Summit Academy is committed to a therapeutic school model focused on small class size, differentiated small group instruction, multi-modal learning experiences, and therapeutic support.
Each multi-age classroom of 12 students is staffed by two certified teachers and an instructional aide. High quality academics are based on the Common Core and Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, and are assessed throughout the year using the nationally normed NWEA MAP Test.
Our 198 day school year begins in August, and runs through the end of June, following the public school calendar. Summer Enrichment programs are offered during the month of July.
Our small, nurturing environment has proven to be the ideal setting for our students to reach their full potential and to achieve their goals.
Occupational therapy services are supervised by a licensed Registered Occupational Therapist (OT/R) and are delivered by an on-site licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant (OT/A).
Students often work in small groups with an OT/A focused on their individual goals related to fine motor or sensory strategies.
Speech language services are supervised by a licensed Speech Language Pathologist and are delivered by an on-site licensed speech assistant.
The focus of speech and language therapy includes targeting atypical and/or delayed speech and language skills such as language, social communication, and cognitive-communication.
Summit Academy transition program empowers our students for whatever they choose to do next. A helix approach in our daily transition classes focuses on self determination, social skills and independent living skills. Our core ideology teaches responsibility for oneself, being an integral member of the team and community.
Social/Emotional Learning curricula is provided daily to support students in participating in a positive school climate. In addition, specific bullying prevention approaches are taught as part of that curriculum by use of Summit Academies modalities.
Summit Academy uses positive behavioral supports based on the principles of applied behavior analysis. We focus on the development of positive relationships with adults and peers, modeling, teaching and rewarding pro-social, healthy and respectful behaviors.
A Mental Health Counselor is available to all students as part of our social and emotional wellness program. Counselors identify and address problems before they escalate or become chronic, and provide intensive, data-driven services for individual students as needed.
A Mental Health Counselor is available to all students as part of our social and emotional wellness program. Counselors identify and address problems before they escalate or become chronic, and provide intensive, data-driven services.
Emotional Support Dog
Lou is our emotional support dog, rescued by our history teacher, Mr. Hesselton, in September of 2019. His kind eyes, warm demeanor, and innate ability to understand the emotions of our students make him the perfect support dog.