A school delivering a language-based program for students grades 5-12 with complex profiles.

Core academics


Learning Prep School is committed to expanding and enhancing our student’s understanding of core content knowledge, as well as acquiring and refining the skills required to navigate challenges and avail themselves of the opportunities they will likely experience in life. Teaching and learning are designed to develop self-confidence through inquiry, analysis, problem-solving, and self-advocacy, enabling each student to have the competence and the confidence to accept responsibility for their own learning and their own actions.

ELA & Math

The Learning Prep School curriculum is designed to develop a solid educational foundation for our students. The philosophy, essential goals, and frameworks enable departments and grade levels to create comprehensive methodologies, units, and assessments that are vertically aligned in grades 5 through 12 and follow the Massachusetts Common Core Standards, utilizing entry points to access these standards where appropriate. Our comprehensive curriculum overview can be found here: ELA Curriculum and Math Curriculum. Additional content area curriculum will be forthcoming. LPS students participate in academic as well as related service, elective, and transition skill classes.

Daily life

The LPS student has an individualized schedule, with no more than 8 students per class. A typical day includes 5 core academic periods: English Language Arts, Reading Comprehension, Math, Social Studies, and Science. In addition to related services including speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, and counseling, the students participate in Health & Student Issues, Physical Education and a variety of electives.

The classroom setting

LPS provides an individualized language-based program with specially designed instruction within a safe, secure and highly structured classroom setting. Our students are taught in small groups with similar functional language levels, compensatory needs and academic skills.


Teachers tailor classroom materials to the reading levels of each group. In all classes, students work on reading, writing and communication skills while they learn basic subject content following the Common Core Curriculum, using entry points when needed. Classroom teaching ranges from teacher-directed to independent activities while using multi-sensory methods to reinforce learning and accommodate a variety of learning styles. Our instructional methods assist with the preparation of annual state testing (MCAS), and all appropriate IEP accommodations are provided.

Learning Prep School | 1507 Washington Street | West Newton, MA 02465  | (617) 965-0764

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