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Special Education Day and Residential

Devereux offers a challenging academic program while simultaneously focusing on therapeutic issues. Our goal is to develop the students’ true potential and design strategies for them to successfully return to their local schools.

Devereux is a private, special needs day and residential school for students aged 6-21 years and is fully approved by the Massachusetts Department of Education. Students with behavioral, emotional and learning disabilities are offered individualized assessment and planning in a supportive environment in order to identify their needs and strengths.

With a strengths-based approach, the Devereux School provides students the opportunity to overcome barriers to learning, discover their potential and realize their goals. A small classroom instruction ratio and positive behavioral support create a nurturing environment in which students can concentrate on academic and social skills. The curriculum adheres to local and state curriculum frameworks and meets the diverse learning styles and academic needs of the students.


Grade levels: 1 through 12 & pre-vocational training
Staff/pupil ratio: 1 staff for every 3 students
Months open: 12 Days Open: 220

Programming Options

  • 9 or 12 month programming
  • Extended day programs
  • Therapeutic recreation program
  • 60-90 day academic, behavioral and diagnostic assessment

Population Served

Males and females, ages 6-21

The school serves students with emotional and behavioral disturbances, as well as learning disabilities, that significantly interfere with their academic and social functioning.

Students present with issues including:

  • Disruptive behaviors
  • Mood/anxiety disorders
  • Complex trauma
  • Psychotic symptoms
  • High functioning pervasive developmental disorders (PDD)
  • Abuse-reactive behaviors
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders


Our classroom structure is designed to match students’ needs. Through an interdisciplinary approach, an individual plan is designed for each student. Our school is prepared to meet the academic requirements of local educational agencies, as well other states where our clients are from. Our curriculum is aligned with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and coordinated through a collaborative working relationship with referring school districts. Flexibility in academic programming and creativity to meet students’ needs is the strength of our organization.

Teachers and staff utilize creative, innovative approaches for engaging students, especially those who have suffered difficulties and failure in previous academic experiences.

  • An intake assessment classroom evaluates the student’s academic and behavioral needs before matching the child with the most appropriate setting and peers.
  • Small classroom instruction ratios further individualize education and treatment.
  • Self-contained classrooms for students who struggle with transitioning between classes.
  • Adjustments made in the general classroom curriculum allow each student to actively participate at their own functioning level and meet their individual goals.
  • With a strengths-based approach, our dedicated, experienced staff members concentrate on each student’s academic, emotional and social needs.
  • Clinicians/case managers assist with the design and implementation of supports necessary for the students to succeed.
  • Individual, group and family therapy are provided.

Additional Programs

  • Adventure-based counseling
  • Student mentoring
  • Vocational training
  • Summer activities
  • Animal care therapy

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is required to review special education programs in approved private special education schools that serve publicly funded students. The DESE Program Review for 2009 and the corresponding Corrective Action Plan is available to the public by request. Please contact Sandy Fleek.

Executive Assistant
(508)886-4746 ext. 314