A highly structured and fully graded academic program leads to a public school diploma. The Braintree School Committee has approved our curriculum. Classroom size ranges from 7 to 10 students. Educational services include implementation of the IEP, intensive MCAS & SAT preparation, physical and health education, transitional planning, and close coordination with parents and community-based service providers. Technology is an important focus of learning, helping students build knowledge and skills that support learning and employment. Each student has access to current computers and software within a secure network environment. Electives offered include expressive arts, music, drama, sewing, and newsletter.
The primary therapeutic focus is on supporting students as they work on identified IEP goals. Counselors collaborate with teachers on therapeutic issues that can be identified and addressed in academic classes. Treatment is coordinated with outside providers and school systems.
Individual counseling employs multiple theoretical perspectives and adapts to student needs. Masters' level clinicians provide individual counseling, art-based therapy and case management. Support for and engagement with parents is an important focus of clinical services.
A highly structured school setting is supported by CPI training, a processing room, behavioral system, and by behavioral analysis and reporting software.
Counseling groups: Students aged 14 and under participate in psycho-educational groups where the focus is on self esteem, social skills, affect modulation, effective communication, problem solving, and conflict prevention and resolution. Students 15 and older participate in groups that support the attainment of life and vocational skills. Counselors help students build a skills and achievement portfolio which documents important vocational and life skills milestones. The portfolio also contains a wealth of postgraduation resources.
Counselors also develop transitional plans and provide assistance and resources for pursuing post-secondary education.
A variety of pre-vocational and vocational services support career awareness and
workplace skills development.
Granite Café is a micro business that supports skill building and the development of self-confidence and initiative. It introduces students to life skills, job readiness skills, computer skills, money management skills, and collaborative working relationships.
Our woodworking and carpentry program teaches students basic woodshop and house construction skills for preparation to work in a trade.
The culinary program teaches students the basics of food preparation, cooking, menu planning and kitchen management. Culinary positions are reserved for students who maintain a high level in the behavior management system.
A Skills and Achievement Portfolio and a post-secondary resource room support preparation for post-graduation employment and college.
The annual Careers and Community Speakers Program invites representatives from training schools, colleges, and youth organizations to provide students with information on career, training and community support opportunities and resources.
A broad range of artistic instruction and activities designed to develop student's
creative thinking skills and artistic habits of mind. Program offers classes in
digital animation, digital photography, PhotoShop, video production, graphic
design, music, ceramics, drawing, printmaking, painting, crafts and sculpture.
A full-time RN addresses a range of student health issues including diet,
allergies, in-school medication needs, physical examinations and health screening. The RN also interfaces with community health care providers.
The "Rocks" basketball team is co-ed and focuses on team spirit and sportsmanship; practices are after school.