Gifford at a Glance

The Gifford School is a therapeutic day school that partners with public school districts to educate students with complex social, emotional and learning challenges.  Gifford is a member of the Massachusetts Association of Approved Special Education Schools (MAAPS). Students from 4th grade through high school are referred to The Gifford School by their public school districts. We serve students from over 50 communities throughout Massachusetts.

We offer: 

  • Small, structured classes that incorporate visual, auditory, and hands-on instruction based on the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks

  • Grade level content delivered with access to one-to-one support and review, remediation, and modifications as needed

  • Google classroom and Chromebook technology to enhance students’ functional capabilities and provide an integrated classroom learning experience

  • Individualized clinical services as well as integration of coping and regulation strategies, social skills, sensory strategies, problem solving skills, and supports for executive functioning

  • Career and Technical Education program (CATE) offering hands-on learning in four vocational areas including computer technology, culinary arts, construction skills, and visual arts

  • Transition planning for high school students including post-secondary planning, vocational programming, community volunteer opportunities, and life skills instruction

  • A summer program to prevent regression in social, emotional, and academic learning

  • A diverse, safe, and accepting community that provides a sense of belonging for all students