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Why Support Cotting School?

For 126 years, Cotting School has been dedicated to innovation and excellence in the field of special education.  Our sustained success as a school is due in large part to the generosity and dedication of friends, family members, and alumni for over a century.  Simply put, we would not be the school we are today without the commitment of our donors each year to the annual fund.

Tuition does not cover the full cost of a Cotting education.  Our annual fund provides the support we need to hire the finest special educators in the area, provide a wide range of therapies and elective classes, and replace and update our cutting-edge technology.  Thoughtful and generous donors like you enable faculty like ours to educate the whole child, so that he or she achieves the highest learning potential and level of independence.

There is nothing like a visit to Cotting.  We believe that by meeting our students and seeing our classrooms in action, you will feel a connection to this place that cannot be put into words.

We welcome your visit anytime, and thank you for your continued support of our students.



Paul Chiozzi
Director of Annual Giving

A note to our Monthly Donors: March 19, 2020

We are grateful now more than ever for your continued support of Cotting School.  These are challenging times for everyone, including Cotting staff and students, but your steadfast commitment enables us to weather this storm.  Because of your generosity, we are able to continue to pay staff and provide services to our students while the school is closed.  Please know that we appreciate you and hope you are staying safe and healthy.


Make a Monthly Impact

Elizabeth decided to become a monthly donor after some thoughtful consideration. “I am really inspired by the nurturing environment and sense of community I feel at Cotting School, and I want to make a difference in the lives of these students. This program enables me to allocate a manageable monthly contribution that collectively makes the maximum impact possible.” Consider joining The Perch today, along with Elizabeth and several other monthly donors to make the maximum impact with your gift. Joining is as simple as making your gift online at, and checking the box that says “Yes, make this a recurring monthly gift.”


Did you know?

The IRA Rollover Law has been extended, meaning you can make a gift to Cotting School from your IRA without paying income taxes. The contribution would not be considered a charitable gift.  You must be at least 70 ½ years old and decline goods and services.  The rollover may not exceed $100,000.

To make a gift, contact your IRA administrator requesting a charitable distribution to Cotting School, and be sure to have Cotting’s Tax ID ready: 04-2104328. Please contact Paul Chiozzi with further questions!

How Your Donation Helps


Supports the expanded vocational and elective offerings in our Capstone Program, a culminating experience for students ages 18-22.


Help provide job coaching for a student to gain a half day's work experience in a local business


Purchases supplies for biannual student-run craft fairs


Helps supply entrance fees for a community trip; e.g., a class in art or at a science museum


Buys jerseys for a Challenger Baseball team for Saturday baseball


Buys 1 adaptive soccer ball for Phys Ed class