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maaps’ mission is “to represent private special education schools in their goal of providing the highest quality education to students with special needs.”


Welcome to maaps

The Massachusetts Association of 766 Approved Private Schools (maaps) was founded in 1978 as a statewide association of approved private special education schools dedicated to providing educational programs and services to students with special needs.

maaps members are approved by the Mass. Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education under the state’s special education law, Chapter 766. maaps represents 81 member schools serving approximately 7000 children with special needs from Massachusetts, other states and countries.

Membership in maaps signifies a commitment to excellence and ethical integrity. maaps is concerned that all children with special needs have access to appropriate, high quality educational experiences and treatment options which are necessary for their individual growth and development.




42nd Annual Conference & Vendor Exposition – May 8, 2020


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maaps Appoints Incoming Executive Director


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