Summer Program

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High School Summer Learning Adventures

The Dearborn Academy Summer Learning Adventures (SLA) is a unique program designed to meet the needs of high school students who will benefit from academic support as well as opportunities to socialize with friends, learn new skills, get outdoors and have fun.


Summer Learning Adventures is open to current Dearborn students whose IEP calls for the summer program, as well as students from other schools or programs. Referral to this program must be made by special education directors or out-of-district coordinators. Dearborn reviews every candidate carefully to make sure that the summer program is a good fit.

We also consider private pay students. Please call 781.641.5992 or email us at to learn more.

Program Structure

The 2019 Summer Learning Adventures program will run through August 4th. Students attend Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

Enrollment is limited to 25 students. The summer program's student/staff ratio is less than 4/1, and the staff is comprised of teachers, therapists and other specialists who specialize in working with young people with learning differences and low self-esteem. Our goal is to help students consolidate and build on the academic progress they made in the previous school year and provide positive social experiences and adventures. 


Depending on the day, students participate in all-day off-campus field trips or follow a regular schedule at the school. On in-school days students take at least one learning intensive in math, language arts or MCAS preparation. We may also be able to offer coursework to help student who are behind in their credits. In-school days also include group counseling and jobs. On field-trip days, students have a chance to get out and explore in the company of friends and supportive adults.

Learning Intensives

Our summer program can provide reading support, pragmatics, speech and language therapy, and MCAS preparation for students who need it. Our learning intensives are usually one-on-one and rarely include more than three students. Intensives may meet one to three periods per week during class time and are individually designed to support the students enrolled in our program.


Field trips are a central part of the summer learning adventure at Dearborn Academy. Each week we offer one adventure based trip and one trip that is more about having fun or learning something new. Adventure based trips usually involve a challenge, and include group building skills, and instilling the values of support and encouragement for each other.

Adventures trips

  • Indoor rock climbing 
  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing
  • Hiking

Recreational and educational field trips

  • Trips to local beaches, ponds, and lakes
  • Theme park visits
  • Rollerblading
  • Rainy day movie
  • Museums
  • The Freedom Trail


We serve lunch every day and also provide free periods for relaxation and social interaction. After lunch on in-school days students choose among a range activities. Most activities run for about 45 minutes. Activities may include:

  • Book group
  • Drama
  • Arts & crafts
  • Movie making
  • Game design
  • Computers
  • Sports and games 

School Jobs

The Jobs Program is available to all students. The program runs one period on days when students are not on field trips. Student jobs including taking on small projects around the school, cleaning, working on the school grounds including office work, landscaping, janitorial and repair projects. They also learn about work responsibilities. All students are paid a wage for their work. School jobs are a great way to gain a little experience for your resume and earn a little pocket money. 


Every day students meet in small groups with a staff therapist for group therapy and support. Students explore topics such as peer pressure, transitions and adolescent development. Our goal is to create healthy conversations on difficult topics and help all our students grow personally and socially as well as academically.

Please call 781.641.5992 or email us at to learn more.about Dearborn Academy's High School Summer Learning Adventures.

We offer a similar program for elementary/middle school students. Learn more here.