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Cardinal Cushing School

PBIS Gold Winners

Our Schools provide an environment that facilitates healthy emotional, personal and physical growth for all students with mild to severe special needs including autism, intellectual disabilities and other multiple challenges.  Students are encouraged to learn and work cooperatively and independently within their abilities.  Maintaining positive attitudes, habits of mutual respect, self-esteem, self-expression/advocacy, decision-making, and tolerance are stressed.  Learning activities are integrated into all areas of the program and are designed to build and enhance the productivity, knowledge and self-esteem of each student in our care.

The keystone in our mission of challenging all students to achieve their greatest potential is embedded in positive behavioral supports, technology and vocational inclusive pathways.  We offer high staff to student ratios and the integration of the Common Core and Massachusetts Frameworks into a comprehensive school and community-based curriculum that includes academics, supportive employment, recreation, social skills and community living.



Cardinal Cushing School in Hanover supports students age 6-22. Class size ranges from five to seven students. All classrooms have a licensed teacher and at least one full-time educational assistant, with some classrooms having more assistants as needed. Some of our students attend school for the day, others elect to board with us and participate in our residential program.


We recognize the importance of helping our students self-determine how they want to live, work and form relationships in their community. We achieve this goal through self-advocacy development and empowerment in these essential components:

•  Modified academics
•  All inclusive community-based employment and transition services
•  Technology Instruction and assistive skill development
•  Communication and language development
•  Community recreation and adaptive physical education
•  Music and art education
•  Occupational and physical therapy
•  Counseling and school-wide positive behavioral interventions and support
•  Nursing services
•  Parent support and training


For more information about any of our programs please contact our Admissions Department at 781-829-4672 or by e-mail.