A Portfolio of Great Schools and Programs

In addition to consulting to other schools and systems, Schools for Children, Inc. operates three thriving schools, a before- and after-school program in a public school, a national professional development initiative and a specialized educational support program. To learn more about any of our programs below, please visit their individual websites.

Dearborn Academy

Located in Newton, MA, Dearborn Academy is one of New England's premiere state-approved day schools for children and adolescents with emotional, social and learning difficulties, especially language-based issues. Dearborn is comprised of two distinct programs—Dearborn Elementary/Middle and Dearborn High School—serving a total of 120 students. Commended by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for the quality and depth of its services. website

Lesley Ellis School

A nationally recognized independent elementary school (Preschool-Grade 8), Lesley Ellis School in Arlington, MA is one of the leading early childhood and elementary schools in the greater Boston area. Currently SFC's largest program, Lesley Ellis serves 150 families from 20 different communities. Founded as a kindergarten, the school's early education roots live on in a vibrant early childhood program that includes a transitional kindergarten. website

The National Institute for Student-Centered Education (NISCE)

Launched in January 2012, NISCE promotes a broad national dialogue on the importance of committing to more ‘student-centered educational’ practices in what is an increasingly ‘standards-based’ world. For NISCE, this approach is all about schools providing resources that allow educators to bring out the very best each child has to offer. Drawing from SFC's more than three decades of experience successfully operating several distinct schools, NISCE provides a variety of opportunities and platforms for education professionals to share ideas about trends in education and for students, parents and teachers to share their observations, thoughts and feelings on how those trends are playing out and can be improved upon at the school and classroom levels. Learn more

Seaport Academy

A small alternative state-approved school for boys, grades 8–12, Seaport Academy is located in the Charlestown Navy Yard. Seaport specializes in working with teens who have  non-verbal and social learning difficulties. Seaport enrolls just 28 students and engages them in traditional academic subjects using techniques that are cooperative, hands-on and project-based. website

The STEP Program

Whenever a student in the greater Boston area is suspended or excluded from their school, STEP (Short-Term Educational Placement) is there to help. STEP can turn a crisis into a healthy break—a chance to evaluate and assess the student's specific needs and address critical behavior and learning issues. STEP provides therapy, individual and family counseling, one-on-one learning support, medical services—whatever the student needs to get back on track and stay on track. STEP has served students from 15 different communities. Read our case study about STEP. website


Located at the Winn Brook Elementary School in Belmont, MA, this EEC-licensed program provides high quality before- and after-school programming for children in the Winn Brook School community. Serving students in Kindergarten through fourth grade, WBCC offers supervised and staff-directed activities that are designed to enhance student learning and promote their overall development. Skilled faculty and staff recognize the various needs of children at different ages and stages of development
and use those variations as the basis for creating energizing curricula. website