The Perkins Lower School is designed for students ages 7 to 14 who have visual impairment or blindness, including those with multiple disabilities.
Our Lower School integrates classroom learning with community experiences to teach and excite children about the world, its possibilities and their place within it. Designed for elementary- and middle school-age students, it immerses students in classroom learning, combined with lessons in daily living skills and communication and travel, with a goal of greater awareness and independence.
Our students and their families choose Perkins for all the things not typically found in a public school setting — skills taught through the Expanded Core Curriculum. This instruction is integrated into every moment of the day — from daily living tasks like cooking and housekeeping to mobility skills, personal care, managing money and social skills.
Supervisory staff trained in child care and child development are on-site and always available to assist while students have more opportunity to practice tasks such as:
The Lower School aims to educate the whole child, from traditional academics that will prepare each child intellectually to the self-help and social skills that allow our students to increase their independence.
Our educators work as part of a passionate, interdisciplinary team of related services staff to provide a multitude of services, including:
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