At Summit Academy day school, we meet each student where they are on their journey and develop an individualized education plan in partnership with their school district. Our small, nurturing environment has proven to be the ideal setting for our students to reach their full potential and to achieve their individual goals. Each multi-age classroom of up to twelve students is staffed by two certified teachers along with an instructional aide.
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. 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.
In addition to our high-quality academics, Summit Academy offers a variety of enrichment and supportive services to all of our students. These include:
Occupational Therapy (OT) 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.
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.
Speech and 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.
Positive behavioral supports are based on the empirically proven principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Our staff focuses on the development of positive relationships with adults and peers, modeling, teaching and rewarding pro-social, healthy and respectful behaviors.
Transition planning program empowers our students for their endeavors after their departure from the Summit Academy. 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 while being an integral member of the team and community.
Lou is our emotional support dog, rescued by our history teacher - Mr. Hesselton in September 2019. His kind eyes, warm demeanor and innate ability to understand the emotions of our students make him the perfect support dog.