Overview

Helping your student is our #1 priority.

Since our founding in 1829, we have been preparing children and young adults with the education, confidence and skills they need to reach their full potential. Today, we have the capacity to enroll up to 200 students in our day and residential programs at our 38-acre campus in Watertown, just 20 minutes from Boston.

Our dedicated Admissions team is here to guide districts and families through each step of the process. Have questions about how we can help your student?

We take pride in our work.

Amy Ferreira Director of Admissions and Enrollment

“Our culture is built upon a foundation of positive relationships with students and their families. We integrate the expanded core curriculum across all teaching and learning opportunities and emphasize instruction in self-determination and self-advocacy as well as critical social skills. Our programs place a premium on transitioning students for success after leaving Perkins, facilitating a path toward meaningful engagement in their communities, employment or college. We look forward to working with you and your student.”

Our schools, programs and profiles

Perkins School for the Blind offers equitable educational and learning opportunities for every student. Our experts individualize programs for students of all abilities and provide customized instruction in academics, independent living, assistive technology, vocational training, and more.

We offer an environment where students are able to develop strong social skills, forge meaningful connections with peers, take part in school traditions, and participate fully in all areas of the Perkins school community.

The Admissions team works closely with districts and families to determine the best program for your student at the time of enrollment.

Schools

  • Early Learning Center
  • Lower School
  • Secondary
  • Deafblind

Programs

  • Day or residential
  • Intermediate: Day or residential
  • Intensive: Day or residential

Learning profiles

  • Pre-academic
  • Academic
  • Functional academic
  • Life skills
  • Deafblind

Admissions process

We understand the careful consideration it takes to find the right educational setting for your child. We’re here to make getting started as simple as possible and we’ll guide you from the very beginning.

  • Complete our online application.
  • Send us important documents and other information about your child.
  • Visit us on campus so we can learn more about each other!
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Additional services

In addition to on-campus programs for day and residential students, Perkins offers a variety of services. We invite you to learn more about:

FAQ’s

Frequently asked questions about admissions at Perkins.

Pinpointing your child’s exact needs and abilities is difficult – they’re always changing, after all. At Perkins School for the Blind, we have years of experience educating children who are blind, deafblind or have multiple disabilities. We are happy to discuss and evaluate your child’s individual situation and provide you with an honest assessment and recommendations to help you work with your school district to identify the most beneficial path for your child.

Library services are available free to Massachusetts residents who meet one or more of the following eligibility guidelines:

  • Are legally blind with vision of 20/200 or worse, or have a visual field no greater than 20 degrees
  • Have corrected vision, but cannot see well enough to read with comfort for extended periods of time
  • Have a physical condition that makes holding a book difficult
  • Have been certified by a medical doctor or doctor of osteopathy as having a reading disability that has a physical basis that prevents one from reading standard print

Institutions including schools, libraries, nursing homes, hospitals and organizations that provide services to people with visual or physical disabilities are also eligible to receive Perkins Library services.

Yes. However, your child will be very busy during the day. The best time to call is in the evening prior to bedtime. Your child will have access to a phone to call home if needed. Outreach is not responsible for lost cell phones or expenses incurred.

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Let’s connect

We’re here to answer your questions. Contact us to arrange a time to talk with an Admissions team member.

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Explore resources

Each year Perkins host events and conferences to help support our parent and community. We also have compiled a list of resources to share with you.