Annual Fund

Your Support Makes a Difference


Your gift helps our students master learning challenges to achieve academic and personal success.


Through the generosity, spirit and commitment of families, friends, staff and Dearborn Academy alumni, the Annual Fund provides exceptional educational opportunities that make Dearborn a special place for learning and growing. Every gift, whether $1, $10, $100 or $1,000 makes a difference for our students. Thank you for your support! 


2019 – 2020 Annual Fund

Goal: $7,500

Raised to Date: $3,365

The Dearborn Difference

For more than 70 years, Dearborn Academy has been a leader in individualized education for students with learning, social and emotional challenges. Some of our students have experienced years of frustration in educational settings but have great potential for success. Our educators, clinicians and specialists help students rebuild their interest in learning and discover a new direction so students can experience the transforming power of education in a caring community.


Your gift for educational enrichment at Dearborn plays a critical role in helping us build a strong, supportive – and fun – community for students.


Technology Upgrades

$5 – A license for Read & Write for a student with reading challenges
$350 – A Chromebook
$1,000 – MacBook Air for photo and design classwork
$5,000 – Smartboard to support specialized classroom learning 

Investment in Community Traditions

$20 – Holiday dinner celebration at Dearborn for 5 students
$50 – A Senior Week activity
$25 – One high school prom ticket

Educational Enrichment

$10 – A book or journal subscription for the Library to encourage reading outside of class
$75 – College and career resource materials
$10 – Enrichment art and shop supplies for a student’s individualized project
$100 – A session of specialized music instruction

Special Projects

$1,200 – A Dearborn sign in front of the building to make our presence known in the community


Thank you for your support of Dearborn Academy, a Schools for Children program.



Examples of Your Support at Work

Attending community events like prom and our annual Thanksgiving dinner builds social skills. Organizing a community service project to aid homeless families strengthens executive function and supports social development. Improving reading skills through specialized technology, engaging in team sports, mastering a musical instrument and creating one-of-a-kind artwork all build confidence and persistence.


Students with learning challenges often miss out on these opportunities in special education programs. Thanks to gifts like yours, these activities are an essential part of every Dearborn student’s experience.


Thank you for your confidence in Dearborn Academy. We are a community united in our belief that every student deserves a chance for success.


Please makes checks payable to Dearborn Academy, 575 Washington Street, Newton, MA 02458, Attn: Pat Hill (memo line: Annual Fund 2019-20). Again, thank you!


Donors who give more than $1,500 annually become members of Friends of Dearborn Academy. Please email us to learn more.


Thanks to the generosity of friends and donors, Dearborn’s programs are among the finest in the state’s special education system.