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Perkins School for the Blind

Perkins School for the Blind is a coeducational private special needs school for students in grades Pre-K through 12.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Suburban

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Overview

Overview

Perkins School for the Blind says

Founded in 1829, Perkins School for the Blind was America’s first school for children with visual impairments. Today, Perkins seeks to prepare children and young adults who are blind with the education, tools and skills they need to realize their potential.

At its historic campus in Watertown, Mass., Perkins School for the Blind offers accredited residential and day programs for students from 3 to 22 years who are blind or deafblind, including those with additional disabilities. Students engage in programs including academics, arts and music, athletics, physical therapy, prevocational training, independent living skills and more.

Perkins serves children who are blind or visually impaired at every stage of life through its Early Learning Center (ages 3-6), Lower School (ages 5-14) and Secondary Program (ages 14-22). The Perkins Deafblind Program provides academic classes and vocational readiness programs for students with multiple sensory disabilities. Many students choose to live on campus in one of 15 residential cottages where they learn independent living skills like cooking, cleaning and self-care.

Support services for all students include health services, physical and occupational therapy, speech language, counseling, music therapy and social services. Residential and day students also take advantage of adaptive physical education facilities, including a pool, two indoor tracks, an adaptive outdoor track and the Pappas Horticulture Center, where they participate in horticulture therapy and learn how to care for plants. The Grousbeck Center for Students & Technology features a student center with state-of-the-art technology, a music room and an accessible Internet radio studio where students produce programming for Radio Perkins. The Grousbeck Center is also home to Perk Café, a campus coffee shop where student employees practice vocational and customer-service skills.

Mission Statement

The Perkins mission is to prepare children and young adults who are blind with the education, tools and skills they need to realize their potential.

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Finance

Finance

Private schools, including parochial and boarding, are funded through tuition and fees. The cost varies from school to school, but most families pay tuition to attend them. Many private schools offer financial aid or discounts, so it's worthwhile to ask about these options.

Admissions

Admissions
Phone
  (617) 972-7285
Email
  chris.underwood@perkins.org

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 409
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
Pre-K 10
Kindergarten 5
1 22
2 23
3 10
4 10
5 10
6 10
7 15
8 15
9 15
10 15
11 20
12 40
Ungraded 189

Perkins School for the Blind's relatively even enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing Perkins School for the Blind's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 2 : 1
Gender 20% Male / 80% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 23%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 3%
Hispanic/Latino 11%
Black or African American 6%
Asian 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native 6%

Extracurriculars

  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Swimming
  • Track and Field
  • Wrestling
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Swimming
  • Track and Field
  • Wrestling

Associations & Memberships

Other school associations

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

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