Mission Statement

Wright School provides best practice, cost-effective residential mental health treatment to North Carolina's children, ages 6 to 12, with serious emotional and behavioral disorders and supports each child's family and community in building the capacity to meet children's special needs in their home, school and local community.


  • Mental health treatment program that provides a unique combination of residential services and in- home parent practice towards the goal of children living at home full time.
  • On-campus school serving children and youth with special needs (K-8) in self-contained classrooms
  • Parental support through in-home meetings and monthly workshops
  • Professional trainings for parents, schools and community service providers
  • Structured daily activities led by highly-qualified staff in the milieu
  • Individualized special education programming led by master’s level teacher counselors
  • Group meetings for planning, problem solving and evaluation
  • Structured behavior management and feedback systems
  • Recreation and social skills training
  • Services of a board-certified child psychiatrist (including medication management), clinical social worker, speech language pathologist, reading specialist and occupational therapist
  • Community school support to include education, advocacy and development of Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)
  • Comprehensive assessment in select areas to include: educational, speech/language, social/emotional, adaptive behavior, social communication and motor skills


About the Facility

Employment Opportunities
History and Philosophy
Program Design
Referral Process
Student Entrance Requirements


Wright School
3132 North Roxboro Street
Durham, NC 27704

Pete Rich, Director
Lauren Woods, Admissions Coordinator