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South Shore High School (SSHS) provides challenging academics, therapeutic intervention
and behavioral support. 

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School Hours:
M, T, Th, F: 7:45AM-2:00PM W: 7:45AM-12:00PM

Amy Norton
Program Director
South Shore High School
75 Abington Street, Hingham, MA 02043
Phone: 339-201-4574
Amy Norton has a Masters in Special Education and her license as a special education administrator. She has been working with adolescents in need since 1975. She worked in public high schools for seven years, was the education director in two residential therapeutic private schools for fourteen years, and joined the SSEC as the Director of South Shore High School in 1995.

Tim Handorf
Clinical 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.




In a setting with skilled special education teachers, experienced milieu aides, and licensed clinical social workers, students receive support in all aspects of their school functioning. All of the students have special needs as defined by Chapter 766 and benefit from small classes, clearly defined expectations, and a comprehensive clinical component. Individual, group, and family counseling are integral components of the program, and medication management is offered for those students in need.


Students appropriate for South Shore High are academically focused and motivated to overcome the challenges that have stood in the way of their success.
Small classes with special education certified teachers challenge students while individualizing curriculum to address issues related to learning style.  See our staff in the shot above.
While some classes are designed to remediate gaps, many college prep classes are available to help students realize their learning potential.

Clinical Services

A therapeutic day school, South Shore High offers students a wide range of clinical services integrated into their school day.

School-based social workers provide individual treatment, group therapy, family work, and a variety of therapy groups.

Students develop and practice coping strategies to assist them in managing a range of emotional and interpersonal struggles.

Focus is placed on helping students learn to articulate their issues, using words to resolve the difficulties that previously surfaced through problematic behaviors.
In addition to school-based clinicians, psychiatric management and consultation is available, as well as the services of a full-time nurse with a background in psychiatric medicine.

Behavioral Support

Students identify the behaviors that have previously stood in the way of their success and work to develop new responses.

Students are involved in collaborative problem solving conversations to develop an understanding of their triggers and the most effective coping strategies.

Transition Services

A Transition Coordinator assists students in transitional planning including work-study and community-based employment, college planning, and connecting with resources in the community. All students are involved in a transitional skills curriculum that extends from freshman through senior year.

A Program within a Program

SSHS has services that support students on the autism spectrum, including high functioning autism, Asperger's disorder, pervasive developmental delay, and nonverbal learning disability. One classroom is dedicated to providing all core content subjects as well as support in language pragmatics, occupational therapy, assistive technology, and social skills development. Students in need of these services are transitioned into the "mainstream" at South Shore High as they show readiness.

Suggested Resources

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


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