Student Profile

Gifford students have complicated learning challenges and require a small classroom setting and individualized therapeutic and academic support services to achieve their learning potential. Our students have not had success in more typical learning environments; students come to Gifford with emotional issues that complicate their ability to learn optimally.

Our students experience high levels of anxiety related to the academic and social demands of the school day. Some students have difficulty with controlling their emotions, and they may experience sadness, or need support communicating their needs effectively. Many of our students need support and guidance related to making and maintaining positive social relationships. These many challenges have left students with lowered self-esteem and the need for a supportive learning environment that focuses on identifying each student's strengths, developing coping strategies and building a strong sense of community.

We serve students grades four through high school who have social, emotional, behavioral and complex learning challenges that may include one or more of the following:

• Anxiety disorders
• Autism Spectrum Disorders
• Attention Deficit Disorders
• Executive functioning difficulties
• Non-verbal learning disabilities
• Mood and self-regulation challenges
• Trauma related disorder

Many Gifford students have complex cognitive profiles which result in challenges with executive function, academic production, and social skills.  The admission's process will further explore whether the supports we offer are a good fit with your student's profile.

Gifford students achieve their goals in various ways:
• Return to their public school
• Graduate with a diploma and pursue postsecondary education
• Graduate with a diploma and pursue professional opportunities

For more information, please contact Kristi Penman, Admissions Director or by phone at 781-899-9500.