ACCEPT 6-8 Academic and Language-Based

At ACCEPT, we work with parents and districts to design individualized, evidence- based programs for each student addressing academics, behavioral and therapeutic needs, life skills, and specialized services based on the IEP. Our programs address autism spectrum disorders, emotional/behavioral needs, global impairments and medically involved disabilities, cognitive/intellectual disabilities, language disorders, ADHD/ADD, and nonverbal learning disability. Our goal is to build strengths and self-confidence, and to maximize potential.

We provide a continuum of programs and services PreK-12 and to age 22 for our students. All programs have favorable teacher to student ratios, individual and group instruction, focus on activity-based learning, have access to art, music, physical activities, health and wellness, technology, and pre-vocational learning, include positive behavior interventions and supports, and have an extended year option available.

The programs in the Language-Based strand prepare students for a successful middle school experience by addressing moderate language and learning difficulties. Comprehensive academic, behavioral, and clinical service supports center on developing oral, social, and written language skills to enhance communication and comprehension of academic content. Each student's program is individualized and based on the IEP, with curriculum aligned with Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. Individual and small group instruction in inclusion settings with low student-to-teacher ratios targets communication and social skills, academics, executive functioning skills and compensatory strategies to increase student independence.

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Therapeutic Services Available: 
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Assistive Technology Support, Behavioral Consultation, Counseling, Language Therapy, Music Therapy, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Reading, Social Skills, Speech Therapy

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Our service providers have also been instrumental in helping families to access and advocate for services and equipment through facilitating communication with or providing information to various community support agencies or insurance carriers.

Extended Evaluation Option

For some students, an alternative school setting fortified by additional clinical supports can offer effective short-term stabilization. The highly supportive, closely monitored environment can address accelerated student needs that may arise from a variety of circumstances, including:

  • Sudden/traumatic change in family unit
  • School refusal and significant school anxiety
  • Pre- or post-hospitalization
  • Mental health issues

Students continue their academics and receive services identified in their IEP, while staff conduct an in-depth evaluation including:

  • Review of records, observation, data collection and comprehensive assessments
  • Collaboration with district staff to clarify presenting issues and identify referral questions.

A student transitions out of the stabilization program with an individualized academic and behavioral plan including measures and ongoing assessment protocols to periodically assess progress and revise the plan so that the student reaches their full potential.


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Primary Population/Disability: 
Communication, Neurological, Specific Learning
Other Population Served: 
Autism, Emotional, Health, Intellectual
Type of Program: 
Collaborative Substantially Separate Classroom in Public School Building
Ages Served: 
10, 11, 12, 13
Grades Served: 
5, 6, 7, 8
Contact Person(s): 
Marcia Berkowitz
Executive Director
Medway Middle School
45 Holliston St
02053 Medway , MA
United States
Massachusetts US