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Ferst School

Stuart G. Ferst School, a therapeutic day school, combines the best of educational and social emotional support to students 7 to 21 years of age with diagnoses ranging from autism and intellectual disabilities to physical challenges and emotional disorders. The school is staffed by dedicated individuals, including occupational and physical therapists, special education teachers and specialized teaching assistants.

Click here for Ferst School mission and program eligibility.

Meet Connor, one of Ferst School's Students

Ferst School embraces an innovative and holistic approach to education including:

  • Functional Academics
  • Vocational Skills Training
  • Therapy Programs             
    • Sensory Integration therapy                                                                             
    • Physical therapy                                                                                  
    • Occupational therapy                                                                        
    • Speech/Language therapy                                                                
    • Counseling/Case Management                                                       
  • Services and Amenities
    • Adapted/accessible playground
    • Recreational/social activities
    • Floortime©
    • Bilingual staff
    • Hot lunches
    • Training and Social Support (child and parents)

In today’s educational environment, school districts are mandated to provide the most appropriate educational setting. In many cases, the best setting is a therapeutic day school that provides specialized educational staff, ample therapeutic intervention, emotional support and appropriate staff-to-student ratios. For 30 years, Ferst School has been lauded and respected by many parents as the perfect place to provide what their children need to build skills, achieve academically and thrive emotionally.

"Our goal is to provide a safe and emotionally supported learning environment in which our students are enabled to access education. We want them to successfully live, learn, work and play at school, at home and in their communities now and into their adult years." Diane Kush, Stuart G. Ferst School Principal

For more information contact the Ferst School:
(773) 761-4651 x235

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