Southeast Alternative School
Gerald Lima, School Director ,
Karen Tewhey, CAS, Vice President of Education
Admission procedures: All three campuses of our Southeast Alternative Schools (Berkley, Middleboro and Cape Cod) receive referrals throughout the year. Referral packets containing current I.E.P., recent educational and psychological testing, health and school records, etc. should be mailed to the School Director. Because of our comprehensive work with families, creative programming and flexible schedules for older students, we are often used as an alternative to residential programming and a step-down from residential and hospital placements.
Approval: Approved by the Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education as a private day school and as an internship for both teacher of students with Moderate Special Needs and Administrator of Special Education licensure.
Affiliations: Mass. Council of Human Service Providers; Society for Family Therapy and Research; maaps; Child Welfare League, Educational Mentoring Through The Arts and Humanities (EMTAH).
Programs and services: Community Care Services' Southeast Alternative School offers students a comprehensive, strength-based, therapeutic environment that addresses their educational, clinical, vocational, social, recreational and behavioral needs. Our vocational component is community-based, partnering with the business community to emphasize "real-life" skills needed to obtain and maintain employment. Students may participate in internships designed specifically for their needs and interests. In addition to instruction that is aligned to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, individual, group, expressive arts, community service learning and milieu counseling is provided. The school also employs a registered nurse, a technology coordinator and a speech and language development specialist. The foundation at Southeast Alternative is our multidisciplinary team approach, whereby we work in partnership with the student, his/her family, the public schools and collateral professionals. We are committed to comprehensive transition planning and returning students to a less restrictive environment as quickly as possible while still ensuring student success. Our comprehensive approach helps students to develop positive community connections while achieving personal goals such as returning to public schools, preparing for full-time employment, or moving towards further education or vocational training. The school operates from mid-August to the end of June.
Facilities: Southeast Alternative School has three campuses in Berkley, Sandwich and Middleboro, MA. All settings offer a respectful learning environment that is accessible to many community and recreational resources. Each campus has a computer lab, Smart Board technology in the classroom and PLATO, Kurzweil 3000 and Choices/CX Online software. Our Middleboro Campus is located in a quiet, country setting with easy access to Routes 495, 24, 44 and 18.
History: Our educational services began in 1977 with the belief that troubled youths could remain in the community with the appropriate supports. We are known for our commitment to working with the whole child, our extensive family support, flexibility, creativity and a "whatever it takes" spirit. We work in partnership with our students, their parents/caretakers and collateral professionals. Community Care Services operates nearly thirty other programs in Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. These programs represent a continuum of care and flexible supports that uniquely allow us to provide wraparound services for our students and their families.
- Enrollment: M/F
- Age Range Served: 14 - 18
- Age at Admission: 14 - 18
- Program: Day/Summer
- Staff/Pupil Ratio: 1 : 6
- # of Months Open: 11
- # of Days Open: 198
- Current Enrollment: 26