Perkins School For The Blind
- Perkins School for the Blind is a world renowned school serving students with no or low vision, including deafblindness, 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), an additional, disability-specific curriculum specifically 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, evaluations, assistive technology solutions and teachers and professionals for the visually impaired who can supplement your school`s resources.
|School Type||Special Education School|
|School Membership(s)School Assoc.||National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)|
|Grades Offered||Grades Prekindergarten-12|
|Offers Post-Graduate Year||Yes|
|Learning Difference Programs||Yes|
|Learning Programs Supported||Blind, visually impaired, deafblind, with or without additional disabilities|
|Total Students||166 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color|
State avg.: 24%
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||107 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||2:1|
National avg.: 13:1
|Average Class Size||4 students|
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||None / Rolling|
|Tuition Notes||State approved rates|
|Admissions Director||Carol A. Kinlan, M.B.A., M.Ed, Director of Admissions and Enrollment|
|Admissions Associate||Justine Carlone Rines|
|Total Sports Offered||5 sports|
|Sports||Cheering, Crew, Swimming, Track and Field, WrestlingCheering, Crew,|
Swimming, Track and Field,
|Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.||3 extracurriculars|
|ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.||Grousbeck Center for Students and Technology, internet radio station, recording studio|
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. Very few students spend all their school years at Perkins. Most attend Perkins for a few years before or after attending public schools.
Perkins' academic program is complemented by participation in group activities such as chorus, plays and horticultural projects in the school's greenhouse and gardens.