Summit Academy provides a therapeutic school alternative for students with high functioning autism and related diagnoses.
Our core values are belonging, warmth, collaboration, consistency, and balance.
Students find a peer group at Summit that accepts their differences and challenges them to grow.
Small class sizes, ABA, special education services, counseling, speech, and OT services; martial arts, art, and music therapy.
Summit Academy: together, we're moving mountains. A member of Massachusetts Association of Approved Private Schools (maaps).

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School Overview

Grades Offered
Grades 2-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder and related diagnoses
Year Founded
Summer School Offered

Student Body

Total Students
40 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 28%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
8 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
Classroom Dress Code
(Lands End monogrammed shirt)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Tuition Notes
Summit Academy is a MA approved Ch. 766 therapeutic outplacement. Most students are supported by their sending school districts. Tuition rates are set by the MA Operational Services Division (OSD).
Admissions Director
Paula Donahue


Total Sports Offered
1 sport


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
3 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Partnership with Local Organization: Diamond Is The Sky

Arts and Music Programs:
Music Therapy, Weekly Art Class

School Notes

  • Summit Academy provides a therapeutic school alternative for students with high functioning autism and related diagnoses.  Our students typically also present with a secondary diagnoses such as anxiety, ADHD, mood disorder, Tourette's and/or mild to moderate behavioral concerns.  Students must be able to access academics in a small group (12 students, 2 teachers, 1 aide) setting, and are typically within the low average to above average range congnitively.  Summit Academy accepts both public school referrals and privately funded referrals.

School Reviews

Katherine is `graduating` from 8th grade at Summit to attend full inclusion 9th grade at the regular public regional high school. This is only possible because of the proven Summit program, and the work of the incredible education team here. Our daughter came to Summit toward the end of a traumatic 5th grade year in a public middle school that could not work with her disability. She responded very quickly to the experienced professionals at Summit, who were consistently firm yet kind.In 3 years, she has made tremendous progress on all her IEP goals, while developing a healthy and positive sense of self-worth. Katherine glows with self-confidence and enthusiasm. In fact, she recently scored 1190 on the SAT as an 8th grader, having done all of the planning and preparation independently.I believe Katherine thrived at Summit for three reasons. First, the Summit curriculum seemed tailored to address her specific development needs around behavior, emotional regulation, and executive functioning. The presence of deep behavioral and communication expertise daily on site to support classroom teachers and other staff was also key. Lastly, all staff (including specials teachers) are there specifically to work with children on the spectrum they `opt-in` to working with these types of kids. They want to be there.I often recommend Summit to others whenever I hear of a child with ASD who is not thriving in their current environment. Katherine made wonderful progress here and we will be forever grateful. Thank you Summit Academy!- Jim & Ellen, Summit Parents
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