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Walden School

Residential therapeutic school for deaf and hard of hearing children ages 8-22

Walden School is a nationally-recognized educational and therapeutic school that provides comprehensive treatment and education for deaf children and adolescents between the ages of 8 to 22. Students who come to Walden School have significant treatment needs that have not been successfully addressed in other academic and residential settings. 

We provide linguistically accessible and culturally competent education, therapeutic services, and care.  All direct staff are proficient in American Sign Language, and over 75% of Walden School staff are Deaf.

Students attend classes during the day in small classes with curriculum modified to each individual need. Students participate in highly individualized, trauma-informed therapy, in a structured, supportive, home-like setting.

Walden School is a program of The Learning Center for the Deaf, and is approved and licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

Walden School is also accredited by:

  • The Council on Accreditation (COA)
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
  • The Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools for the Deaf (CEASD)

Each child comes to Walden School with his/her own unique set of strengths, needs, life experiences and view of the world. Approaches to guide children and youth through a process of change must therefore be individualized and must always have respect and compassion as their foundation. 


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