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Walden School Education

Our aim is that students become as confident and independent as they can be. To that end, every student’s educational program is individually designed to build self-esteem and self-reliance through a combination of academics, recreation, leisure skills, a work-readiness program and a Career Technology Education Program. 

The typical classroom has a 2:1 student-to-staff ratio, and classes are typically 4-6 students.

As students progress, they may begin taking classes at The Learning Center for the Deaf’s main campus in elementary, middle school or high school programs. 

Our educational staff members have degrees in special education and/or Deaf education, and they receive ongoing training in emotional and psychiatric disorders, counseling skills and intervention strategies.

A work-readiness program designed to develop task-oriented behaviors and an understanding of the working world is available, as well as a Career Technology Education Program which offers a wide range of vocational classes and hands-on opportunities. When appropriate, this may lead to supervised on-campus or community employment.

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Services for students are determined on an individual basis. A team meeting made up of the parents, student, educators and other support professionals meet to create an Individualized Education Plan for the student's academic goals. We use this IEP to help measure and track academic progress based on the individual. 

Words cannot express our level of gratitude to each of you for all of your dedication and hard work with our son. This was more than just a new school placement for our son. This was the only opportunity left for my son to be able to learn how to use his communication skills effectively to decrease frustration, develop positive coping strategies, and to gain new skills that would be used as an adult to create a quality of life, a future.  As a mother, I feel reassured and looking forward to my son’s future because I know he is ready for his next chapter.

Donna
Mother of Walden School Student

Frequently Asked Questions

How will Walden School meet my child's academic needs?
Our academic program is accredited through New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and CEASD and is designed to meet student’s individual needs.  Our teachers are trained to work with students who are deaf or hard of hearing that may have learning and/or behavioral challenges. 

Academic support initiatives at Walden School include education assessment, individualized Education plans, homework support, therapeutic behavioral modification and hands on learning methods.

Do my child have to be in a residential program if they need a therapeutic environment, but want to live at home?
Your child, if living local, can attend Walden School as a day student.