Perkins School For The Blind

  • Perkins School for the Blind is a world-renowned school serving students with no or low vision, including deafblindness, CVI and CHARGE, from birth through age 22.
  • Founded in 1829 as the first school for the blind in the U.S., Perkins is a progressive, multi-faceted organization committed to preparing children and young adults with the education, confidence and skills they need to realize their full potential.
  • We are experts in the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC), a disability-specific curriculum designed for children with visual impairment that helps them access core academics and address the social and independent living skills their sighted peers learn incidentally.
  • Perkins offers a continuum of education and services where and when you need us, including teacher training online and at our campus, courses for professional development and graduate credit, independent comprehensive evaluations, assistive technology solutions, and teachers and professionals for the visually impaired who can supplement your school's resources.

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School Overview

School TypeSpecial Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedBlind, visually impaired, deafblind, with or without additional disabilities
Year Founded1829
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Studentsn/a
Student Body TypeCo-ed

Academics and Faculty

Average Class Size4 students

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesState-Approved Rates
Admissions DirectorAmy Fox Ferreira, Director of Admissions and Enrollment

Sports

Total Sports Offered4 sports
SportsCheering, Swimming, Track and Field, WrestlingCheeringSwimming,
Track and FieldWrestling,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.6 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Grousbeck Center for Students and Technology

Arts and Music Programs:
Chorus, Handbells, Internet Radio Station, Recording Studio

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Goalball

School Notes

  • Committed to developing each child's maximum level of self-reliance and independence, Perkins' staff designs an individualized educational plan for each student.

  • Students from birth to 22 years experience a wide range of skill-building activities, including everything from physical and language therapy to prevocational training and independent living skills. Enrollment options for age-appropriate, academic programs range from ungraded classes to an accredited, traditional high school program. 

  • Perkins' academic program is complemented by participation in group activities such as chorus, plays and horticultural projects in the school's greenhouse and gardens.

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