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The Quest School is a small,
supportive therapeutic school that provides intensive educational,
clinical, behavioral and remedial services for students kindergarten through eighth grade. 


School Hours:

  • School Year M,T,Thur, Fri 8:30- 2:50 Wed. 8:30- 12:50

  • Summer Hours M-Th 8:30-2:30pm 6 week program

Jennie Williams,
Program Director
Quest Program, South Shore Educational Collaborative
75 Abington Street
Hingham, MA 02043

Jennie Williams, MA, Program Director, joined SSEC in 2006 as a psychology intern. She has had the privilege of working in Quest, South Shore High, Careers, and the STARTS Program as a clinician. Jennie was the Behavioral Specialist in Quest prior to becoming the Program Coordinator in 2012. In addition to working at SSEC, Jennie has worked with children in a variety of settings including community mental health centers, psychiatric hospitals, and partial hospital programs.

Tim Handorf
Clinical Director/
Quest Director

Timothy P. Handorf, LICSW has worked in the mental health field since 1979. He became the Clinical Director of the Collaborative in September 1994. Prior to that, he was the Clinical Consultant to the Quest and South Shore High School programs since 1987. From 1981 until 1994, he worked at the South Shore Mental Health Center in Quincy, MA, first as a staff clinician and eventually became the Program Director of the Child and Adolescent Unit. Since 1981, he has maintained a private practice, specializing in child and adolescent therapy and providing supervision and clinical consultation to schools, programs and private practitioners in the area. He has presented papers and conducted workshops at the local, regional and national levels on matters related to adolescent and family issues.


Quest Elementary/Middle School

The mission of the Quest Program is to provide a safe and respectful learning environment where relationships between staff and students can be nurtured and developed and where students can learn new skills for continued growth.

Quest Core Values

  • Provide a safe learning environment

  • All individuals have the right to be treated with courtesy and respect

  • Dedication to teaching and learning

  • Build strong relationships to foster continued student growth

  • Respect for diversity

  • Participatory and collaborative decision-making

  • Clearly defined expectations and limits

Services Offered

The Quest staff is committed to providing a safe and structured learning environment where students can make academic, social, emotional and behavioral progress that will enable them to be successful in a less restrictive setting.

Quest provides individualized academic instruction in a small group setting by certified special education teachers. Speech and language, occupational therapy, and remedial reading services are provided for those students whose IEP requires it. In addition, a wide range of therapeutic services are offered, including individual, group and family therapy by a team of highly skilled licensed clinicians. As a program, we have adopted the Social Thinking® Curriculum. This program, developed by M.G. Winner, is designed to teach students how their words and actions impact the thoughts and feelings of others around them.

The Quest Program utilizes a structured behavior management system in which students are provided consistency and support while also being challenged to work on their goals. The program also uses incentives, such as our school store, to encourage positive behaviors. All students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of enrichment activities such as art, physical education, music, health, and field trips. Quest also has two trained therapy dogs
During the summer, extended school year services are provided for those students whose IEP includes a longer school year to prevent substantial loss of previously learned skills. Quest also has an active Parent Support Group that meets one evening monthly. This group is led by a clinician and provides information and resources as well as a source of support for interested parents.

Suggested Resources

Advice for Parents and Educators from Dr. Jeff Turley, Consulting Pediatric Psychiatrist
Asperger's Association of New England
Department of Mental Health
Department of Children and Families
Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Social Thinking


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