of Rhode Island premier special education schools.

Masters-level clinicians and behavior specialists provide students with weekly individual therapy, daily group therapy, and art and play therapy opportunities. A child psychiatrist is on staff to provide evaluation services and medication management if necessary. Additionally consulting psychologists, speech and language therapists, and occupational therapists provide services to students as individually required.

The Briggs School works in partnership with families to ensure the best outcomes are achieved for students. Understanding that the family dynamic is an important part of the therapeutic process, Briggs provides family therapy as well as informational workshops for parents. Additionally, students and their families may avail themselves of the full range of services offered by Thrive Behavioral Health, including 24-hour emergency services.

Participation in recreational activities is essential for the healthy development of a student's interests and social skills, and is an important component of any student's school life.

Recreation is especially emphasized during Briggs' nine-week extended school year program (ESY), which continues to offer academic classes and clinical services in a summer camp atmosphere. Students are eligible to participate in two field trips a week, which include educational excursions to museums and aquariums, and to entertaining destinations such as theme parks and the beach.

Numerous recreational activities are offered throughout the year as well. Teachers plan elective courses, which are designed to expose students to new topics and to develop new interests. Electives have included photography, karate and gardening classes, just to name a few. Students also participate in and help to plan special events, including holiday parties and an annual May breakfast. Additionally, participation in public school offerings such as sports and dances is highly encouraged and coordinated for the students by Briggs staff.

The school's unique location provides the perfect backdrop for the many outdoor recreational activities in which Briggs students may participate. The Briggs School is situated on the beautiful grounds of The Masonic-Shriners' Family Center, which abuts scenic Greenwich Bay. The grounds offer football and soccer fields, tennis courts, baseball diamonds, volleyball and basketball courts, a large in-ground swimming pool, a picnic area, and a private beach—all providing endless opportunities for sport and recreation, and ultimately a positive and restorative experience for students.

Additional Information

  • Presenting Conditions of Students: Behavioral/Emotional Disabilities
  • Gender: Male & Female
  • Ages: 5 to 18
  • Capacity: 40
  • Area Served: Rhode Island, Southeastern Massachusetts, Northeastern Connecticut
  • Length of School Day/Year: 6 hours (8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.); 12 months/225 days
  • Referral Sources: Local Education Agencies
  • Support Services: 24-Hour Emergency Services, full-time psycho-educational self-contained classes, daily group therapy, weekly individual therapy, public school on-site consultation services, medication monitoring, psychiatric services, computer assisted academic remediation, family therapy, vocational transitioning, parent support group/training series, 45-day diagnostic placements, transitional after-care planning.

For more information, please call 401.732.1540.

The Eleanor Briggs School
A Program of Thrive Behavioral Health
116A Long Street
Warwick, RI 02886