The Schwartz School

To learn more about The Schwartz School please contact us at (508)996-3391.

A private school for students with special needs ages 3-22 located on the Meeting Street Campus in Dartmouth, MA

Providing an innovative special education curriculum

The Schwartz School, approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as a special education school, operates a year-round program serving students ages 3 to 22 years old with multiple disabilities and complex medical needs. Combining a nurturing environment and highly trained educators, The Schwartz School offers families a school that helps students achieve their possibilities.

We have a long-standing reputation in the community as a provider of exceptional educational and therapeutic services for children with special needs. Our compassionate and professional staff includes certified teachers, licensed therapists in the areas of speech/language pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and sensory integration/sensory processing, nurses and related paraprofessionals. Services include:

  • Academic rich environment
  • Classroom and one-on-one therapy
  • School nursing services
  • Living skills for transition to adulthood
  • Aquatic therapy in our pool
  • Field trips

Our staff works closely with local school districts and families to ensure a plan that is uniquely tailored to each child. The goal is to work together to maximize a child’s independence and help them achieve their greatest potential possible.

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"I cannot tell you enough how wonderful the staff is and how supportive everyone was with caring for my daughter and helping us through some very tough and trying times."

— Parent

Meet Our New Assistant Director of Special Education

Katelyn Champine

Meet Katelyn Champine – Our new Assistant Director of Special Education

Katelyn Champine began her career in education as an English teacher with the Fall River Public Schools. She went on to become the head of the English and Social Studies department before becoming an Assistant Principal in Franklin, MA. During her time within Franklin Public Schools, Katelyn focused her work in the area of Special Education, earning her Doctorate from Northeastern University. Katelyn spent a short time inWestern, MA before moving with her family back to Southeastern, MA. In addition to her Doctorate, Katelyn holds a Bachelor’s degree in English, and a Master of Arts degree in Teaching English. Katelyn is passionate about working with students of all abilities. She believes education is a right and that all students deserve the best. Katelyn is excited to join Meeting Street and to contribute her expertise to the continued growth and development of The Schwartz School.

Katelyn can be reached at: 508-742-6483 or via email: kchampine@meetingstreet.org.

Frequently Asked Questions from Parents with Children with Special Needs

What population do you serve?

Meeting Street’s school programs are appropriate for students with a wide range of abilities. Our highly trained professional staff, teach and work with students with various physical, cognitive and developmental delays, as well as students with severe to moderate medical needs. However, our programs are not appropriate for students with significant behavioral needs.

For students who attend The Early Learning Center and The Grace School, located on our Rhode Island Campus, they are in fully inclusive classroom, Preschool-Grade 8. All day, every day, students learn, work and play alongside and with their same age peers that do not have disabilities.

 

How many services do children receive and how are they delivered?

Special education services are provided per a student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) which is developed in partnership with the student’s parents/guardian, a representative from the student’s home school district and his/her educational team at Meeting Street. Each IEP is personalized to include goals, objectives and services to meet each student’s unique needs so that he/she will grow and learn. A wide variety of services are included but not limited to educational, therapeautic (Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Physical Therapy), transition, career work readiness, behavioral, and Adaptive Physical Education.

What is the average class size and staffing ratio?

Meeting Street offers a highly individualized program with small class size that allows our teachers, assistants, and therapists the opportunity to work closely with each student. Per a child’s IEP, additional supports such as individual nursing care and 1:1 teacher assistants can also be found in our classrooms.

What does the average day look like?

While each child’s plan is individualized we incorporate the goals and skills they are working on across all contents areas including English Learning Arts, math, science, adaptive physical education, and art and music classes. Additionally, they receive therapy services per their IEP, in addition to life and social skills. All students in our high school programs also work on career and work readiness skills.

At The Schwartz School, the school day runs from 8:45 am - 2:45 pm each day.

