In the Community

Award-winning Mural for The Arlington bus depot
DearboRn Students Designed and Created an Award-winning Mural for The arlington bus depot. Read More here.  photo by connie ridge.

Schools for Children had been headquartered in Arlington, Massachusetts for 25 years until it relocated its offices to nearby Winchester, Massachusetts in 2014. We are members of both the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and Winchester Chamber of Commerce,  the Massachusetts Association of Approved Private Schools (maaps), the Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE), and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).

As one of the largest employers in the area, Schools for Children has a significant economic impact on Arlington and neighboring communities.


We're proud of the results our programs produce for our students and our communities.

  • We're helping solve the state's drop-out problem. In the past 60 years, we have graduated more than 500 students who were at risk for dropping out of school. According to a 2009 study headed by Massachusetts Secretary of Education Paul Reville, the gap between the lifetime fiscal impact of a high-school graduate and a high-school dropout is $437,167. 
  • We're creating futures. More than 20 percent of our graduating special needs students have gone on to two- or four-year colleges. And every student graduating from our Lesley Ellis School who has applied to an independent school has gained admission to at least one of their top choices.
  • We've been successful in helping school districts meet special education goals. Every year more than 25 percent of  Dearborn Academy's students are able to return to their public schools.
  • We offer new models for high-quality early childhood and elementary education. Lesley Ellis School offers a clear alternative for families seeking a different kind of education for their children—one that respects and educates students as individuals. Accredited by the Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE) Lesley Ellis School also received the Leading Edge Award for its antibias curriculum from the National Association of Independent Schools.

Creating A Culture of Participation

Schools for Children encourages its programs to be strong local citizens in their own communities. We challenge our schools to make creative and meaningful connections to their neighborhoods and incorporate terms of citizenship and participation in their programs. All our programs integrate community service into their curriculum.