New Directions School

New Directions School is a therapeutic educational program, providing clinical, behavioral and academic services to students between the ages of 8 and 21. Approved as a Department of Elementary and Secondary Private Special Education Day School, we offer a 12 month, 218 day program following the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. Our unique, small classroom setting enables our educators to help develop and support the Individualized Education Program (IEP) needs that are specific to each student. The school's primary therapeutic models include: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Trauma and Attachment Informed Care, as well as sensory-based approaches.

“My child was struggling to attend school until he transitioned to New Directions. Now he is excited to go to school and has been able to excel with the supports they provide.”

Helping Children & Adolescents Reach their Highest Social, Emotional and Educational Potential.

NDS's unique combination of therapeutic models support students by teaching a skills-based approach to emotion regulation, prevention and behavioral de-escalation. Relationships with staff combined with the educational and programmatic structure, provide the support and skills needed to transition back to a more typical education setting.

Parents and Guardians are encouraged to contact their child’s local school district if they are interested in submitting a referral for enrollment.

Young girl in class

What Can You Expect?

  • Education program adheres to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks
  • Individualized instruction designed to meet the needs of diverse learners
  • Supports creativity and responsibility through educational and therapeutic approaches such as DBT
  • Employs dedicated, experienced, and caring teachers and support staff
  • Provides on-going counseling for students and support for families
  • Offers extracurricular activities and vocational electives such as trauma-informed yoga, dance, music and horticulture
  • Organic garden, Contemporary Gym and OT Space