November Return to Full-Time,
In-Person Instruction

  We are excited to announce that we plan to return to our “regular” schedule of Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Wednesday from …

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School Year 2020-2021 Opening

Dearborn Academy has exciting plans for the 2020-2021 School Year with the safety and security of our students and staff as our guide.   Our plan, as it now stands, …

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Caregiving in a Pandemic:  When the Professional and Personal Collide

  By Sheilah M. Gauch, LICSW, M.Ed., Principal of Dearborn Academy   When schools first closed and we were all sent home in March, I initially stayed grounded in how …

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Pride Month 2020

By Hannah Sycks, High School Teacher   June is Pride Month for the LGBTQ+ community! In past years, I have met with LGBTQ+ students and allies at Dearborn and discussed …

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Challenging Racism

By Rebecca Altepeter,  Dearborn Academy Head of School   As I walked through my neighborhood earlier this week, I was aware that in my white skin, the only immediate threat …

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Dearborn Huddle

By Rebecca Altepeter, Head of School    “Rebecca, what are you doing in there? Nearly every morning we hear laughing and a loud ‘whoop!’ around 8:15am,” wondered an assistant teacher …

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Don’t Just Look at Yourself, Watch Yourself

By Head of School Rebecca Altepeter   I have a mad listening face – distinguishable from RBF because I am not resting, I am listening intently. My first clue was …

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Providing Academic and Clinical Support During the COVID-19 School Closure

Following the emergency order by Governor Charlie Baker to suspend normal educational operations at schools, Dearborn Academy will continue to provide remote learning and student and family support for the …

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Helping Our Students Continue to Learn During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As with all Schools for Children programs and schools, the health and safety of Dearborn Academy students, caregivers and staff are of the utmost importance. Therefore, there will be no …

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Battling A Dangerous Addiction

In November 2019, as part of the 2019-20 Thinking Differently about Learning Differently Speaker Series, Dearborn Academy hosted the discussion Tween and Teen Vaping: A Dangerous Addiction with Tracy Rose-Tynes, …

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Caring for Caregivers

By Sheilah M. Gauch, M.Ed, LICSW, Principal, Dearborn Academy   The task of caring for a child with significant mental health needs is truly heroes’ work – and can be …

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Growing Up Stressed or Mindful?

According to the American Psychological Association, teenagers are the most stressed group in the United States, juggling myriad responsibilities from holding down their first job to creating a post-high school …

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A Q&A on the Benefits of Restorative Practices

With Rebecca Altepeter, Head of School, Dearborn Academy   Q: What started you on this path? RA: At Dearborn Academy, we became concerned that traditional methods of assigning arbitrary consequences …

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Restorative Practices: A Parent’s Viewpoint — and Thanks

I wanted to share with you how invaluable the services that Dearborn Academy has provided to my daughter over the past two years.  When it comes to this school there …

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DESE Mid-Cycle Review 2019

Dearborn Fully Implements DESE Mid-Cycle Review Requirements The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) reviews all special education programs for compliance with state and federal regulations every six …

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A Deeper Dive Into SMARTS Executive Functioning Strategies

By Hannah Turner   During the 2018-2019 school year, Dearborn teachers took a deeper dive in executive functioning and strategy instruction through the SMARTS Executive Function Curriculum. Executive functions are a …

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Spring 2020 Crafts Sale

The sale will not be held this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic; watch this space for 2020-21 craft sale.    Twice a year, Dearborn Academy’s young artists offer a …

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2020-2021 School Year at Dearborn

Learn about Dearborn Academy’s plans for the 2020-2021 school year, which began with a hybrid model of in-person and remote learning – guided by the priorities of safety and security for our students and staff.