Special Education


Support Services

Students who are found eligible for specialized instruction and/or related services can receive support through a variety of services. Most students will be served in the general education setting. For students who require specialized instruction and/or related services, the services below are available. 


The Learning Network provides an alternative or modified curriculum and inclusive classroom supports for students with significant developmental disabilities and cognitive challenges. The class follows the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks using entry points to match each student’s ability. The functional based instruction is provided in small group or one to one settings in various academic areas. Students are also supported in inclusion settings with paraprofessionals as designated in the students’ IEP. Instruction is also given in activities of daily living, and vocational skills which are an integral part of the community experience. 


B.A.S.I.S. (Behavior Academic Social and Inclusion Supports) is based upon scientific evidence and includes an emphasis on the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA). This service was developed for students who experience significant behavior, social and communication, and/or cognitive difficulties. Students are taught in a variety of instructional formats through a collaborative team approach. The B.A.S.I.S.  components include: promoting acquisition of adaptive behavior skills, evidence-based individualized and small group instruction, social skills and social language instruction and/or supports, meaningful inclusion participation, and collaborative teaming across educational personnel, and building school-to­-home partnerships. 


Connections is an alternative high school service for students on an IEP who have difficulty accessing the general education curriculum and school community due to social emotional issues. Students in Connections  generally have average cognitive ability. 

Connections provides academic support, in school counseling, and small group instruction as needed. This collaborative program provides wrap around services to students with severe social/emotional needs. 


Focus is a support service for both regular and special education students who are experiencing academic and/or social/emotional stressors which interferes with their academic program in the school setting. Students in Focus receive a range of services which may include counseling and academic support. Students in Focus present with less intense social/emotional challenges and services are often short term.