South Shore High School


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


School Hours:


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




Cheryl Jacques

Program Director
South Shore High School
75 Abington Street, Hingham, MA 02043
Phone: 339-201-4569


Cheryl Jacques, LICSW and DESE certified special education administrator comes to SSEC with thirty years of experience working with children and adolescents coping with significant social, emotional, and behavioral challenges.  She has extensive experience in residential treatment, public school special education administration, and as the director of a substantially separate therapeutic school since 2002.  She has a passion for program development, positive organizational culture, and collaboration with families.

Tim Handorf

Clinical Director
South Shore High School
75 Abington Street, Hingham, MA 02043
Phone: 339-201-4574

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.


Tara Sepeck
(781)749-7518 x1306

In a therapeutic setting with skilled special education staff (teachers, paraprofessionals, licensed clinical social workers, transition specialists, speech and language pathologist, occupational therapist, reading specialist, and a BCBA) students receive support in all aspects of their school functioning.  All of the students have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and benefit from small classes, a high staff to student ratio, clearly defined expectations, and a comprehensive clinical component. Individual and group counseling, as well as consistent family collaboration, are integral components of the program. SSHS also uses the weekly services of a consulting psychiatrist.

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 Students attending South Shore High are provided with academically challenging, grade level curriculum. Grade level content can be modified as necessary to meet individual student needs as noted in their IEP.  Small class sizes are designed to provide students support to realize their learning potential. Students at SSHS take MCAS exams in accordance with the state timeline and schedule. Both the PSAT and SAT exams are offered on site at SSHS.


Clinical Services

As 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 support, and collaboration with outside treatment providers.  Students develop and practice coping strategies to assist them in effectively managing emotional stressors and to counter the problems that have previously stood in the way of their social and academic success.  In addition to school-based clinicians, psychiatric 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

Transition Coordinators assist students in transition planning including, but not limited to:  College and career planning; dual enrollment at the community college level; Work-study; Community-based employment; and connecting with applicable community resources and agencies.

The BRIDGE Classroom

SSHS has a designated classroom for students transitioning to the high school setting.  Students recommended for the BRIDGE classroom are mainly in the 8th grade and in need of more structured supports as they acclimate to a traditional high school schedule of multiple teachers and classroom transitions.  The classroom is self-contained with higher staffing ratios and integrated therapeutic support services.  BRIDGE classroom students are transitioned into the "mainstream" at South Shore High School as they demonstrate success.