UPPER & LOWER SCHOOL
roviding educational services for a broad range of academic needs in a therapeutic environment, the Northshore Academy seeks to create a culture for learning based on respect, responsibility, and integrity. With the Northshore Academy Upper School located in Beverly and the Lower School located in West Peabody. The Academy provides an alternative educational experience in grades K to 12 for students who typically present with a combination of social, emotional and psychological challenges that impact their academic achievement. Programs and services are integrated and focus on both academic and social skills, including strategies to acquire new knowledge, modify behavior and develop positive peer and adult relationships.
Programs and Services
In addition to providing a challenging academic curriculum, the Academy's programs and services have been designed to help students enhance social skills, acquire new knowledge and develop supportive relationships within their school and communities, preparing them for their return to their home school, the next educational level and/or job placement. This is accomplished through assigning each student to a Multi-Disciplinary Team. This team of professionals and specialists, along with the student's parents, work together to meet the individual student's needs through the use of innovative educational programming, clinical support, and specialist services. All students have an Individual Educational Plan and are referred through the Special Education Department of the student's sending school district.
- An integrated curriculum which includes multi-sensory learning, art and music education, project based learning and opportunities for physical and recreational development
- Small classroom size which provides a more intensive and focused learning environment for students
- Enhanced computer and technology programming exposing students to a broader educational experience
- Academic testing to more accurately assess the educational strengths and needs of each student
- Vocational programming and work study opportunities presenting college and/or employment options to students
- Psychosocial assessment to accurately determine social, emotional and behavioral interventions needed to support student success in the classroom
- Case management coordinating school-based services and/or facilitating referrals to outside agencies for substance abuse treatment, psychiatric assessment, and individual and/or family therapy
- Family services including supportive groups and seminars
- School based counseling
- Psycho-educational groups (i.e. life skills, anger management, substance abuse, health based, etc.)
- Art/expressive therapy
Student Support Services
- Social skill development specific to classroom and community interaction (anger management, decision making, critical thinking)
- Crisis management
- Behavioral and emotional support targeted at keeping the student in their classroom
In addition to the educational programming and clinical and student support services available, the Academy provides a wide range of therapies, including speech, occupational and physical therapy, as well as vision services to students with an identified need outlined in their Individual Education Plan. Specialized programming is also available for students with Asperger Syndrome and non-verbal learning disabilities.
The goal of the Academy is to enable students to successfully return to their district classrooms when indicated.
Contacts and Referrals
For more information about the Northshore Academy Lower School or to make a referral, we invite you to contact:
For more information about the Northshore Academy Upper School at McKeown or to make a referral, we invite you to contact: