Perkins School For The Blind

Perkins School for the Blind serves students with visual impairments, CVI, deafblindness and CHARGE from birth through age 22. We teach the Expanded Core Curriculum to help students access core academics and acquire 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.
Off campus itinerant teachers of students with visual impairments (TVIs) and deafblind specialists provide direct and consultative services throughout New England. Learn more at Perkins.org.

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year
Yes
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Learning Programs Supported
Blind, visually impaired, deafblind, with or without additional disabilities
Year Founded
1829
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Cost Notes
Perkins offers ESY for enrolled students and also has summer outreach courses.

Student Body

Total Students
n/a
Student Body Type
Co-ed

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
40 teachers
Average Class Size
4 students
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Tuition Notes
State-Approved Rates
Admissions Director
Amy Fox Ferreira, Director of Admissions and Enrollment
Admissions Associate
Arielle Cline, Admin.

Sports

Total Sports Offered
5 sports

Extracurriculars

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

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

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Goalball

School Notes

  • Founded in 1829 as the first school for the blind in the U.S., Perkins School for the Blind offers equitable educational and learning opportunities for every student. We offer an environment where students are able to develop strong social skills, forge meaningful connections with peers, take part in school traditions, and participate fully in all areas of the Perkins school community. Our culture is built upon a foundation of positive relationships with students and their families.  Committed to developing each child's maximum level of self-reliance and independence, our experts individualize programs for students of all abilities and provide customized instruction in academics, independent living, assistive technology, vocational training, and more.  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.  We integrate the expanded core curriculum across all teaching and learning opportunities and emphasize instruction in self-determination and self-advocacy. Our programs place a premium on transitioning students for success after leaving Perkins, facilitating a path toward meaningful engagement in their communities, employment or college. 
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