Annual Fund

Your Support Transforms Learning


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


Thank you for your support! 


The Dearborn Difference


For more than seven decades, 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. Here are just some of the ways you are helping transform the learning and lives of our students:


Community Investment


  • Racial justice initiatives to strengthen diversity and inclusion for students and staff

  • Training in restorative practice to help students work together more productively and collegially 


Educational Enrichment


  • College and career resource materials

  • Enrichment art and shop supplies for a student’s individualized project

  • A book or journal subscription for the library to encourage reading outside of class, especially to develop deep learning about different cultures

  • A session of specialized music instruction


Technology Upgrades


  • A Chromebook, an integral part of 21st century teaching and learning

  • MacBook Air for photo and design classwork

  • A license for Read & Write for a student with reading challenges

  • Smartboard to support specialized classroom learning for in-person and remote learning 


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


Please makes checks payable to Dearborn Academy, 575 Washington Street, Newton, MA 02458, Attn: Pat Hill (memo line: Annual Fund 2022-2023). Again, thank you!


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

Examples of Your Support at Work


Clothing Drive donation binFrom helping students feel comfortable on camera in a Zoom classroom to restorative practice circles and racial justice initiatives, your donation helps students strengthen social-emotional learning to work together more productively.


Your support helps students create special projects, such as a warm clothing drive or aid to homeless families, that strengthen executive function and social development. Your donation also provides students with the opportunity to improve their reading skills through specialized technology, master a musical instrument or create one-of-a-kind artwork – building confidence and persistence.


Students with learning challenges often miss out on these opportunities in special education programs. Thanks to gifts like yours, these activities can be 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.