Perkins School For The Blind

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  • 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 Overview

School TypeSpecial Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedBlind, visually impaired, deafblind, with or without additional disabilities
Year Founded1829

Student Body

Total Students166 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
17%
State avg.: 24%
Students by GradePerkins School For The Blind Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers107 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio2:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size4 students

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesState approved rates
Admissions DirectorCarol A. Kinlan, M.B.A., M.Ed, Director of Admissions and Enrollment
Admissions AssociateJustine Carlone Rines

Sports

Total Sports Offered5 sports
SportsCheering, Crew, Swimming, Track and Field, WrestlingCheeringCrew,
SwimmingTrack and Field,
Wrestling

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.3 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Grousbeck Center for Students and Technology, internet radio station, recording studio

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. 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.




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