The Westport Day School
Therapeutic Education Cultivating Mindfulness, Ethics, and Wisdom


  • Mindfulness

    Our clinical psychologist, Dr. Mark Beitel, conducts research on mindfulness. Mindfulness involves non-judgmental awareness of the present moment and is central to the WDS educational model. His most recent article can be found at:

    Stillness and motion: An empirical investigation of mindfulness and self-actualization

  • School Fair for students with Learning Differences

    The Westport Day School will be participating in the Private School Fair for students with Learning Differences this Thursday, October 17, 2013. Come learn about alternative and private school options and speak to experts in the field.

  • Parents as Partners Meeting!

    Parents of enrolled students are invited to our first Parents as Partners meeting on Tuesday, October 8th at 7pm. This group is led by Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Stephanie Ehrman.

  • Welcome Back to School!

    We welcome our students back to school on Tuesday, September 3rd. We accept rolling admissions and welcome new students throughout the year.

  • The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan!

    Entrepreneur, inventor and dyslexia activist Ben Foss will speak on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 7:00 pm at Eagle-Hill Southport School, 214 Main Street in Southport, CT. Register here:

Trends in Therapeutic Education...

  • School Refusal - Mark Beitel, Ph.D.

    "Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free... Educations shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms... Parents have a prior right to chose the kind of education that shall be given to their children" (United _Nations 1948).

    Access to education is a basic human right that is protected by US law. However, some children are unable or unwilling to avail themselves of their right to education. One subgroup of these children is referred to as "school refusers." School refusal has been defined as "child-motivated refusal to attend school or difficulties remaining in school for an entire day" (Kearney 1996). School refusal stands in contrast to truancy, which is more associated with conduct problems (Berg 1993).

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