A Portfolio of Great Schools and Programs

Schools for Children operates three thriving schools, a before- and after-school program in a public school 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, Mass., 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. Comprised of an elementary/middle school and a high school, Dearborn has worked with more than 40 Massachusetts school districts to support students with special learning needs. The school has been 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, Mass., 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

Seaport Academy

A small alternative state-approved school for boys, grades 8–12, Seaport Academy is located on Boston Harbor in Chelsea. Seaport specializes in working with teens with nonverbal and social learning challenges. 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 excluded or suspended 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 and whatever else the student needs to get back and stay on track. STEP has served students from 15 different communities. Read our case study about STEP. website

WINN BROOK Extended Learning

Located at the Winn Brook Elementary School in Belmont, Mass., 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