About Summit Academy

Our Mission is to provide a therapeutic school alternative for students with high functioning autism and related diagnoses.
Summit students have unique gifts, but many of them have difficulty succeeding in traditional school environments. Larger classes, complex social expectations, sensory disregulation, and learning differences can make it difficult to get through the day, and often lead to behavior issues.
Summit Academy understands the challenges our students face, and we have designed a school environment that teaches kids the skills they need to
succeed in school...and beyond.  Summit is a nurturing environment where 2 teachers and an instructional aide work cooperatively in classrooms of only 12 students at a time. We teach students how to cope with academic and social challenges through daily social skills instruction, positive behavior support (ABA), counseling, and hands-on learning experiences.  In addition to providing high-quality academic programming that adheres to MA state standards, Summit instructs students in therapeutic martial arts, a
highly motivating venue for learning everything from self-control to memory, coordination to cooperation.
Perhaps equally as important, parents and districts choose Summit because of our warm, collaborative school culture.  We are committed to building trust with families, districts, and supporting professionals through daily communication, transparency, and integrity.

Call today to schedule a tour, or to find out more: 508-751-8500
Our Facilities

Summit Academy is located in a quiet residential neighborhood on the west side of Worcester. The proximity to major routes allows service to all of central Massachusetts and further east, as well as northern Connecticut. Boston is approximately 45 miles east on Rt. 90. The school features spacious classrooms, a library, therapy room, all purpose room, martial arts dojo, and centralized office space. The site includes a large recreation area with playground equipment, basketball and soccer areas, and grassy spaces. Classrooms are equipped with desktop and laptop computers as well as i-pads.

Our History

Summit Academy, Massachusetts opened its doors in Leominster in 2007, received DESE approval in 2008, and moved to our Worcester facility in 2009. Summit was founded on a commitment to honoring the potential of all students, recognizing and addressing their hierarchy of needs, and creatively engaging them in hands-on learning opportunities. Therapeutic martial arts programs encourage connections between the left and right hemispheres of the brain through cross-body movement. An eclectic, strengths-based approach to social and emotional development includes principles of cognitive behavior therapy, applied behavior analysis, and opportunities for real life problem solving.

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