About Us

Cottage Seven Academy was established to serve southeastern school districts as a specialized program for students with exceptionalities.  Cottage Seven’s goal is to create an environment that challenges students socially and academically and to raise their personal expectations related to success in school.  Using a model that uses quality instruction from highly qualified instructors to drive student achievement, we establish a school culture that harbors relationships and prepares students to make good decisions during moments of adversity.  Cottage Seven’s model was widely implemented in school districts spanning the United States.  Cottage Seven’s principal and founder Bret Wade (Phoenixville, PA) decided it was time to open a school using his proven practice and principles closer to home.  We at Cottage Seven hope to provide an option that school districts and parents can trust.   Cottage Seven has their child’s best interest in mind while challenging them to expect more from themselves.  We understand that there is no magic program or system to achieve greatness in school, it takes teamwork, determination, and resources; Cottage Seven Academy has all three.

Bret O. Wade II, M. ED

Chief Executive Officer


Bret Wade has been the primary change agent for projects in several districts over the past 10 years. A few are listed below:


  • Philadelphia, PA
  • York City, PA
  • Harrisburg, PA
  • Trenton, NJ
  • Camden, NJ
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Maury, TN
  • Lincoln, NE
  • Clarkesville, TN


“We cannot keep our kids from facing adversity, it is the decisions they make when faced with adversities that define their character”


-Bret Wade

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Cottage Seven Academy

1191 Hares Hill Road

Phoenixville, PA 19460