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The Community School is a day school serving students ages 3-21 with severe, multiple disabilities, many of whom have complex medical needs.  

The Community School is located in at 75 Abington St., Hingham, as well as 70 Memorial Parkway, Randolph.

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School Hours:
Program hours from September to June are 9:00am to 3:30pm with the exception of the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month which are early dismissals at 12:00 noon, providing times for professional development programs.
We follow a public school calendar from September to June with the addition of a 7-week summer program.

Suggested Resources

The Boston Song Concert
Council for Exceptional Children
Federation for Children
NEADS (Dogs For Deaf and Disabled Americans)

Key Dates:

  • 10/3 Open House & Scholastic Book Fair 5:30-7:30

Patricia Mason
Program Director
Community School and the Community Adult Program
75 Abington Street, Hingham, MA 02043
Fax (781)740-0784
Patricia has been the Director of the Community School & Adult Programs since July, 2002. She has 25 years experience in the field serving infants, children and adults with special needs in public, private and residential settings. Patricia is a program reviewer for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Prior to coming to the Collaborative, she coordinated the DeafBlind National Graduate Teacher Preparation Program at Boston College. She is currently adjunct faculty at Bridgewater State University, Lesley University, Northeastern University and Endicott College.





The Community School integrates both a functional and developmental curriculum with standardized units of study which are standards based and aligned with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. Through the use of thematic units the students are able to access the general education curriculum while working on skills related to communication, activities of daily living, academics, social/emotional development, behavioral management, vocational and leisure/recreational.

Technology is highly integrated within the program in a manner which supports increased independence and greater access to the world around. The program currently has a service dog named J.R. who has been fully trained by NEADS (Dogs For Deaf and Disabled Americans). He is a wonderful addition to the program, assisting in student programs, facilitating more active engagement and acting as a calming presence when appropriate.

Services Offered

Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy
Speech & Language Pathology
Music Therapy (Group & Individual)
Vision & Orientation & Mobility Services
Deafblind Services
Adapted Physical Education
Yoga, Zumba & Ballet
Behavioral Supports including direct home based services
Extensive Community Based Instruction & Vocational Development
Recreation Activities (Access Sports, Therapeutic Riding, Access Sail, Bowling, Fieldtrips, Library/Barnes & Noble reading groups etc.)
Assistive technology
Home based consultation
Equipment clinics with a variety of vendors including: wheelchair repair, splinting, equipment evaluation & trial
Children’s Hospital Augmentative Communication Program onsite Evaluations (2x per year)

Parent Advisory Counsel
In 1984, a group of parents of children who attended the South Shore Educational Collaborative Community School and staff formed the Parent Teacher Organization (PAC). The PAC engages in numerous activities to support the children's educational program. It provides assistance as well as funds to defray some of the many expenses associated with our annual Family Field Day, Junior/Senior Prom. The PAC has raised funds for the purchase of a variety of school materials and equipment (including computers, printers, adaptive devices and educational software); absorbed admission fees for community experiences to museums, theaters, the circus, trips to the zoo; financially supported staff attendance at professional conferences; and, provided informational meetings for parents and staff on topics of interest which are specific to our school population.

Early Childhood Programs

Preschools (ages 3-5): The pre-school classrooms are language/ communication based and use monthly thematic units to meet the early childhood standards set forth in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. By teaching a unit on animals, the students are listening to stories, sharing ideas, taking turns, counting, categorizing, using manipulatives, learning new vocabulary and content, listening to animal sounds and related music, creating artwork and using technology to access information or to participate in the activities.

Kindergarten (ages 5-7): The Kindergarten classrooms are language based comprehensive program. This is a small nurturing environment which offers consistent routines where children may utilize their current skills as independently as possible while building on higher level concept development including their ability to "act" upon their world. All areas of the curriculum are covered through monthly thematic multisensory based units which are directly linked to the curriculum frameworks.

Elementary Classrooms (ages 7-12)

Functional Academic (ages 7-10): These classrooms work on skills related to pre-academic and academic areas. This includes but is not limited to: color identification and matching, number recognition, quantity, exchange, letter recognition, name recognition, writing/scribbling, etc. Skills are embedded in functional activities and routines throughout the day. This is a highly structured classroom with a strong focus in the development of communication skills. There are opportunities for both independent and facilitated social interactions to encourage play and friendships. Opportunities to learn and practice daily living skills are an essential part of this classroom.

Academic Classrooms (ages 7-15): These classrooms focus much more on true academics. Although they include such concepts as basic letter and number identification they also look at the development of beginning reading skills, arithmetic (simple addition/subtraction), writing/typing (can be very simple or more complex depending on the student), simple science, social studies and health.

Transitional Classrooms (ages 7-10): These are highly specialized classrooms for students who need a much quieter and slower paced setting. There are higher levels of therapeutic support, specialized positioning equipment including a waterbed and opportunities to have a very individualized schedule which would include frequent breaks for rest, medical interventions or repositioning. There is a strong focus on the development of communication skills using pictures/objects/tangible symbols and electronic supports.

Secondary Programs (ages 13-21)

Functional Academic (ages 14-17): These classrooms continue to have a strong communication focus. Facilitator support strategies are used to promote incidental as well as structured interactions between peers and students/staff. Assistive technology is integrated throughout the routines both in terms of access to the curriculum as well as a supplemental activity to reinforce content and skills. There is consistent exposure to print/objects/pictures through the use of thematic units to support greater content knowledge and concept formation. Daily living skills are addressed as a function of naturally occurring routines.

Transitional (ages 17-21): These classrooms are highly individualized for students with significant therapeutic and positioning needs. Assistive technology is integrated throughout all activities supporting partial participation and independence. Activities are sensory based and are sensitive to the age and interests of the students. Students are encouraged to participate and assisted to be independent in portions of the activities. Communication is a high priority in this classroom.

Vocational (ages 17-21): Classrooms focus on basic to increasingly complex skill acquisition to support vocational development. There are opportunities to practice work related skills within the program as well as community based instruction. In addition to vocational development, this part of the program works on social competencies to support full community participation. Leisure/recreation skills are addressed both on a group and individual basis. Self-help and independent living skills are addressed on a daily basis to support overall independence.


75 Abington Street, Hingham, MA 02043 | Phone: 781-749-7518 | Fax: 781-740-0784