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Special Education School

New Bedford 19 Hawthorn Street, New Bedford, MA 02740 (508) 992-4756 ext. 4

SCHOOL OVERVIEW (to view the full brochure, please click here)

Kennedy-Donovan Center School (KDC School) is a Chapter 766-approved private day school that serves the towns of Southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod. We provide the highest quality special education services to students, ages 3 through 22, with autism, developmental delays, multiple disabilities, neurological disorders, physical disabilities, behavioral challenges, and  medically-fragile.

Certified special education teachers and therapists plan each student’s individual program to match their developing abilities while encouraging each to reach his/her maximum potential.  Individual and small group instruction utilizes a variety of strategies, materials, activities, and experiences to challenge and motivate the students to develop their cognitive, motor, communication, social, emotional, vocational, and self-help skills.

Students at KDC School are supported in developing positive skills and behaviors.  Staff are trained in Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) as well as Safety-Care, a skills training focused on de-escalation techniques and behavior management.


Our certified special education teachers and therapists are committed to working with your family to plan your child’s individual program, including following or adjusting your child’s IEP and providing the individualized supports necessary for your child to thrive. 100% of Kennedy-Donovan Center School teachers are licensed in at least one of the following certifications:
K-8 and secondary special education, specialization in moderate disabilities and severe disabilities, and/or specialization in reading. Students at Kennedy-Donovan Center School enjoy small, personalized classes and receive individual attention. Classrooms have a staff to-student ratio of approximately 1:2, or 1:1 if needed.


Students at Kennedy-Donovan Center School have access to an average of 12 community based learning activities each month, such as visits to the library, grocery store, parks, YMCA, and the Boys & Girls Club, as well as activities
with students from local schools.


Students at Kennedy-Donovan Center School receive on-site clinical supports from the following licensed professionals: registered nurses and licensed practical nurses, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, physical therapists,
occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, and assistant therapists. Students have access to a wide range of assistive technology and therapeutic spaces, including iPads, communication books, picture symbols,
talking photo albums, a sensory room, a physical therapy room, and more. Once a student turns 22, he or she can easily transition into KDC’s Day
Habilitation Program for adults.

Serving the towns of south eastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod.

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