The Walker School

  • Walker is a multi service agency that serves children and youth from ages 3-22.
  • Our Needham campus has a therapuetic day school for children ages 5-14, we have a ICBAT(hospital diversion) for children 3-13, a residential program, group home, after school and respite services.
  • Walker has a highschool located in Watertown, MA, called Beacon High School which serves youth that are 14-22.
  • Walker Partnerships works in over 60 school districts thoughout the commonwealth to build capacity in the public schools, provide consultation and evaluation as well as provide services to prevent out of district placements.

School Overview

School TypeSpecial Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Other school association(s)
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-8
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedMany LD related issues
Year Founded1962
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students80 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
21%
State avg.: 21%
Students by GradeThe Walker School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers27 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio3:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size10 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesRates are authorized by OSD for both day and residential services
Acceptance Rate
90%
National avg.: 85%

School Notes

  • Walker is a multi service agency that serves children and youth from ages 3-22.
  • Our Needham campus has a therapuetic day school for children ages 5-14, we have a ICBAT(hospital diversion) for children 3-13, a residential program, group home, after school and respite services.  
  • Walker has a highschool located in Watertown, MA, called Beacon High School which serves youth that are 14-22.  
  • Walker Partnerships works in over 60 school districts thoughout the commonwealth to build capacity in the public schools, provide consultation and evaluation as well as provide services to prevent out of district placements.
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School Reviews

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I went to Walker in Needham Ma., & graduated in the 1984/85 school year. I was not someone who liked school at all. Even at that young age I had a jaded view from previous schools, be it the disinterested teachers, down to social aspects with students. Walker was the only school I had, (& have ever), attended where I actually enjoyed my time in school, & finally even took advantage of learning. The fact that when I'd started I had suffered from social anxiety, depression, & yes, suicidal thoughts, (something which I'd kept hidden), yet after a very short time I realized that I was somewhere I liked, enjoyed, felt comfortable, & was happy, My time at Walker was short, only one year, but it was the best school year ever. I had even kept in touch with a few of my friends that I'd made there for a number of years after. Looking back, I wish that I'd been able to keep in contact with a few others whom I'd befriended, students & staff alike. I was sort of wondering if there was a way to find some of those people, or if there's some sort of Alumni program set up for this sort of thing. All in all, 23 years after, Walker is the only school I'd bother to give a review, & with the highest praise possible. I doubt I'd still be here today if it weren't for Walker, so I say Thank you, for existing & continuing on, helping all those whom you've helped, & will help for a long time to come.
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