The Secondary School offers students of all abilities an academic journey that challenges and excites them, as well as social opportunities, independent living and vocational readiness skills to promote a successful transition to adulthood.
Designed for high school students ages 14 through 22, our Secondary school offers individual and group instruction with the goals of developing organizational, reasoning, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. From a high school-level geometry course to household management and job-seeking strategies, we provide the skills and know-how for every one of our young adults to develop to their full potential.
Many Secondary students live on campus, which enhances the development of self-determination and self-esteem in addition to friendships and social skills. Different levels of responsibility are offered as students progress through the various residences.
Daily living skills are emphasized in all programs, and students are encouraged to develop as much independence as possible through:
Menu and food preparation
Orientation and mobility
The use of community resources and other skills necessary for adult living
What to expect
Academics and life skills both have an important place in the Secondary School curriculum. Instruction, which incorporates the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, is designed to teach academics such as reading, writing, math and science, as well as compensatory skills such as assistive technology and braille. We focus on skills such as communication, self-advocacy and problem solving to increase each student’s participation in the community as an involved, civic-minded individual.
Our offerings also include physical education, music and art. Students may also participate in after-school study halls, team sports and other extracurricular activities. Students who plan to attend college frequently enroll in a course at a local community college to experience learning in larger groups and additional challenges.
Voice and instrumental instruction including chorus, chamber singers, Music Makers, Piano, orchestra, hand bells, and more
Braille music studies
Multisensory art studies
Crafts and creative
Orientation and mobility
Home and personal management
Personal care assistant (PCA) management
Adapted physical education (APE)
Wheelchair adapted physical education
Large group games
Access to community recreation
Individual skill classes
Prevocational horticulture training
Sales and office practice
Work skills training
On and off-campus work experience
General food service skills
“To go” sandwich/salad preparation
In addition to academics, we offer a few key classes that prepare our students for the post-high school transition.
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.
Because of Perkins’ history and reputation, many organizations want to partner with us. Here are just a couple of the projects we are involved in to give our students rich educational experiences:
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
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.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
We’ve 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.
Specially trained staff
Our educators work as part of a passionate, interdisciplinary team of related services staff to provide a multitude of services, including: