Carroll School is designed specifically for children with language-based learning disabilities, such as dyslexia.
1. SCHOOL SIZE
Carroll’s Lower School serves 157 students in the 1st through the 5th grades and is located at 1841 Trapelo Road in Waltham, MA.
Carroll’s Middle School serves 218 students in the 6th through the 8th grades and is located at 25 Baker Bridge Road in Lincoln, MA.
Our new-to-Carroll 8th grade students and our 9th grade program is located on our Lincoln campus and has 35 students.
Our students are from over 70 different communities.
Our student to faculty ratio is less than 3 to1. Small classes, ranging in size from tutorial to eight students, allow Carroll’s teachers to a deliver customized education to each student.
At Carroll, we teach our students to read, comprehend, and write through a structured, sequential, multi-sensory, systematic, alphabetic-phonetic approach to instruction. The principles of Orton-Gillingham are the foundation we use for teaching reading (decoding) and spelling (encoding) to our students. Forty Orton-Gillingham tutors provide individualized reading and language instruction and Language Focus Area classes (make link to the Language Focus Area web page) provide small group instruction in a student’s area of greatest academic need.
4. FOCUS AREAS
In addition to language and literature, mathematics, science, and history classes, every student receives an additional focus area class that may be an Orton-Gillingham tutorial or a small group instruction that addresses areas like—Oral Reading Fluency, Reinforcing Revision Skills, Comprehension and Vocabulary, or Writing Composition.
5. ARTS and MOVEMENT
The educational curriculum is enriched with Physical Education, Movement, Performing Arts, Studio Art, Woodshop programs, and Bounders, a physically and mentally challenging, non-competitive program.
6. 8/9 Program
Carroll provides a challenging and supportive 8/9 grade program with curriculum that mirrors that of local college preparatory schools. Performance expectations will be high while targeted support will be given in order to help students achieve these high standards. Our 8/9 program also provides direct and personal service in planning transition to their next high school placement.
The use of technology in the curriculum enhances Carroll’s multi-sensory approach to education by providing innovative, interactive approaches to learning. We are a Google school, enabling sharing and communication throughout our community. Each campus is fully wireless; teachers employ a variety of educational software; every classroom has an interactive whiteboard which is used as an integral part of daily lessons. Our 1st-5th grade students all have iPads and can also utilize computer labs equipped with desktop computers, as well as mobile laptop carts and Writers for classroom computer access; our 6th-9th grade students are assigned individual chromebook computers. In our Middle School, our Learning Commons offers programming software, green-screen filming, recording technology, stop-motion video, and tablets that promote project-based learning experiences.
8. SUMMER @ CARROLL
Our School’s summer program, Summer@Carroll, is a five-week, full-day program for children from the ages of 6-14 that provides remedial reading, writing, and math classes in the mornings and camp-based activities in the afternoons.
The tuition for the 2013-2014 year is $40,834 with approximately 70 families receiving some form of need-based financial aid awarded by the School. Because of the remedial nature of our school, tuition and related expenses may be eligible for a medical tax deduction.
Carroll School is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and is a member of the Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE). The Massachusetts Department of Education has approved Carroll School as a private special education school program.