North Berkshire Academy

North Berkshire Academy

North Berkshire Academy

We Believe Every Student Can Learn and Succeed

North Berkshire Academy is a public day special education program that offers a small-school learning environment for high school students, accepting students in grades 7-10 with learning disabilities and/or social, emotional, or behavioral disorders. We offer a structured, consistent, emotionally supportive community, based on positive reinforcement. 

Students work individually and in small groups on academics, social skills, recreation and community service, and earn credits towards high school graduation from their sending schools. We work to provide our students with the tools, knowledge, and support they need to fully reach their potential and successfully transition back to their sending schools or into the community. 

Our Approach - Compassionate, Collaborative, and Student-focused

We believe in the potential and capacity of our students to learn, grow, and develop. To accomplish this, we provide a learning community that offers a broad range of evidence-based academic and therapeutic supports for our students that are strength-focused, empowering and restorative in nature.

We support students and families with:

  • High-quality academic instruction, including language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and health/P.E., consistent with MA curriculum frameworks
  • Low teacher-to-student ratio and the ability to be highly individualized and responsive to the unique social-emotional needs of each student
  • Differentiated learning experiences including project-based and experiential learning, and educational technology supporting every student's academic and vocational learning
  • Small group work on social skills, recreation, and community-service learning projects
  • Evidence-based therapeutic and behavioral supports that are relational and restorative in nature

Therapeutic Supports

The therapeutic environment at the Academy provides a calm, safe place and daily structure that supports your student's unique social-emotional needs.

Full-time on-site clinical support is an integrated part of the program, and your student will have access to highly qualified specialists including speech, physical therapy, occupational therapy, vision-orientation and mobility, adapted physical education, and assistive technology/augmentative communication assistance, depending on the needs outlined in the IEP.

Parent and Families are Members of the Team

Teaching staff and clinical staff take a team approach to working with our students, and the team includes and embraces the student, parents, and families to ensure that students feel they have a safe and supportive community. 

CES is committed to involving parents and families in the students' participation in our programs in ways that promote social, emotional, and academic growth and progress.There are regular onsite meetings with family members, and frequent communication with Academy staff, as well as parent involvement in our quarterly Program Advisory Group. Staff share program approaches and tools with families so that students can be well supported in the home.

"The journey doesn't seem so overwhelming anymore. This is not a journey that I have to accomplish by myself."

Kianna Pickney Brown, Graduate, HEC Academy

The North Berkshire Academy Day

The day program runs Monday - Friday, from 8:00am - 2:15pm. 

The Academy offers student-driven electives and clubs; and students may also have access to in-district extracurricular activities and sports, in collaboration with their sending district. The school offers multiple classroom spaces and a gymnasium for students; and all spaces are fully accessible to students or visitors with limited mobility.

To learn about program enrollment and referral of students, click here to visit our enrollment page.

North Berkshire Academy | 206 Ashland Street | North Adams, MA | 413.398.5411

For more information, please contact:

Photo of Jodi Drury
Position: 
Project Manager, CES; and Director, North Berkshire Academy Special Education Public Day School
Phone: 
413.398.5424
Email: 
jdrury@collaborative.org