Our School

Built in 1911, our building was once a private residence. Now it is home to the Ivy Street School and its parent organization, MAB Community Services. The building includes a professional kitchen, a gymnasium, spaces for physical therapy and occupational therapy, and a 16-bed residential floor. Our grounds feature a basketball court, picnic tables, and a vegetable garden; all next to the scenic Amory Park in historic Brookline.


Our campus is located in Brookline’s Cottage Farm District. Our quiet residential neighborhood is just blocks away from Boston’s main city streets, with a number of shops, restaurants, and cafes within walking distance.  Our property abuts three parks and a small nature preserve. With Boston’s wealth of opportunities at their fingertips, students get the best of both worlds: a supportive school community in the heart of the vibrant real world.


All learning at the Ivy Street School takes place in a supportive, homelike environment. Students are supported by licensed special education teachers who craft academic plans tailored to each students’ education level. With an average class size of 7 students, Ivy Street’s student-to-faculty ratio is 2:1. Our curriculum conforms to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.


The Ivy Street School offers a warm, homelike residence for our students. For residential students, learning continues beyond the classroom and new skills are tested and reinforced during interactions with peers and the community around the school. The Ivy Street School residential students each have their own private room. Our creative and enthusiastic residential staff supervise and teach the residential curriculum.


Ivy Street students use the community as a second classroom. Students take advantage of cultural and educational opportunities in the city. They learn about the many different options for public transportation. Students volunteer in the community, bank in the community, grocery shop in the community, and work in the community – all of which give students a wealth of opportunities to practice social skills in  different real-life situations.