School-Age Program

school age program

We specialize in serving those students who require a more clinically sophisticated environment than is found in a traditional public school setting. In fact, a number of our students have been able to return to a public school setting after receiving the benefits of a Melmark New England education.

Our 1:2 teacher to student ratio allows us to focus on each student’s personal growth and development, shaping a learning environment that fits each child’s specific needs. Our staff all come to Melmark New England with at least a bachelor’s degree and are afforded extensive specialized training.  Furthermore, many of our staff have or are pursuing graduate degrees through our graduate training opportunities.  We encourage full family participation in the planning and implementation of Individual Education Plans (IEP).  Our education programs are integrated with community resources, and include both prevocational and vocational training.

  • Specially designed classrooms for students unable to attend
    public school
  • Instructional arrangements include 1:2 teacher to student (or 1:1 teacher to student if designated by the IEP)
  • All programs are based on the foundation of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and other evidence-based methodologies
  • On demand and alternative MCAS testing
  • Pre-vocational and vocational training; community work opportunities
  • Playground and attractive outdoor walking areas
  • Theme-based curriculum
  • Day school runs from 8:30am - 3:00pm, 237 day, 12 month calendar, 10 holidays
  • Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) each with over 10 years of experience provide program supervision to ensure quality control
  • Specially designed instruction and group arrangements to facilitate progress in anticipation of transitions to inclusive settings
  • On-going assessment of skills to aid in goal setting and facilitate student progress.
  • Assessments include Verbal Behavior MAPP, ABLLS, ABS, etc .
  • Extensive utilization of technology to facilitate learning:  AAC devices, iPads, Smartboards, etc.
  • Melmark New England’s After School program is available to qualified school-age students enrolled in our day program

Ancillary Services

Speech-language, occupational, and physical therapists work side-by-side with classroom teachers, facilitating the extension of these important services.  For the highest level of quality and consistency, teachers and ancillary clinical staff receive close supervision and support from middle- and senior-level clinical staff. Our nursing staff ensures the health of the student population.