Common Questions
Common Questions

What is Brandon?

Brandon is a school and treatment center for boys who may need some extra support to be successful in many different areas. Brandon is a safe, respectful, nurturing and positive place where people, relationships, routines and structure help you:

  •  To have healthier relationships with family members, adults and peers
  •  To make safer choices about dealing with anger, sadness and anxiety and other emotions
  •  To make a habit of healthy choices and behaviors
  •  To have more success in school
  •  To talk about and begin to fix things and thoughts that bother you

How many kids are at Brandon?

There are 7 separate houses at Brandon and between 9 and 13 boys stay in each one. Total, there are about 75 boys at Brandon, who are between the ages of 7 and 17.

How long would I stay at Brandon?

From the time you enter Brandon, there is a plan in place to help you get the tools you need to control your feelings and behaviors in order to be successful in public school, the community and your home. Some programs at Brandon last a few days, most last between 1 and 6 months and some longer. The amount of time you stay depends on the goals you need to meet and the work that needs to happen before you can move on from Brandon.

Where would I stay while at Brandon?

Brandon has a large, 35 acre campus with 4 houses on it and also 3 off-campus houses in nearby neighborhoods. We try to find the house that is the best match for you.

Would I have a roommate?

The chances are that you will share a large room with 1 or 2 other boys.

Where would I go to school?

Brandon has a school on campus that most students attend. The building divided into a lower school, middle school and high school. Students are grouped by age, grade and/or ability.

Some kids go to school off campus at public school or other private school programs.

What types of staff are at Brandon?

At Brandon you will have a case manager that is in charge of knowing everything that is happening in school and at the house. They are the point person for you, your family members, guardians, visiting resources and outside social workers. You will have an individual therapist and a family therapist who you meet with one or more times a week. Therapists are available on campus everyday. You will have nurses, teachers, teacher's assistants, residential counselors and supervisors who are all here to support you and your family.

What is a typical day like at Brandon?

Brandon is a very structured place where there is a plan for nearly every part of the day.

When could I make phone calls?

We ask that you receive phone calls from people on your "call list" between 4pm and 9pm on weekdays and 9am-9pm on weekends.

What time is Bedtime?

Bed times depend on the age of the student as well as the level he is on. Bedtime can be as early as 7:30pm and as late as 10:45pm. Group Home kids often have earned privileges to stay up later than kids in other programs.

When could I have visits?

Your Case Manager here helps arrange visits with family members, visiting resources, social workers and other important people. Visits can happen during the week and on weekends. Once approved, visits can happen on grounds, off grounds, overnight, over weekends and over school vacations.

What do kids eat at Brandon?

Kids eat very well at Brandon. Every morning starts with breakfast at the house. A hot, healthy lunch is provided at school and dinner and snacks are served at the houses in the evening. Weekends kids can sleep in, so there is a hot brunch at 11am on Saturdays and Sundays.

Is it possible to bring a video game system/walkman/mp3 player?

You can bring these items to Brandon, but they can only be used during designated times and when students are on the appropriate level.

Is it possible to bring a television?

No, but there are televisions here.

Could I decorate my room?

Please feel encouraged to bring appropriate posters, pictures, personal items to decorate your room.

Is smoking allowed?

No. Smoking and the use of other substances is strictly prohibited.

What kind of athletics does Brandon offer?

Days at Brandon are very active. Brandon has a huge gymnasium with a full-sized basketball court where students participate in gym class once a day, in addition to outdoor and indoor activities in the afternoons/weekends.

Brandon has Varsity and/or Junior Varsity Basketball, Flag Football and Soccer teams that play other schools on and off campus.

Is it possible to have a job or earn money?

Brandon has numerous work study opportunities for students that range from culinary arts, campus upkeep, extra chores, delivering items on campus etc. Students must be on an appropriate level, and can earn money for these tasks.

Brandon's Group Home students are encouraged to apply for and hold jobs in the community.

What kind of activities do students participate in at Brandon?

In order to participate in Brandon activities, students must me on specific levels.

In addition to a Culinary Arts Programs, work-study programs and Students Council, Brandon has daily on and off grounds activities.

Daily on-grounds activities may include: art projects, computer games, Drop Everything and Read, intramural sports, cookouts, low ropes course activities, rollerblading, pick-up basketball and softball and playground time. Special events include: an Annual Talent Show, "Brandon Day", Summer Program Kick-Off Carnival, Multicultural Holiday Festival, The Academic Fair, and various bake-sales and fundraisers.

Off grounds activities include: trips to the Basketball Hall of Fame, the Museum of Science, the Boston Aquarium, Six Flags, Patriots Camp, Bruins Games, community fairs, roller-skating rinks, bowling, mall shopping and more.

Brandon's 10 week summer school program has even more off-grounds and outdoor learning opportunities including: camping, hiking, canoeing, whitewater rafting, deep sea fishing, rock-climbing and more. See information on the summer program in the "For Students" pages.

How can students be involved around campus?

Brandon has a very active Student Council with elected offices and responsibilities. Student Council members participate in planning special events like the Annual Talent Show, The Multicultural Holiday Festival, The Academic Fair and various fundraisers.

Students can be involved in Brandon's Culinary Arts Program and help with menu planning, food preparation and serving of staff and student lunches.

There are lots of other opportunities that students are encouraged to help out with around campus.