Primary/Secondary Education

Approved Massachusetts Special Education Schools

The National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP)

Federation for Children with Special Needs


National Home Education Research Institute

Massachusetts Home Learning Association (MHLA)

Cottage school website

School Listing

While not comprehensive, the following tables include a listing of schools in MA serving the special needs community. Please provide feedback and input to help our site grow.

ADHD/ADD = Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder/Attention Deficit Disorder LI = Language Impaired
BD = Behaviorally Disorder MHC = Multiply Handicapped
BI = Brain Injury NLD/NVLD = Non-Verbal Learning Disabled
DD = Developmental Disabilities PDD = Pervasive Developmental Disorders
ED = Emotionally Disturbed/Emotional Disabilities PHY HC = Physically Handicapped
LD = Learning Disabled/Disabilities PTSD = Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
School Name Location Starting Grade/Age Programs Board Teacher:Student Ratio
Community Therapeutic Day School Lexington Ages 3-12 LD/ED/BD/DD No 2:8
Cotting Lexington Ages 3-22 PHY HC/LD No 1:1
Lighthouse North Chelmsford Ages 3-22 LD/ED/MHC 1:6 to 1:1
May Institute Braintree, Chatham, West Springfield, & Woburn Ages 3-22 Autism/PDD/DD/BI Some Small
Milestones Waltham Ages 3-22 Asperger’s Syndrome, PDD, Nonverbal Learning Disabilities (NVLD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Tourette’s Syndrome (TS), Anxiety Disorders, Central Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD), and other neuro-cognitive disorders. No Small
Perkins Lancaster Ages 4-18 Bipolar Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, ADHD, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome Yes 1:6 to 1:1
Learning Prep School West Newton Grades K-12 LI/LD No 1:6
Dearborn Academy Arlington Ages 5-21 LD/BD/ED/LI/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)/Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities (NVLD)/Anxiety/PTSD No 1:1.5
Melmark Andover Ages 5-12 Autism/PDD/DD/BI Yes Small
Walker Needham Ages 5-13
Beacon HS Ages 14-22
LD/BD/ED/ADD/PDD Yes 1:2 or 1:3
Carroll Lincoln Grades 1-8 LD No 1:1 or 1:4
Summit Academy School Leominster Ages 6-15 Asperger’s Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities (NVLD) No 2:12 (1:6)
Curtis Blake Day School Springfield Ages 6-16 LD/LI/LLD/Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities (NVLD) No 1:3
Reed Academy Framingham Ages 7-21 LD/BD/ED
(All Boys)
Yes 1:5
Gifford Weston Grades 3-12 LD/BD/ED No 1:6
Landmark Manchester, MA Ages 8-22 LD Yes: Most every student gets 1:1 and 1:6-8
White Oak Westfield Ages 9-18 LD No 1:3
Clearway West Newton Ages 11-18 LD/LI/ADD/NLD No 1:3 or 1:4
Willow Hill Sudbury Ages 11-18 LD/ADD/+ No 1:8
Corwin-Russell Sudbury Ages 11-19 LD/ADD/NLD No
Riverview School East Sandwich, Cape Cod Ages 11-22 ADD/LD/NLD Yes: All 1:5
New England Academy Beverly Grade 6+ Social/emotional disabilities No
Beacon High School Watertown Ages 15-22 EM/mild LD/strong academics No 1:3

Religious Schools

School Name Location Starting Grade/Age Population Served Board Teacher:Student Ratio
Jewish COmmunity Day School Newton Grades K-8 Mild LD No 1:15
Country Day School of the Holy Union Groton Grades K-8 Mild LD No 1:15
Imago Maynard Grades 1-10 Mild LD No 1:12
St. John’s Shrewsbury Grades 9-12 Mild LD (all boys) No 1:30
St. Sebastian’s Needham Grades 7-12 LD (all boys) No 1:6
Arlington Catholic High School Arlington grades 9-12 No