Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Established in 1973, EDCO was the first high school program for the deaf and hard of hearing in the state. Located within Newton Public Schools, students attend the F.A. Day Middle School (grades 6-8) and Newton North High School (grades 9-12+). Currently, EDCO students come from districts in a wide geographical range.

Program staff offers specially designed instruction using a variety of communication modalities, including American Sign Language (ASL), audition and spoken English. The program provides services designed to meet individual learning needs with a specific regard for language, communication modality and choice of amplification (i.e. hearing aids, cochlear implants). With an interdisciplinary staff consisting of teachers of the deaf, interpreters, a counselor and a speech and language pathologist, the program maintains a commitment to providing meaningful learning opportunities that foster academic and social excellence.

In collaboration with Newton Public Schools, EDCO students participate in both general education and self- contained settings. Students enrolled in general education courses receive instruction from a general education teacher with supplemental aids and services as determined by their Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Self-contained classes, geared toward individualized small group instruction, are taught by certified TEAchers of the Deaf. All students have access to the full-range of academic and extra-curricular offerings the middle and high school in addition to EDCO sponsored activities to promote academic excellence, community involvedment and leadership skills, particularly within the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community

School Year - Number of Days: 
School Year - Hours Per Day: 
32.5-35 hours per week
Summer - Number of Days: 
Summer - Hours Per Day: 
Therapeutic Services Available: 
Counseling, Hearing Services, Language Therapy, Speech Therapy

Parent Support Program: Parent Advisory Group

Additional Program Information:

  • Full range of academic offerings at both schools, including comprehensive Career and Vocational Technical Education at Newton North High School
  • Redcat amplification in all classrooms
  • Extracurricular opportunities geared toward student interests; athletics and clubs
  • Community service and recreational events supporting identity formation and social-emotional development
  • Junior National Association of the Deaf to promote community involvement and leadership skills
  • Participation in the Gallaudet University Academic Bowl competition at the regional and national level
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Primary Population/Disability: 
Sensory: Hearing
Type of Program: 
Collaborative Substantially Separate Classroom in Public School Building, Other
Ages Served: 
11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22+
Grades Served: 
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Contact Person(s): 
Dr. Courtney Dunne
Program Director
617 244-3407
F.A. Day Middle School
21 Minot Place
02460 Newtonville , MA
United States
Massachusetts US
Newton North High School
457 Walnut St
02460 Newton , MA
United States
Massachusetts US