Perkins School for the Blind

175 N Beacon St, Watertown, MA 02472

Chartered through the efforts of Dr. John D. Fisher and a committee of interested citizens, Perkins accepts children who are blind—with or without additional disabilities— or deaf-blind. An interdisciplinary treatment team comprises teachers, clinicians, and residential and support staff. The school's academic experience is similar to that found in a traditional school, but boys and girls have access to specialized services that aid in their development. Staff formulate an Individualized Education Plan for each pupil, with the goal of maximizing independence and self-reliance. Skill-building activities incorporate prevocational training and physical and language therapy, while also addressing independent living skills. Enrollment options range from ungraded classes to an accredited high school program. Students rarely spend their entire school careers at Perkins, with most enrolling for a few years before or after attending public school. Group pursuits such as chorus, dramatic productions, and horticultural projects in the school's greenhouse and gardens complement academics. The student's sending school district typically pays all tuition fees. The school accepts the following conditions: Blindness/Visual Impairment, Deafness, Deaf-blindness.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Prep, General Academic, Special Education
Grade RangeBoarding — Coed Ages 5-22; Day — Coed 3-22
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address175 N Beacon St, Watertown, MA 02472
Telephone617-924-3434
Fax617-926-2027
Year Established1829
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)
AdministratorSteven M. Rothstein
Applications DueRolling
Total Enrollment200
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