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About the Arlington School

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Arlington School At a Glance

  • Private day school
  • Serving 40 students in grades 9-12
  • Individualized learning environment and educational programs
  • Integrated onsite therapeutic support
  • 11 month program including an 18 day summer session
  • Typical class size: 4-6 students
  • Core academic subjects and electives, and a rich arts program
  • Full college preparatory curriculum, aligned with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks / Common Core State Standards, leading to a high school diploma
  • Optional distance learning and community college courses
  • Transition counseling
  • Integrated physical activity, health and wellness
  • Students are referred by their hometown public school systems or privately placed
  • Approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) as a special needs program
  • Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

School History

Arlington School was founded in 1961 as a fully independent educational program for adolescents in residence at McLean Hospital.

In response to changes in state education law, including Massachusetts Public Law 766 (1972) and the Massachusetts Education Reform Act (1993), Arlington School became a day school for a diverse body of emotionally-challenged students from throughout the Boston metropolitan area. Today, Arlington School also serves private students from other states and countries.

Although the school has long taken pride in the uniqueness and authenticity of its mission and methods, it has the full approval of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) as a Private Special Education Day School Program.