Massachusetts boarding schools participate in the long, varied history of education here, home of the first college on US soil (Harvard), the first to mandate public education and the first with schools for students with disabilities. Leading in those categories continues through today where the state is recognized around the world for its high academic output, and boarding schools in Massachusetts also lead the way and are sought out by students seeking a leg up in the world.
Massachusetts boarding schools for learning disabilities serve students with a variety of learning disorders that include cognitive disabilites as well as attention deficits and ADHD. Special needs support for these students takes the form of smaller class sizes, closer interaction with teachers and round the clock supervision offered by boarding school staff. These schools follow in the state's history of firsts that includes the first US schools for learnign disabled children and the first US school for the blind.
Today, the oldest junior boarding school is in the state of Massachusetts. Massachusetts was the first state to institute compulsory school attendance. It was also the first state to have a board of education and a teacher training school. In the nineteenth century, Horace Mann (an MA senator) led the drive for educational reform throughout the United States.
"My classes are smaller than the classes I have in my old school in Maryland. I like the smaller classes because I get distracted more in bigger classes."
—Angelique, MA boarding school student.
Today, Massachusetts boarding schools and higher education institutions are sought by families and students around the world who want the very best education. Attending a boarding school here is not just a great step into a future full of opportunity, it is taking part in a unique history of excellence and innovation.