Educational Paths

Turnbridge Academy academic advisors help clients at all educational levels. Whether completing high school, transitioning from high school to college, transferring from one college to another, or moving on to post-secondary education, our team offers the experience and resources needed to help reach the next academic milestone.

Pursuing Higher Education

Turnbridge helps its clients overcome the adversities of mental health disorder or addiction to experience the promise of higher education. Our academic advisors cultivate relationships with colleges and universities in New Haven and surrounding areas to provide our clients with a range of high-quality educational options that they can attend while receiving treatment. 

To give students in recovery the specialized attention and consideration they need to regain academic progress, we establish special relationships with colleges and universities dedicated to helping non-traditional students. Partnerships with the University of New Haven and Albertus Magnus College give Turnbridge clients access to dedicated admissions officers trained in the needs of students being treated for mental health or substance use disorders. These admissions officers are adept at distinguishing problems in an academic record resulting from the symptoms of addiction from a student’s normal level of function. They act as stewards in the admissions process and ensure that willing and able students are not held back from higher education by disease and mental illness. 

Turnbridge Academic Advisors also work with Yale University, Southern Connecticut State University, Quinnipiac University, Gateway Community College, as well as a range of distance learning programs.

Transitioning from life in treatment to college life can be challenging for people early in recovery. The increased personal freedoms and experimentation often associated with college life poses risks to people learning to resist triggers, continue ongoing treatment, and maintain positive self-care. Turnbridge helps clients prepare for this new environment and can identify available resources to facilitate a safe and smooth transition. 

College & University Affiliations


Founded in 1925 by the Dominican Sisters of the Springs, Albertus Magnus is a storied liberal arts college with a proud Dominican tradition. Albertus Magnus has been designated a College of Distinction — one distinguished among academic professionals and adhering to excellent practices. Arts and Sciences, Social Sciences, and Interdisciplinary studies are offered in addition to business studies within the colleges Tagliatela School of Business and Leadership. With an enrollment of 500 undergraduate students and a 13:1 student-to-instructor ration, Albertus Magnus College provides a close-knit community feel and direct access to professors and staff.  Website


Gateway Community College, founded in 1992, provides 14,000 students per year with more than 90 degree and certification programs. The school offers a vast range of art, business, science, and technical curriculums. While many Gateway graduates go directly into professional careers, others transfer the college credits they’ve earned to other colleges and universities.  Website


Approximately 6,500 undergraduate and 2,500 post-graduate students attend Quinnipiac University. Founded in 1929, the university with campuses in Hamden and North Haven, CT is home to the NCAA Division 1 Bobcats. Undergraduate programs include 58 majors in the fields of arts and sciences, education, law, business, engineering, medicine, health sciences, nursing, and communications. The university is also home to the renowned Quinnipiac University Polling Institute which collects political and social sentiment that informs news organizations and policymakers around the world.  Website


Southern Connecticut State University was founded in 1893 as a teachers college. Today, Southern is part of the Connecticut State University System and home to more than 10,000 students. More than 100 graduate and undergraduate academic programs are offered in the areas of arts and sciences, business, education, and health and human services. The school maintains its traditional focus on teacher education and also has a strong nursing program in addition to its many liberal arts electives.  Website


Seven-thousand full-time undergraduate and graduate students attend the University of New Haven. The university has a number of satellite campuses throughout Connecticut as well as a study-abroad location in Prato, Italy. The university has been recognized as one of the best colleges in the country by the Princeton Review. Offering more than 50 undergraduate majors and 30 graduate degree programs, University of New Haven is likely able to satisfy many interests. Small class sizes offer an intimate learning environment. More than 150 clubs, a student-run newspaper and radio station, study-abroad programs, and many other activities make the University of New Haven experience enjoyable and well-rounded.  Website

High School at Turnbridge

High school students at Turnbridge have two paths to graduation. Some clients complete customized distance education to gain a high school diploma.  Others may graduate from their home high school.

Turnbridge academic advisors can sometimes work with school districts to allow Turnbridge clients to complete curriculum and graduate from their home high schools. High schools send course materials to Turnbridge Academic Advisors who develop an educational plan for the client, teach course content, proctor exams and return completed materials to schools for grading.

A wide range of distance learning high school programs can be customized to meet individual client preferences and learning needs. Turnbridge Academic advisors align client needs with an appropriate program, design a distance education plan, and help clients complete coursework, proctor exams, and submit completed work for grading by the distance learning program.

The college planning process begins as clients near high school graduation. Turnbridge Academy aligns prepared clients with exceptional colleges and universities ready to welcome students in recovery.

As clients near high school graduation, college planning begins. Turnbridge academic advisors assist clients with every aspect of college preparation, help clients find the right educational opportunity.