Alternative School

AVC Alternative School (AVCAS) offers academic rigor and clinical services to students in grades six through twelve who have not made progress in a traditional school setting. With a strong emphasis on academics, clinical services, expressive arts, transition services and high-interest electives, our school supports students in overcoming challenges related to their mental and behavioral health in order to achieve individualized goals.

  • Small, highly specialized instructional and clinical groups using principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
  • Integration of academics, music and art, fitness/wellness & transition skills
  • Social/Emotional skill development addressed through PBIS, DBT and Restorative Practices
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Therapeutic Services Available: 
Art Therapy, Counseling, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Psychiatric Consult, Speech Therapy, Wraparound Therapy

Parent Support Program: AVCAS students & their families have access to Wraparound services if needed.

Additional Program Information: High interest electives include dirt bike riding, horseback riding, advanced art studio, music. Our school is fortunate to have a full court gymnasium and outdoor recreational area that includes track, fields, basketball court, & skate park.

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Primary Population/Disability: 
Other Population Served: 
Autism, Communication, Specific Learning, Substance Abuse
Type of Program: 
Public Day
Ages Served: 
11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Grades Served: 
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Contact Person(s): 
Shannon VanderSwaagh
Director of Therapeutic Programs
508-481-3611ext. 7016
Assabet Valley Collaborative
57 Orchard Street
01752 Marlborough , MA
United States
Massachusetts US