Special Needs Schools in Massachusetts

Some of Massachusett’s best schools either accept, exclusively, motivated kids with learning and other disabilities, or are “LD-friendly,” offering individualized work with LD students. They tend to be small, and admission is competitive; the application process typically begins at least a year in advance. Different types of state aid may be available. Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and school success is a prevalent problem for middle school and high school students. ADD/ADHD has symptoms that include inattention to detail, impulsivity, poor concentration, and, possibly, oppositional defiance disorder.

After more than a decade of research and press about learning disabilities and the controversial practice of medicating children as young as 4, Massachusetts private and public schools are alert, if not hypersensitive, to the earliest signs of trouble. At the same time, an ever-expanding legion of specialists is helping kids with learning issues and learning disabilities decode language and handle the rigorous homework and exams that competitive private schools demand. All this attention allows many bewildered, underachieving elementary-school kids to make dramatic gains and perform much more like the intelligent children that they are.

Public schools are mandated by the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act to educate all children in the “least restrictive environment.” Hence, LD kids, who made up more than half of the students referred to special education last year, are usually mainstreamed in general-ed classes and given an Individual Education Plan, or IEP, that outlines whatever additional tutoring, therapy, or accommodations are needed.

Naturally, some districts do a better job than others, and what looks good on paper doesn’t necessarily live up to its promise. Some parents who don’t feel their child’s IEP is working and have borrowed money, mortgaged their houses, taken funds out of their 401(k)’s, borrowed $1,000 from 25 different relatives to pay tuition. It’s not because they don’t want their kids to go to public school. They just want them to get an appropriate education.


Arlington, Massachusetts Special Needs Schools

Dearborn Academy

34 Winter St.


Dearborn Academy is a special education day school serving children with emotional, social and learning challenges.


Beverly, Massachusetts Special Needs Schools

Beverly School for the Deaf

6 Echo Ave.


Beverly School for the Deaf is open to all children with any degree of hearing loss, from preschool to high school.


Boston, Massachusetts Special Needs Schools

Carter Developmental Center

396 Northampton St


Carter is a coeducational public special needs school for students in grades 6 through 12.


William McKinley

90 Warren Ave.


William McKinley is a coeducational public special needs school for students in grades 1 through 12.


Brighton, Massachusetts Special Needs Schools

Franciscan Hospital for Children – Kennedy Day School

30 Warren St.


The Kennedy Day School provides children ages 3 to 22 with their own Individualized Education Program.


Cambridge, Massachusetts Special Needs Schools

Farr Academy

71 Pearl St.


Farr Academy accepts students in grades 7 through 12 and provides them with the right programs to help them learn and grow academically, socially and emotionally.


Canton, Massachusetts Special Needs Schools

Judge Rotenberg Educational Center

250 Turnpike St.


Serves children from age 3 to adult and offers many different programs ranging from special needs day, respite and residential school.


Cape Cod, Massachusetts Special Needs Schools

Riverview School

551 Route 6A


Riverview School offers boarding school as well as a day school for children ages 11 to 19. They also offer a five week summer program for ages 17 to 22.


Chelmsford, Massachusetts Special Needs Schools

The Paul Center

39 Concord Rd.


The Paul Center offers programs for children 6 to 21 years old. The programs have many different options depending on your needs, ranging from Saturday Respite Care to an overnight summer camp.


Dartmouth, Massachusetts Special Needs Schools

Schwartz Center for Children

1 Posa Place


The Schwartz Center for Children offers many different programs and services for children with special health care needs as young as newborns.


Fall River, Massachusetts Special Needs Schools

Fall River Deaconess Home

P.O Box 2118


Fall River Deaconess Home offers residential and educational programs to young women ages 11 to 22.


Framingham, Massachusetts Special Needs Schools

Reed Academy

1 Winch St.


The main focus for Reed Academy is to promote emotional and academic growth for young boys with special needs. They offer residential school as well as a day program.


Learning Center for the Deaf

848 Central St.


The Learning Center for the Deaf offers campus based programs for children ages 3 to 14 who are deaf or hard of hearing.


Great Barrington, Massachusetts Special Needs Schools

Eagleton School

446 Monterey Rd.


Eagleton School offers private, year-round residential and therapeutic programs for boys ages 9 to 12 years old.


Hanover, Massachusetts Special Needs Schools

Cardinal Cushing Centers

405 Washington St.


The Cardinal Cushing Center offers children of all ages with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disabilities many different programs and services to help the students reach their goals.


Hardwick, Massachusetts Special Needs Schools

Eagle Hill School

242 Old Petersham Rd.


The Eagle Hill School offers students in grades 8 through 12 a college prep boarding school program. They also offer academic and recreational summer camps for ages 10 to 18 years old.


Lexington, Massachusetts Special Needs Schools

Cotting School

453 Concord Ave.


The Cotting School offers students ages 3 to 22 years old education programs that are specialized for each student.


Community Therapeutic Day School

187 Spring St.


Community Therapeutic Day Schools offers children ages 3 to 12 years old with neurologic and emotional disabilities different programs ranging from a 10-month program to a four-week summer program.



Lincoln, Massachusetts Special Needs Schools

The Carroll School

25 Baker Bridge Rd.


The Carroll School is a day school for elementary and middle school students who have specific learning disabilities.


Londmeadow, Massachusetts Special Needs Schools

Willie Ross School for the Deaf

32 Norway St.


Willie Ross School for the Deaf offers a dual campus program for children in pre-k to high school.


Methuen, Massachusetts Special Needs Schools

St. Ann’s Home & School

100A Haverhill St.


St. Ann’s Home and School offers young children and adolescents a residential program, day school program and outpatient services.


Northampton, Massachusetts Special Needs Schools

Clarke School for the Deaf

Center for Oral Education

47 Round Hill Road


With many different locations, the Clark School offers children who are deaf and hard of hearing with skills they will need to succeed in life.


Prides Crossing, Massachusetts Special Needs Schools

Landmark School

429 Hale St.


Landmark School offers co-educational programs for grades 2 through 12.


Randolph, Massachusetts Special Needs Schools

May Institute (multiple locations)

41 Pacella Park Drive


May Institute offers year-round programs to children with autism.


Boston Higashi School

800 North Main St.


Boston Higashi School offers residential and day programs to children and young adults with autism.


Watertown, Massachusetts Special Needs Schools

Perkins School for the Blind

175 North Beacon St.


Perkins School for the Blind offers many educational programs and services for adults and children who are blind, visually impaired and deaf and blind.


West Newton, Massachusetts Special Needs Schools

Learning Prep School

1507 Washington St.


Learning Prep School offers day programs to children with language and learning challenges, ages 7 to 22 years old.


Weston, Massachusetts Special Needs Schools

The Gifford School

177 Boston Post Rd.


The Gifford School offers small class sizes to lower school, middle school and high school students to help the students receive individual support during classes.


Worcester, Massachusetts Special Needs Schools

G. Stanley Hall School

41 Randolph Rd.


G. Stanley Hall School is a traditional school offering individualized programs to students’ ages 8 to 13 years old.


1 Review
Ren West
Braintree, MA
Great resource for special needs schools in Massachusetts

When we moved to the Boston area we had two children going in to the local public elementary school which is wonderful. However, unfortunately, it soon became apparent that our daughter needed additional help that was beyond the resources of her elementary. Thanks to this resource for special needs schools in Massachusetts, we were able to begin our research on possible options and are very happy with our choice of Boston Higashi School

January 2018

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