294 Bowdoin Street, Dorchester, MA 02122

Admissions Contact
  • Laura Lajewski
  • Executive Director
  • 857-220-2333
Primary Approved Populations
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Disruptive Behavior Disorder
  • Emotional Disability
  • Learning Disability
  • Mood Disorder
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Can Support
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Depressive Disorder
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Fire Setting Behaviors
  • Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder

Day Program

12:1:1 Student:Teacher:Aide Ratio

Age Range Served: 6 - 21

Age At Admission: 6 - 21

204 Days of Daytime Operation

72 Maximum Enrollment

< 25% Students Taking MCAS ALT

The COMPASS School is a therapeutic day-school that serves students aged 6-21 with varying disabilities including emotional impairment, behavior disorders, and other disabilities that require special education in an individualized environment. Students are referred from school districts in eastern Massachusetts for whom school has been a struggle. Students attend COMPASS on the basis of their individual needs either for a short-term period of evaluation or a long-term placement at COMPASS. The COMPASS School utilizes a therapeutic approach to build resiliency among its students by providing them with distinct programs based on age, cognitive levels, emotional needs, and academic requirements. The COMPASS School includes grades 1-12, a vocational and transitions program, and a 24-day Summer School program.