In Our Schools
Since our founding in 1970, TLC has been a pioneer in deaf education. The main campus of The Learning Center is located on 14 acres in a residential neighborhood in Framingham, Massachusetts. We offer a language-rich, bilingual-bicultural environment where both American Sign Language and English are used in instruction.
Marie Philip School, enrolling children in preschool through grade 12 and up to 22 years of age, is a day and residential school that provides highly individualized education and a broad range of support services for over 200 deaf and hard of hearing students.
Walden School is a nationally-recognized educational and therapeutic school that provides comprehensive treatment and education for deaf children and adolescents between the ages of 8 to 22. Students who come to Walden School have significant treatment needs that have not been successfully addressed in other academic and residential settings. We provide linguistically accessible and culturally competent education, therapeutic services, and care.
Our Core Values
- Early language acquisition is the foundation of a quality education.
- Children have the right to an educational program that is academically challenging and that places a high value on the integration of academic, social and emotional development.
- A program serving children and families must value diversity, and that value must be reflected in hiring, curriculum, and service delivery.
- The environment in which children learn should be comfortable, warm and welcoming.
- Schools should adapt to meet the needs of individual children.
- Families know their children best; to serve children well, schools must have an ongoing partnership with families.
- An effective school functions as a community of learners – children, families, teachers and all school personnel; all perspectives matter.
TLC is accredited by The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), The Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD) and the Council on Accreditation (COA). TLC is the only organization in the nation to be accredited by these three organizations.