Parent Resources
What is The Brandon School?

The Brandon School is a DESE approved education program for boys from elementary through high school. At Brandon, our goal is to create a diverse environment which is safe, respectful, nurturing, tolerant, and positive for all. In our school, we strive to provide the highest quality of educational services while emphasizing personal growth and promoting positive social values. Our educational program promotes active learning, social skills development, and problem solving within a small, highly structured and supportive setting.

Our classrooms have a high staff to student ratio with an education team that includes teachers certified in special education and/or the content areas, teacher assistants, behavior specialists, Title I teachers/tutors, as well as access to speech and language and occupational therapy services. Our Education program meets all state and federal requirements with teachers who are experienced in aligning lessons and units with the MA Curriculum Frameworks as well as the Common Core standards. Our school focuses on the importance of literacy across the curriculum giving students opportunities to develop listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills.

We are proud to maintain high academic standards while individualizing our instruction. All Brandon students participate in MCAS, and administrators, teachers, and support staff are actively engaged in preparing students for success on MCAS throughout the school year. When it comes to educating our community of diverse learners, we are confident that our staff provides the same level of academic rigor found in any public institution.

What is special about Brandon?

In addition to our compliance with state and federal regulations as it relates to education, Brandon is unique in its ability to offer our clients a range of other activities, resources and services throughout the school day and school year. Examples include our sensory integration program, community service and vocational opportunities, individualized instruction targeted to the specific needs of individual students, a summer education component that combines active learning in the classroom with educational opportunities/activities outdoors as well as in the community. In addition to this, our therapeutic program allows students to address social emotional goals with licensed clinicians. Brandon's multidisciplinary team meets weekly to engage in meaningful planning and programming for our students that includes a strong focus on assisting our students in meeting their educational goals.

For students who require 1:1 instruction in reading using a balanced, systematic approach, Brandon has Wilson trained and/or certified instructors who are available to support them. Students utilize Brandon's educational resources including computer technology (computer lab, interactive whiteboards, and Kindles), and hands-on curriculum materials. Our smaller class size and the multi-grade nature of many of our classes enable us to differentiate instruction and provide appropriate support to all students including those who are capable of meeting higher academic expectations.

What learning activities take place in Brandon classrooms?

The following examples are designed by Brandon teachers and are aligned with the MA Curriculum Frameworks and the College and Career Readiness anchor standards in reading and writing. Click here to view curriculum examples.

Helpful Links

Special Ed Links

Children and Adults with ADD...Non-Profit, Parent-Based Organization for Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder.
The Individuals with Disabilities Act...A guide to IDEA Amendments of 1995.
Special Education Guide Our goal is to present information on the challenges parents and teachers of children with special needs face.

Commercial/Non-Profit Links

Discovery Channel Online...Interactive stories about science, nature, history, people, and more.
Scholastic Internet Center...Scholastic Magazine's contribution to the Internet.
Small Planet Communications...Contains articles, lesson plans, strategies, links, and other materials for teachers and students.

General Links

Adolescent Directory On Line (ADOL)...An electronic guide to information regarding adolescent issues and secondary education.
The Educator's Desk Reference...Lesson plans, Collections, Searchable Database and Gopher, and much more.
Distance Education Clearinghouse...Sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Extension, the Clearinghouse gathers information on teleconferencing technologies, instructional design, programs and courses, and other distance learning resources.
Teacher Talk...A publication for preservice, and practicing secondary education teachers.
The Comer School Development Program...A national school reform project now being used in more than 600 schools in 20 states.
The Education Alliance...Responds to the needs of diverse student populations in the public schools.
Worldwide Classroom...This library of international programs maintains information about 3500 schools in 70 countries including foreign language institutes, universities, adult education centers, and volunteer programs.
Teen Drug Evolution - A Parent’s Resource Guide
The Healthy Teen Network - Healthy Teen Network is devoted to making a difference in the lives of teens and young families.
Therapist and Counselor Locator - Find a local therapist or counselor.

Government Links

Internet in the Classroom...Home of NASA's K-12 Internet Initiative.
Texas Education Network
U. S. Department of Education...USDE's WWW Server sponsored by the Department's Office of Educational Research and Improvement(OERI).
Office of Adolescent Health from U.S. Department of Health & Human Services - The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) is dedicated to improving the health and well being of adolescents to enable them to become healthy, productive adults.

Library Links

Internet Public Library...Provides services and information which enhance the value of the Internet to its ever-expanding and varied community of users.
The Library of Congress...Using the World Wide Web (WWW) to present information about and materials from its collections over the Internet.

Organization Links

Capital Region Board of Cooperative Educational Services...An organization which provides educational resources and services to K-12 schools, including vocational schools, special education and many others.
Global Schoolhouse - The Next Generation...The program brings schools, universities, business, government, and the community together for life learning experiences, using the most powerful technology available.
KIDLINKS...A grassroots project aiming at getting as many children in the age group of 10-15 as possible involved in a GLOBAL dialog.
Mid-continent Regional Educational Laboratory...A nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of education for all students.
Public Broadcasting System...The Internet site of the community of America's public television stations.
Research for Better Schools...A private, nonprofit corporation which has served as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory for 28 years under funding from the U. S. Department of Education.