The history of the Carroll School dates back to 1967, when Dr. Edwin Cole, a Massachusetts General Hospital neurologist, and a small group of concerned individuals, founded a school for children with language-based learning differences. Today, Carroll is a thriving community where children come together in an environment that values their differences and remediates their learning difficulties. Carroll’s tradition is rich and its mission firmly grounded. We have outstanding leadership and faculty, and the strong partnership among teachers and families creates a community that has long been an important hallmark of the school.
Dr. Edwin Cole, a neurologist with the Massachusetts General Hospital, and Samuel Lowe and F. Gorham Brigham, successful Boston-area businessmen with considerable experience on educational boards, were the benefactors of the Carroll School.
Trained at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Cole had seen dramatic results working individually and in small groups with dyslexic children using methods developed by neurologist, Samuel Orton, and educator, Anna Gillingham. The Orton-Gillingham language-training method continues to form the basis of the curriculum employed at Carroll today.
Dr. Cole personally interviewed and approved all members of the administration and faculty of the new school, many of whom had been trained at a clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital that dealt with children with language-based learning disabilities.
In September of 1967, the school opened in West Newton with seven students and ended the year with 28, as word about the program spread throughout the area. With enrollment approaching 50 three years later, the school moved to a property in Lincoln, once used by Massachusetts General Hospital as an extended care facility. The campus was formerly known as the ‘Storrow House’ and is located at 25 Baker Bridge Road in Lincoln.
More than 45 years later, our school has more than 400 students in grades 1-9. In the fall of 2010, we opened an additional campus located at 1841 Trapelo Road in Waltham, 3.1 miles from our Lincoln campus. Grades 1-5 are located on our Waltham campus and Grades 6-8 are located on our Lincoln campus. In the Fall of 2017, we opened a new campus in Wayland, providing space for the Upper School (8th grade students new to Carroll and all 9th graders) as well as athletic fields for Middle and Upper School sports.