About



Renovations are underway to prepare the future home for Dearborn Academy beginning in summer 2017.

Contact

Schools for Children -
Paul Stein
781-641-2424, ext. 1001
pstein@schoolsforchildreninc.org

Dearborn Academy -
Rebecca Altepeter
781-641-5992, ext. 3018
raltepeter@dearbornacademy.org

 

Who We Serve:

 

Dearborn Academy serves students in grades 3-12 with average to above average cognitive profiles. We operate both a school year and a six week summer program. Our students have experienced emotional distress and learning challenges in their previous learning environments. The need for increased support and specialized instruction often arises as the result of the following:

  • Anxiety, depression, PTSD

  • ADHD/ADD

  • Bipolar disorder

  • Social pragmatics challenges

  • Complex language- based learning challenges, including Dyslexia

  • Executive Functioning challenges

  • School attendance struggles

 

We offer a rich, engaging learning environment responsive to the needs of this student population. In the past five years 100% of our seniors have passed the MCAS and graduated with a diploma from their sending district and/or from Dearborn Academy.

 

Students who do not find success at Dearborn include those who:

  • Act out aggressively in their home or school communities on a regular basis in spite of interventions

  • Have moderate to significant challenges resulting from Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Have an intellectual impairment

  • Use drugs or alcohol on a regular basis and are not willing to get help

 

We re-engage students in learning and prepare them for college and career:

  • Some students get extra help through meeting one on one or in small groups with special educators, speech and language pathologists or our occupational therapist in the elementary/middle school or high school Learning Centers.

  • Students who require a multi-sensory, systematic reading program will be taught skills through the Wilson Reading System or the Wisnia Kapp Reading Program.

  • All of our students take the MCAS with accommodations.

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Our Elementary/Middle School Program serves students in grades 3-8. Their classrooms have between five and nine students with a special educator and assistant teacher.

Our high school classrooms have between eight and twelve students with a special educator and assistant teacher.

  • Students in grades 11 and 12 meet individually each week with a College and Career Services counselor in addition to attending weekly classes aimed at building life and transitional skills.

 

We are well known for our arts and vocational programs:

All Dearborn students have the opportunity to enhance their academic, social and vocational skills through music, gym, computer, and art classes. All students take wood shop, and high school students have additional instruction in culinary arts, metalwork, and jewelry.

 

Family involvement is at the heart of our success:

Families are key partners in our work, and are contacted regularly as we share information about student progress and enlist their support in working to help their children learn new skills to be successful students. Dearborn Academy offers monthly family support groups as well as family therapy on a short term basis when addressing issues within the family system that affect the student’s success in school.

 

We use empirically based and innovative therapies:

  • Students at Dearborn have weekly individual therapy to learn coping skills and strategies to overcome life’s challenges. Each student meets individually with a masters level clinician or graduate intern at least once a week.

  • When not in sessions, our clinicians spend time in the milieu and classrooms teaching students how to apply the skills and strategies learned in counseling in their learning and social environments.

  • A team of milieu counselors reinforce teaching of coping skills both in and out of the classroom setting as needed.

  • All students participate in weekly group sports therapy through our contract with Doc Wayne (www.docwayne.org). Dearborn clinicians and staff team up with Doc Wayne clinicians to reinforce skills based on cognitive behavioral therapy via the medium of sport.

  • Dearborn contracts with the Cambridge Health Alliance to have a psychiatrist come to campus once a week. Our psychiatrist consults with interested families, the school team, and prescribes medication when appropriate.

 

We have made new community partnerships in Newton:

Through our partnership with Community Rowing, Inc. our students have the opportunity to participate in on-water rowing activities and compete in the annual YETI, a dryland youth rowing competition.

We have teamed up with the Newton YMCA, located one minute’s drive from campus. Interested students in grades 3-8 are accompanied to the Y by a Dearborn staff member who assists them in afterschool programming once a week, paid for by their families.

 

We have fun!

Dearborn students enjoy experiences that those in public school do, such as high school prom, field trips around Boston, and playing basketball on a competitive team as part of the Greater Boston Basketball League. We also organize events like Color Day, Field Day, an annual Turkey Trot 5k, Halloween and tailgating parties.

 

We invite you to come see our new school. Please contact me at raltepeter@dearbornacademy.org.

 

We look forward to seeing you!

 

Best,

 

 

Rebecca Altepeter

Head of School