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With Rebecca Altepeter, Head of School
Dearborn Academy

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I wanted to share with you how invaluable the services that Dearborn Academy has provided to my daughter over the past two years.  When it comes to this school there are many things that I could rave about, but one area that was particularly helpful was a new program that was introduced over the past year “Restorative Practices.” 

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Dearborn STEP moved to Newton on July 3, 2019. The program now has access to a gymnasium, art room and an on-site nurse. The classrooms, while just the right size for STEP's small classes, feature high ceilings and ample light from the many windows. 

STEP now occupies the top floor of 575 Washington Street, the building which has been home to Dearborn Academy for the past two years.

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A Deeper Dive Into SMARTS Executive Functioning Strategies

By Hannah Turner

During the 2018-2019 school year, Dearborn teachers took a deeper dive in executive functioning and strategy instruction through the SMARTS Executive Function Curriculum. Executive functions are a set of processes that support us in managing ourselves and our resources in order to achieve a goal, namely metacognition, cognitive flexibility, organizing and prioritizing, working memory, and self-monitoring.

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Dearborn Fully Implements DESE Mid-Cycle Review Requirements


The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) reviews all special education programs for compliance with state and federal regulations every six years. Mid-cycle reviews occur half way between the full reviews.