Virtual Tour of Cotting School

Cotting Building

Admissions Process

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HOPEhouse Virtual Tour

Cotting School is a private special education day school approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.  Families, public school districts and others are welcome to call or email the Director of Admissions for program information or to schedule a tour. Referrals, which are typically made by the public school district, may be made at any time.  At Cotting, admissions is rolling; we consider candidates throughout the year, and a mid-year admission will be considered if age-appropriate openings are available. 

For more Admissions information or to speak with someone about admissions requirements, please contact Elizabeth Russell, Director of Admissions at (781) 862-7323 ext. 114 or

School Overview

Cotting School’s mission is to enable students with special needs to achieve their highest learning potential and level of independence.  Our campus in Lexington, Massachusetts, offers specialized educational programs for students ages 3 to 22 years.   We serve approximately 120 students with the following criteria: 

  • students with moderate to severe learning disabilities requiring assessment of learning style, remediation techniques and one-to-one instruction. 
  • students with moderate to severe communication needs requiring experienced teachers, adaptive equipment and alternative communication systems. 
  • students with complex medical conditions requiring medical support services and closely monitored classroom settings. 
  • students with post-traumatic injuries requiring a rehabilitative setting, social skills building, prevocational and vocational training.
Cotting's program has full approval from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. View the full report here.
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Academics are the solid foundation of a Cotting School education.  Educational goals and objectives are developed and implemented within the framework of an individualized educational plan. The curriculum follows the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, and students are taught in classrooms organized in lower, middle, and upper schools. Classes at Cotting are small, and education is the balance between meeting academic goals, building social-emotional skills, and helping students become more independent.

Programs and Services

To learn more about Cotting School's integrated programs and therapies, please visit the Programs/Services section of our website.

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Cotting School admits students of any race, color, religious affiliation, or national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school, and does not discriminate against any students who qualify under the criteria of the school’s admissions policies in administrationof its educational and therapeutic programs, admissions policies, scholarship programs, recreational, and other school-administered programs. Students may be admitted at any time depending upon their appropriateness for the program and available space.