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Special Education for Day Students and Residential Students

The Devereux School is a private, special needs day school for students with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences. We offer a challenging academic program, while simultaneously focusing on therapeutic issues. Students are provided with individualized assessment and planning in a supportive environment to identify their strengths and needs. Our goal is to help students achieve their full and unique potential with strategies designed to help them successful return to their local schools.


Grade levels: Grades 1 through 12 and pre-vocational training
Staffing ratio: 10:1:2 (10 students, one special education teacher, two teacher aides per classroom)
Months open: 12
Days Open: 220

Programming Options:

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

Population Served: Males and females, ages 6 to 21

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 disorder

Fully approved and accredited:

The Devereux School is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Education and accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). We also are members of maaps – the Massachusetts Association of Approved 766 Private Schools.

Using the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework, which promotes the reduction of challenging behaviors through the encouragement of positive behaviors, the Devereux School provides students with an opportunity to overcome barriers to learning, discover their potential and realize their goals. The low student to staff ratio creates a nurturing environment in which students can focus on developing academic and social skills.

Through an interdisciplinary approach, an individual plan is designed for each student. Our curriculum is aligned with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, and academic requirements are coordinated through a collaborative working relationship with referring school districts in Massachusetts and other states.

Teachers and staff utilize creative, innovative approaches to engage students and promote learning.

  • An intake assessment classroom evaluates the student’s academic and behavioral needs before matching the individual with the most appropriate setting and peers.
  • Low student to staff ratios further individualize education and treatment.
  • Self-contained classrooms for specified students reduce the need for 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 concentrates on each student.
  • Clinicians/case managers assist with the design and implementation of supports necessary for students to succeed.
  • Individual, group and family therapy are provided.

Additional Programs:

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

CARES School (Center for Autism Resources and Education Services)
270 Airport Road, Fitchburg, MA, (978) 516-0789

Devereux CARES School provides state-of-the-art elementary and secondary day school programming for children ages 5 – 22 diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. CARES School is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.