Summer Programming

Looking for a summer learning opportunity for your child who is blind, visually impaired or deafblind?

At Perkins School for the Blind, school is always in session. We offer a variety of summer programs designed to equip students of all ages and abilities with the academic and life skills they need to reach their full potential.

What sets us apart

Excellence in education is a Perkins tradition. Since 1829, we’ve been at the center of innovation and expertise around blindness education, developing and refining best practices in our campus classrooms and sharing them with the world. Our specialists and teachers are experts in their fields and have experience educating students with a wide range of challenges and abilities related to visual impairment.

A vibrant learning environment just minutes from Boston. Our accessible 38-acre campus in Watertown, Massachusetts, provides a nurturing learning environment where students can practice mobility skills and take advantage of outdoor features like our water parks and playgrounds. Just 20 minutes from Boston and Logan International Airport, the Perkins campus is the perfect home base from which to explore the area during warmer months.


Summer is a time for fun and new opportunities – and for students with visual impairments, it’s a time to build on skills acquired during the school year and prevent academic regression. The following programs are open to students from across the U.S. and around the world who are blind, visually impaired or deafblind.

Early Learning Center (ages 3-7) and Lower School Program (ages 7-14)

2018 dates: June 24 - July 26

Five-week session for younger learners includes: 

  • Academic instruction to keep students on track
  • Integrated services including music therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech and language therapy
  • Orientation and mobility lessons and hands-on experiential learning
  • Opportunities to socialize with peers and enjoy outdoor activities at our on-campus playgrounds and water parks

Secondary Program (ages 14-22)

2018 dates: June 24 - July 26

Five-week summer session for high school-age students includes:

  • Instruction in the nine skill areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum, including lessons in home and personal management, assistive technology and career preparedness
  • On and off-campus job training opportunities
  • Math and English Language Arts classes
  • A chance to connect with peers through recreational and social activities

Two students and teachers sit at a table reading a book and exploring tactile objectsDeafblind Program (ages 3-22)

2018 dates: June 24 - July 26

Two, three and four-week sessions for students who are deafblind, including those with CHARGE syndrome, include:

  • Activities designed to promote effective communication using a Total Communication approach
  • Assessments to develop effective instructional strategies for each student’s future success
  • Fun recreation and social activities with peers

Could your student benefit from a summer at Perkins?

Contact us today to learn more! Email us at Admissions@Perkins.org or call 617-972-7573.