Summer Program

Dearborn Academy Extended School Year 


Our Summer Program is designed to meet the needs of students who will benefit from therapeutic and academic support as well as opportunities to socialize with friends, learn new skills, get outdoors and have fun! Our goals are to prevent regression and provide positive social experiences and adventures. 


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 Academy 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. 


Program Structure*


Students attend the Dearborn Academy Summer Program Monday through Thursday, 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The program’s student/staff ratio is less than 4:1, and the team includes special education teachers, clinicians and other professionals who specialize in working with young people with learning differences and/or social and emotional challenges. Breakfast and lunch are served each day.


Daily Overview


Each day begins with breakfast and a check-in with students to go over the structure of the day. Students follow a consistent schedule and routine with a variety of academic and activity based experiences, including a field trip each day.


Students participate in a daily review of the academic skills in executive functioning, literacy and math that they gained during the school year. Juniors and seniors write draft essays for college admissions. Students who require specialized reading instruction meet with a reading specialist in the morning before leaving for community trips.


Students also participate in weekly community-building circles. Beyond academic work, students have the opportunity to sample a range of activities, including enjoying arts and crafts, computer instruction, sports or drama offerings.


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. Students attend off-campus field trips with peers in their program. Elementary and middle school outings include attractions such as the beach, bowling and the Freedom Trail. In addition to activity-based trips, high school students have the opportunity to attend college visits and volunteer locally.


Please call 781.641.5992 or email us at to learn more.