Our Mission

Ivy Street School is committed to supporting teens and young adults, so they gain the skills necessary to successfully transition to adult life. Our comprehensive therapeutic environment helps students develop skills, focus on strengths, and are supported as they follow a unique and individual path to a full and satisfying life. We approach this work with a commitment to create and sustain a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible environment for all staff and participants.

The Ivy Street School, licensed by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Department of Early Education and care is a therapeutic day and residential school for children and adolescents with neurocognitive and neurodevelopmental disorders as well as and behavioral health challenges. The Ivy Street School provides educational, clinical, behavioral, rehabilitative, and vocational services for adolescents whose learning and behavioral needs have exceeded the resources in the mainstream educational setting. Our program philosophy is to capitalize on students’ strengths and interests in order to maximize their skill development and capacity for independent living and full meaningful participation in their communities. The Ivy Street School helps our students transition to adulthood by developing the range of skills they need to have full lives as adults, including satisfying relationships with others and meaningful engagement in the community. Through teaching, coaching, and counseling students can develop skills necessary for a full and satisfying life by focusing on such areas as:

  • Academic Skills
  • Vocational Skills
  • Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
  • Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL)
  • Cognitive Skills
  • Self-Management and Coping Skills
  • Community Independence Skills
  • Communication and Social Skills
  • Leisure and Recreational Skills
  • Self-Determination and Self-Advocacy Skills