Southeastern Mass. Educational Collaborative (SMEC)

The Southeastern Massachusetts Educational Collaborative is a public education collaborative established in 1975, SMEC is an extension of nine public school systems. The present membership includes the Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Marion, Mattapoisett, New Bedford, Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School, Rochester and Old Rochester Regional public school districts. SMEC accepts students for enrollment in its programs from school systems throughout Southeastern Massachusetts. The Collaborative’s programs and services are locally based and locally directed and are designed to supplement the special education resources of its member districts. SMEC offers a variety of services for students with special needs aged 3-21 as well as adults with developmental disabilities. The Collaborative also offers professional development opportunities for educational staff.

Programs Available

SMEC Multidisciplinary Learning Center (MLC)

An elementary program serving students in grades 1-5 with significant physical or intellectual disabilities and/or medical fragility. An experienced special education teacher, CNA paraprofessionals and an RN create a safe, supportive learning environment for students with multi-disabilities.

SMEC Primary Language Program (PLP)

Elementary program serving students in grades K - 6 with ASD and other communication and developmental disabilities. An experienced special education teacher and trained paraprofessionals maintain a 3:1 student/staff ratio. Therapeutic services are provided by licensed SLPs, OTs, BCBAs and PTs.

SMEC Therapeutic Learning Center (TLC)

An elementary day school program serving students in grades 1-6 with significant social/emotional disabilities and/or behavioral disorders.

SMEC Transitional Services

SMEC Transitional Services provides instruction to students aged 18-21 in a variety of life skills including employment, ADLs, community safety, independent living, recreation and social skills.