In the Community

Award-winning Mural for The Arlington bus depot
DearboRn Students Designed and Created an Award-winning Mural for The arlington bus depot. Read More here.  photo by connie ridge.

Schools for Children is a member of both the Winchester Chamber of Commerce and the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE) and the Massachusetts Association of Approved Private Schools (maaps), among of organizations.


We're proud of the results our programs produce for our students and our communities.

  • We're helping solve the state's drop-out problem. In the past 70 years, we have graduated more than 600 students who were at risk for dropping out of school.
    The typical high school graduate will earn 50% to 100% more in lifetime income and will be less likely to draw on public money for health care and welfare and less likely to be involved in the criminal justice system. 
  • We're creating futures. More than 20 percent of our graduating special needs students have gone on to two- or four-year colleges. And every student graduating from our Lesley Ellis School who has applied to an independent school has gained admission to at least one of their top choices.
  • We've been successful in helping school districts meet special education goals. Every year more than 25 percent of  Dearborn Academy's students are able to return to their public schools.
  • We offer new models for high-quality early childhood and elementary education. Lesley Ellis School offers a clear alternative for families seeking a different kind of education for their children—one that respects and educates students as individuals. Accredited by the Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE), Lesley Ellis School also received the Leading Edge Award for its antibias curriculum from the National Association of Independent Schools.

Creating A Culture of Participation

Schools for Children encourages its programs to be strong local citizens in their own communities. We challenge our schools to make creative and meaningful connections to their neighborhoods and incorporate terms of citizenship and participation in their programs. All our programs integrate community service into their curriculum.