NECC Schools2024-05-29T12:47:06-04:00


The New England Center for Children is a top special education school in Massachusetts. Students between the ages of 3 and 22 receive year-round services for 30 hours per week. The curriculum ranges from basic prerequisite skills for learning, including attention, imitation and self-care, to academic skills, such as reading, math and science. As the students reach the age of 14, emphasis is placed on vocational skills throughout the school and in the community.

School is in session Monday through Friday. The students receive a combination of individual and group instruction depending on their level of functioning and the skills being taught. Learn more with NECC today.


Students in our residential program receive intensive, positive, behavior-oriented treatment individualized to address challenging behaviors. Students work on coping skills and appropriate behaviors with the goal of adapting to a less staff-intensive setting, while still participating in a full range of academic, communication, and recreational activities. Our Autism Residential Schools are located in the Metrowest Boston region of Massachusetts and consist of 14 homes. Our program focuses on enhancing communication and adaptive living skills for individuals with autism.

ITT (Intensive Treatment Team)

The ITT serves students with the most challenging behaviors, which may include aggression, self-injury, property destruction, and non-compliance. The program helps them to develop and strengthen skills necessary to succeed in many different non-institutional settings. Most of our students have had multiple failed residential placements, and come to us from all over the U.S. Our students live in a custom-built one-story structure on three acres that offers a spacious, comfortable, and enriching learning environment. It is customized to accommodate the individual program needs of each student – ranging from quiet 1:1 teaching sessions to open, group recreational activities.


What is the Admission Process?2019-08-12T17:52:07-04:00

Step 1: Referral (most typically from the funding school district)

Step 2: Complete all requested paperwork
Typically includes: diagnostic reports, application, assessments, medical information and IEP.

Step 3: Intake Assessment Review
Parents and potential student come to NECC for a visit. While parents meet with admissions representatives, the potential student has an opportunity to meet clinicians around the school.

Step 4: Determination
Once the assessment review is complete, a recommendation to accept or decline a candidate for admission to NECC is presented to the NECC Executive Committee.

Do you have immediate openings?2019-08-12T17:52:07-04:00

Our admission process is lengthy and comprehensive in order to ensure that our program is a proper fit for each child. Openings can generally be predicted months in advance, and students who have completed the process have generally been identified for specific upcoming vacancies.

Do you have any crisis beds?2019-08-12T17:52:07-04:00

Unfortunately, we do not have the ability to serve as an in-patient crisis facility. Our Consulting Department can be contacted to work with families and school systems to assess and make recommendations for students in crisis.

Do you have a wait list/how long is your wait list?2019-08-12T17:52:07-04:00

NECC does not maintain a waiting list. Every student is matched to a potential opening. If we do not anticipate that an opening will be available in a 12 to 18 month period, a referral is not considered a potential candidate and families and school systems are encouraged to consider other options.

Once my child is considered as a potential candidate, how long will it be before he/she is admitted?2019-08-12T17:52:07-04:00

NECC considers a child as a potential candidate if they have completed the admission process, been determined to be a good match, and we have predicted availability in the next 12-18 months. This is not a guarantee that any child will be admitted within that time frame. Because student profiles can change over time, NECC may ask to re-evaluate any potential candidate that has not been admitted within a 12-month time frame.

I live too far away to bring my child for an intake, can my child still be considered for admission?2019-08-12T17:52:07-04:00

For families who live a great distance from the school, a videotape of the child can be submitted as part of the application and support documentation. Should the process continue to the intake, parents must visit the school, and NECC staff must meet the child in person. If the child is unable to make the trip to NECC, arrangements can be made for the child to be seen in their local setting.

What is the tuition for NECC?2019-08-12T17:52:07-04:00

Tuition rates for students from Massachusetts are set by the Operational Services Division of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Information on the tuition rates can be found on the OSD website.

Do you accept insurance as a payment method for tuition?2019-08-12T17:52:07-04:00

We are not 3rd party billable, and do not accept insurance as part of tuition. Most students have their tuition paid by one or more of the following entities: local school district, state department of education, social service agency, and private individuals. NECC does not have endowments or scholarships to assist with tuition costs.

If I do not have a formal referral from the school system, can I still begin the admissions process?2019-08-12T17:52:07-04:00

Parents who are interested in NECC can begin the admissions process by completing the application and submitting the support documentation.  Should an intake be recommended, NECC will communicate directly with the school system that an intake has been scheduled at the parents request.  A child cannot be designated as a potential candidate for admission until funding is secured.

Do you have a non discrimination policy?2019-12-02T07:37:45-05:00

NECC does not discriminate against current or future students in any way. You may review our notice of non discrimination policy here.

Do you have a bullying prevention and intervention plan?2019-12-02T07:38:45-05:00

Yes, The New England Center for Children is committed to providing all students with a safe learning environment that is free from bullying and cyber bullying. This commitment is an integral part of our comprehensive efforts to promote learning, and to prevent and eliminate all forms of bullying and other harmful and disruptive behaviorthat can impede the learning process. Read our official policy here.

“A great program with day and residential services. Great teachers and academic programming along with swim, music, and art programs and opportunities for field trips and community skill building.” – NECC Parent

Directions from Boston, MA

  1. Take I-90 W from Boston, MA
  2. Follow I-90 W to MA-9 W/Boston Worcester Turnpike/Worcester Rd in Framingham. Take exit 111 from I-90 W
  3. Follow MA-9 W/Boston Worcester Turnpike to your destination in Southborough
  4. Arrive at 33 Turnpike Rd Southborough, MA 01772
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