Carroll School

25 Baker Bridge Rd, Lincoln, MA 01773

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Located in Lincoln and Waltham, Massachusetts, Carroll School is a dynamic private day school for elementary and middle school students who have been diagnosed with specific learning disabilities in reading and writing, such as dyslexia.

Carroll educates students in grades 1-9. We offer an age-appropriate, customized education that allows our students to grow and achieve- academically, emotionally and socially. Small class sizes, low student-teacher ratios, personalized attention, specialized tutorials, and innovative teaching methods are hallmarks of our extraordinary approach.

In the Beginning Readers Program (grade 1), our youngest students experience early intervention so success in school begins before academic failure can develop. Lower School (grades 1-5) and Middle School (grades 6-9) programs promote success in learning through a direct, systematic, and multisensory approach while teaching grade-level appropriate content. Carroll’s Ninth grade program is designed to challenge students with a mainstream college preparatory curriculum and provide individualized learning support.

Our teachers and tutors are highly trained in the science of reading, certified in the Orton-Gillingham (O-G) approach, and responsive to the new evidence-based remediation methods. Carroll prides itself in collaborating with research centers in the discovery, application and evaluation of innovative reading programs to complement the O-G approach. These approaches are highly successful in teaching students to associate sounds and symbols, and move our students systematically toward phonemic awareness, decoding, reading fluency, and comprehension. Our consistent approach builds lifelong strategies for effective learning in all academic areas.

In addition to language arts and literature, mathematics, science, and history classes, every student receives an additional language arts class that may be an Orton-Gillingham tutorial or small group instruction that addresses Oral Reading and Fluency, Writing and Revision, Organization and Study Skills, or Comprehension and Text Structure. The remediation of language-based learning disabilities is central to all teaching that occurs at Carroll.

Carroll has designed a unique approach to teaching math. We understand that many of the same issues that affect our students’ learning in language classes also have an impact on their learning math. Carroll’s math classes begin with cognitive warm ups that challenge our students’ thinking skills related to quantity, grouping, and sequence. Our math program emphasizes developing cognitive strengths in our students for problem solving, discovery of solutions, fluency with math facts, and developing consistency in math vocabulary and math comprehension. Software programs that develop both computational and conceptual skills are an integral part of this math program.

At Carroll, we believe that outdoor education builds teamwork, collaboration, and creative solutions. Our students participate in our “Bounders” program, a safe, fun and challenging outdoor experiential program. Our students also participate in a variety of “Multis” programs including Performing Arts, Gym, Woodworking, Movement/Yoga, Fab Lab, and Visual Arts. Beginning in the Middle School, Carroll teams compete against other independent schools in cross country, soccer, field hockey, basketball, ice hockey, lacrosse, and track and field.

  • Learning Disability Focus

General Information

Academic OrientationPre-Preparatory, Learning Differences, Special Education
Grade RangeDay — Coed Grades 1-9
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address25 Baker Bridge Rd, Lincoln, MA 01773
Other Locations1841 Trapelo Rd, Waltham 02451
Year Established1967
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)

Tuition & Financial Aid

Day Tuition$40,834
Need-Based Scholarships Awarded70

Academics & Athletics

Academic CalendarQuarter
Supplemental InstructionRemedial Math, Remedial Reading, Tutoring
1:1 Laptop Program in Grades6-9
Summer SessionAcademic Enrichment Remedial Recreational. Tuition Day $4275-5100. 5 weeks
Accredited ByNEASC
Interscholastic Boys' & Girls' SportsBasketball, Cross-country, Lacrosse, Soccer, Track

Graduate Placement

Graduate Reference Year2012
Graduates Attending College/Nonpublic Secondary School69


Applications DueRolling
Application Fee$75
New Students112
Percentage of Applicants Accepted89
Percent Admitted Who Choose to Enroll (Yield)93
Tests Used for AdmissionIQ


AdministratorStephen M. Wilkins
Administrator's TitleHead of School
In Office Since2005
Administrator's CredentialsBA, Colgate Univ, MEd, Harvard Univ
Director(s) of AdmissionsLesley Fowler Nesbitt, Director of Enrollment Management

Enrollment & Faculty

Total Enrollment385
Day Students385
Student Body EthnicityWhite 91%, Latino 2%, African-American 2%, Native American 1%, Asian 3%, Other 1%
Average Class Size7
Student-Faculty Ratio3:1
Dress CodeCasual
Teaching Faculty140
Faculty with Advanced Degrees (%)55
Male Teaching Faculty31
Female Teaching Faculty109

Campus & Endowment

Campus Acreage23
Buildings on Campus5
Facilities Value$13,500,000
Endowment Value$4,900,000
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