The Guild For Human Services

411 Waverley Oaks Rd Ste 104,
Waltham, MA, 02452-0215
Tel: (781)893-6000
Grades: 4 - 12 | 70 students
The Guild for Human Services is a community-based, day and residential school specializing in vocational and life preparation for students with a diverse array of developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders, including nonverbal students and students with mental health diagnoses.  Hallmarks of The Guild experience include individualized instruction, neighborhood-based residences and paying jobs for students - where they learn the satisfaction of being contributing members of society.  

School Overview

School Type Special Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Private Special Education Centers
Grades Offered Grades 4 - 12
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Complex special needs

Student Body

Total Students 70 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 36%
State avg.: 21%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 34 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 3:1
National avg.: 13:1
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Admissions Director Katherine Canada
Admissions Associate Eileen Schwalm

School Notes:

  • The Guild has its origins in The Protestant Guild for the Blind, which began in the 1940s as a collaboration of independent churches providing religious instruction to blind youth in the Boston area. During the 1950s, The Guild opened offices in Boston and relied on the support of volunteers from local communities.In 1970, The Guild sponsored a learning center for multiply handicapped blind adolescents. A year later, it opened a facility in Watertown to house its offices, headquarters, and an expanded learning center, including both residential and day students. It was called The Learning Center for the Multiply Handicapped, but as the population it served shifted to a majority of individuals with moderate mental retardation and other complicating conditions, its name was later changed to The Learning Center.  

  • Profile last updated: 09/18/2012

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Cns/pathways Academy (0.7 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is The Kendall School (0.6 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Belmont Day School (1.2 miles away)
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