Summer Program

The 2021 Dearborn Academy Summer Program will run from July 1 – August 12th. Students attend Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Our Summer Program is designed to meet the needs of students who will benefit from academic support as well as opportunities to socialize with friends, learn new skills, get outdoors and have fun! We offer separate programs for:


  1. Elementary and middle school students, Grades 3-8

  2. High school students, Grades 9-12



The summer program is open to current Dearborn students whose IEPs include extended year services, as well as students from other schools or programs. Referrals to this program are 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

Students attend Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The summer program’s student/staff ratio is less than 4:1, and the staff is comprised of teachers, clinicians and other specialists who specialize in working with young people with learning differences and/or social and emotional challenges. 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. 


Field trips are an important component of the summer program. Trips are about having fun and learning something new as well as emphasizing trust, group support and team building.


We serve breakfast and lunch every day.


Elementary and Middle School

Each day begins with breakfast and check-in with students to go over the structure of the day. For two days each week, students attend carefully planned field trips. On the other days, students follow a consistent schedule and routine with a variety of academic and activity-based experiences. Each student has at least one daily academic period which focuses on the specific recommendations of their academic year teacher. Depending on the needs of the student, it may be reading, math or language arts.


Beyond academic work, students have the opportunity to sample a range of activities, including taking part in the summer jobs program or enjoying arts and crafts, computer instruction, sports or drama offerings. Many choose to participate in a summer favorite, a weekly music program where they are introduced to various instruments and have fun making music in a drumming circle.


Students also participate in group counseling, which usually focuses on themes such as making friends or getting along with others and is often accompanied by a group activity.


High School

Students have math and English classes each morning and then participate in off-campus activities. Students who require specialized reading instruction meet with a reading specialist in the morning before leaving for community trips. Outings include college visits, volunteer opportunities and trips to local attractions such as the beach, bowling, the Freedom Trail, and many more! Rising seniors write a college admissions essay and work on resume building.


Please call 781.641.5992 or email us at to learn more about Dearborn Academy’s High School Summer Program.