Admissions FAQ

If you have any admissions questions please call our Admissions line at (617) 620-7779. We strive to answer every call but if we are unable to do so, leave a message and our Admissions Director, Tunzel Hayes, will return your call promptly. You can also reach us at

How do you make admissions decisions?

We review the referral from the school district and members of our team have extensive meetings with the family, the school, the student, and other service providers that may be involved in the child’s life. We want to make sure we can meet your child’s needs, and provide a safe and supportive environment that is a good fit for your child. We make every effort to make decisions promptly and to review all relevant information.

Is Ivy Street School approved in my state?

Ivy Street is an approved Massachusetts Chapter 766 school. We also work with many other states to comply with their requirements for special education placement. As one of the few brain injury schools in the country, we fill a unique need in the private special education community. We would be happy to talk to you about your student.

How is tuition paid?

In almost all cases, students must be determined to be eligible for an out-of-district placement by their home school district. Once the SPED Director or out-of-district coordinator has made the official referral, the home school or district pays the tuition.

Do you accept private-pay students?

Yes, occasionally. Please call us at (617) 620-7779 or email us. We can advise you on this process and customize a tuition payment plan.

Do you offer transitional programming for post-graduation students?

In some cases a school district may recommend that a student attend the Ivy Street School after he or she has completed his academic requirements. This program focuses on life skills, social skills, and vocational training to prepare students for a successful transition to adult life.

How long is the school year?

We accept students throughout the school year as openings become available.

What if my child/student doesn’t have a diagnosed brain injury?

While it is important to us to try to understand as much as we can about your child’s disability, including trying to diagnose whether a brain injury may have occurred in the past, we serve many students who do not have a diagnosed brain injury or have a different kind of neurological disorder.

Many brain injuries are undiagnosed. Some injuries are subtle or occurred early in a child’s life. Social isolation, being a bully or a victim of bullying, behavior problems, and deteriorating academics may be signs of an undiagnosed brain injury in adolescents. In addition to outright brain injuries, many diseases and conditions may affect neurological capacity. These include ataxias, Asperger’s Syndrome, autism, meningitis, cancer, or eastern equine encephalitis. Please call us to discuss whether Ivy Street might be the right fit for your child.

Who does the Ivy Street School serve?

A student should have completed the seventh grade and be at least 13 years old by the beginning of September of the year they enroll. We serve students with brain injuries, students with behavioral health challenges, students with autism spectrum disorder, and students seeking transition services.