The COVE School uses strengths-based approaches, engaging activities, and a variety of learning strategies to support student success across all courses including; English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Vocational Studies, Physical Education and various electives.
By fostering positive working relationships with students and providing clear structures, our teaching team helps students develop skills and competencies, reflective practices, and personal development.
The COVE School offers small class sizes of up to 12 students, with a wide variety of core academic offerings, elective courses and vocational programming. Specific classes and learning objectives can be found in our Curriculum Guide.
Course offerings at The COVE are based on student availability, need, and interest. Not all courses are offered in a given semester or year. The COVE School may add additional courses based on student needs and progress. All academics are based upon the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and Common Core Standards with modifications and accommodations applied according to student need.
Students are placed in groups with peers who display similar levels of academic, social, and behavioral skills. At times, students may require additional support in specific subject areas. When this happens, every opportunity to provide the student with extra help and practice are offered–whether it is through tutoring, small group instruction, or additional class time.
In addition to providing services, accommodations/modifications, and other supports outlined in IEPs, we implement universal supports to give all students the scaffolding and specialized instruction they need to be successful and access the general curriculum.
The COVE School issues Certificates of Completion, but not a formal high school diploma. The Certificate of Attendance reflects a student’s completion of the curriculum at The COVE School by achieving a passing grade of a 60/D-, or higher in all of their academic classes.
For those students who fulfill their obligations to The COVE School, while also meeting the expectations for graduation from the sending school district, The COVE School’s Principal and Special Education Coordinator collaborate with the sending school district to ensure the student is awarded a physical High School Diploma during the Graduation Ceremony in June.
The COVE School is a year-round program accepting students from a variety of referral sources. The COVE School is licensed to accept school referral placements for students identified with a primary disability of Emotional Disturbance (ED), Autism, Specific Learning Disability (SLD), and/or Other Health Impairments (OHI). The COVE School is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Education.