At the Early Learning Center, The Grace School and The Carter School, the school day runs from 8:00 am - 2:45 pm each day. In addition, students in the Early Learning Center and The Grace School receive weekly instruction in American Sign Language (ASL).

Will my child have the opportunity to socialize with peers and make friends?

Absolutely! At Meeting Street we believe all children should have the opportunity to socialize with their peers. To assist our students we build social time and play into our daily lessons and activities. We also focus on socialization skills during career work readiness and recreational activities, as well as community outings.

In The Early Learning Center and The Grace School, students are in fully inclusive classroom, Preschool-Grade 8.All day, every day, they learn, work and play alongside and with their same age peers that do not have a disability.

What type of opportunities do we have outside of school for enhanced learning?

Our students attend field trips and community outing, including career to work readiness job sites, which are varied based on the student’s age and educational needs. Outings often focus on skills in one or more areas such as academic need, career and work readiness skills, and recreation/leisure activities.

How do I communicate with school staff about my child’s progress and any questions that may arise as the school year progresses?

At Meeting Street we believe one of the biggest factors in a child’s achievements is the support and involvement of their family. We encourage all parents/guardians to communicate with their child’s teachers and therapists on a regular basis. We utilize a variety of daily communication tools such as a daily log for each student where school staff and families can communicate and share information, apps such as Remind and Brightwheel and a listserv. Parents/Guardians are also encouraged to email their child’s teachers and therapists as well.

Family members are encouraged to participate in our Family Advisory Council, Parent Meetings and conferences. In addition, all of our educational programs offer a variety family events such as a science fair, Harvestfest, field day, movie nights and a prom.

How do you help families advocate for their child’s needs?

Our teachers and staff believe that the best advocates for our students are their parent/guardian. To that end we collaborate with them and their school districts to identify their child’s needs and strengths. Through our work with the parent committees and groups, we are able to help families outreach and support each other as they work with their home school districts and treatment providers to develop the most comprehensive and beneficial plans of care possible.

Do you have Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Services?

At Meeting Street we have a behavior specialist on staff that works closely with our staff and families to develop behavior support plans that are based on Applied Behavioral Analysis concepts. However, our program is not appropriate for students with significant behavioral needs.

My child requires specialized equipment to complete many talks. Do you have any equipment here at school or will I be expected to supply it?

At Meeting Street we have a wide range of adaptive equipment for our students to use and trial. This includes motorized lifts, gait trainers, braces, adaptive bicycles, walkers, and feeding utensils. We will also work with families and their school districts to review and identify additional equipment needs that an individual student may need.

What type of assistive technology do you have?

Under the direction of our Speech and Language Therapists (SLP), our staff utilize augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) to assist our students use and expand their communication skills throughout the day. Types of ACC include but are not limited to picture symbols, Voice Output Communicators, switches, modular hose mounting systems, iPads and tablet devices loaded with various communication based applications.

Do you provide vision and/or orientation and mobility services to students enrolled in a school program?
To address the vision needs of students attending The Schwartz School, we are able to host consultants and specialists sent by school districts to consult and work with our educators and therapists.

At our Providence Campus, we have a vision and O+M specialist that works on site as a consultant each week with our educators and therapists in our Early Learning Center, The Grace School and The Carter School.

My child is not toilet trained. Will this stop them from being enrolled and if not how is this supported in the school?

We can accommodate children at all levels of developmental needs. Under the direction and guidance of our school therapists, individual toileting plans are developed for our students and staff is then trained prior to implementing those plans.

 

Extended School Year (ESY)

Extended School Year (ESY) is operated every summer and it helps students maintain progress throughout the summer months. Implementation of skills to 'real world' contexts is emphasized.  We offer flexible enrollment options for the Extended School Year:

  • Half day
  • Flexible start day

Schedule a Visit

To learn more about The Schwartz School, please schedule a tour of our facility. Please contact our Assistant Director of Special Education - Katelyn Champine at:  508-742-6483 or via email: kchampine@meetingstreet.org.

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