Mclean Hospital
Schools at McLean

Arlington School

Academics at McLean Hospital
Arlington School is an exceptional, nationally recognized college preparatory high school that integrates strong academics with clinical support for students with mental health issues that can interfere with their education.
Science class at the Arlington School
We offer a full college preparatory curriculum, aligned with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks/Common Core State Standards, leading to a high school diploma. The Arlington School is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) as a Special Needs program and accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
Many of our students are inclined towards the arts so in addition to core classes such as mathematics, English language arts, science, and history, we also offer a rich arts program with courses and electives in areas such as photography, fine arts, performing arts, film, and more.
Teen doing homework
Our private day school serves 40 students in grades 9-12, with a typical class size of 4-6 students. We offer a learning environment and educational programs that are tailored to individual needs of each student, including integrated onsite therapeutic support. The Arlington School is an 11-month program, including an 18-day summer session.
Grounds of the Arlington School
Located in a renovated brick Victorian cottage on McLean Hospital’s historic main campus in Belmont, Massachusetts, the Arlington School boasts three levels of classrooms, offices, and student activity space, with room to accommodate approximately 40 students and 20 staff.
Garden at the Arlington School
Originally conceived to boost students’ interest in fresh food, the Arlington School’s garden is a favorite activity among the students. Other clubs and activities include an annual field day, student council, theater trips, and the school’s gender and sexuality acceptance group.
Students outside the Arlington School
Students are referred to the Arlington School by their local school system or can be privately placed by parents. For more information about admission, please contact Suzanne Loughlin, APRN, BC, school director, at 617.855.2124.