Founded in 1893, Cotting School is America’s first day school for children with a broad spectrum of learning and communication disabilities, physical challenges, and complex medical conditions.
To meet the diverse needs of our multifaceted population requires that we focus on the whole child. Cotting does more than target a student’s diagnosis; we design a continuum of services to ensure that the students – and their families – become part of a “comprehensive classroom” in an extended learning community.
Cotting’s exceptional care for children can be described by two seemingly opposite adjectives: tough and tender. There is tenaciousness in our students and our staff. There is a fighting spirit at Cotting, a “we can do it” toughness that helps students overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. At the same time, there is tenderness in our school, a nurturing staff and students who treat each other with exquisite kindness.
Cotting School serves 130 day students from 72 Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire communities and provides residential services to 8 young adults at HOPEhouse.