Admissions

Why choose NECC?

The New England Center for Children has the most experience, the best qualified staff, the most comprehensive curriculum, and the MOST amazing students and families. NECC offers a rolling admissions process and typically has openings in each program throughout any school year. Could your child be the right fit? Learn more today by contacting the Admissions Department at 508-481-1015.

What is the Admission Process?

  • 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.

What is the tuition for NECC?

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.

If I do not have a formal referral from the school system, can I still begin the admissions process?

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 immediate openings?

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?

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 accept insurance as a payment method for tuition?

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.

Do you have a wait list/how long is your wait list?

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 will be admitted?

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?

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.