Secondary Program Curriculum

Two male students exploring a tactile periodic chart.

Traditional academics are a priority, but we also have the resources and ability to provide training and education in areas that are critical to the success of our students who are visually impaired.

In addition to the following areas of study, we offer academic support including Study Skills, Research Seminar and SAT Preparation.


  • English (Grades 9-12)
  • English as a Second Language
  • Braille Literacy
  • Creative Writing
  • Theater Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Algebra I and II
  • Geometry
  • MCAS Prep
  • Science
  • Earth Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Technology and Engineering
  • Social Studies
  • Geography
  • World History
  • United States History
  • Economic/Government
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Assistive Technology/Computers

Independent Living, Social and Recreational Studies:

Creative Arts:

  • Handbells
  • Instruments
  • Orchestra
  • Voice
  • Music Makers
  • Chorus
  • Chamber Singers
  • Piano
  • Music Braille
  • Art
  • Crafts
  • Music Technology

Independent Living:

  • Orientation & Mobility
  • Community Experience
  • Adult Living
  • Home and Personal Management
  • Handwriting
  • Health/Sex Education
  • Social Skills
  • Personal Care Assistant (PCA) Management

Physical Education:

  • Adapted Physical Education
  • Modified Fitness
  • Wheelchair Adapted Physical Education
  • Large Group Games
  • Swimming
  • Access to Community Recreation

Prevocational Studies:

Individual Skill Classes:

  • Sales
  • Office Practice
  • Seatweaving
  • Woodworking
  • Metalworking

Work Activities:

  • Work Skills Training
  • Work Activities
  • On and Off-Campus Work Experience

Food Service:

  • General Skills for Food Service
  • Recipe Preparation
  • "To Go" Sandwich/Salad Preparation


  • Horticulture Therapy
  • Prevocational Horticulture Training
  • Horticulture Work Experience

Support Services:

  • Sensory Group
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Vision Stimulation
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Individual Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • Group Counseling
  • Case Management

Featured Classes and Ongoing Projects

Featured Classes

We believe that our students are just as capable of academic achievement as mainstream students. In addition to academics, we offer courses in the areas that students who are visually impaired typically need extra preparation. We offer key classes that prepare them for their lives as productive and happy members of the community.

  • Adult Living: This course teaches students how to look for housing, how to access medical care, general safety including Red Cross First Aid and an explanation of electrical, heating and plumbing systems. It also shows them how to pay bills, develop a support system and more.
  • Vocational Planning: This course teaches students how to prepare their resumes, create plans for after their graduation, visiting colleges or potential job sites, tackle the job application process and more.

Ongoing Projects

Because of Perkins' history and reputation, many organizations want to partner with our program and our students. Here are just a few of the projects we are involved in to give our students rich educational experiences:

  • Several field trips of Perkins students have gone down to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod to work with Dr. Amy S. Bower, an oceanographer who is blind. 
  • We have partnered with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston to show our students the world of art. Museum staff members have visited the Perkins campus to teach students about art, and students visit the museum on a regular basis. The MFA has also set up exhibits specifically for our students to give them access to fine art.