Admission FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

At Seaport Academy, we strive to make admissions as streamlined as possible so you can make informed decisions and also feel good about the outcome.

If you have any questions or concerns, we encourage you to speak with us directly. We'll work quickly to solve problems and remove obstacles.


Who may apply to Seaport Academy?

To be considered for placement, a student's school district needs to send us a referral. We also accept students who are privately funded.

How old does a student have to be?

A student should have completed the seventh grade and be at least 13 years old by the beginning of September of the year they enter Seaport Academy. 

What type of special needs students does Seaport serve?

We serve students with strong academic potential who have struggled in traditional schools. Our program is designed for students with nonverbal learning differences and social, emotional and behavioral challenges who would benefit from a single-sex, cooperative, experiential learning environment.

Do you accept private-pay students?

Sometimes, if space is available. We don't usually have more than one or two private-pay students at Seaport at any given time. If you're interested in private placement, please email us. We can tell you immediately if we have openings and advise you on next steps.

What are the steps in the admissions process?

Click here for a full step-by-step explanation.

How do you make admission decisions?

Admission to Seaport is always a team decision made by the student, parents, home school or district, Seaport Academy staff and other service providers all working together. We carefully consider every student who is referred to us. When we make decisions, we consider how well we can meet the student's needs and how the student can contribute to the school community.

If the family doesn't speak English, do you have a translator?

We can usually arrange for a translator to attend in person or by phone. Please let us know in advance.

How long does it take for a decision?

Once we have all the necessary school records and the interviews are completed, we strive to make a decision within 48 hours.

Do you have a waiting list?

Yes. Some Seaport students return to their home districts and graduate from their public schools. When this happens, we may offer a place to a student on our waiting list.

Can girls apply?

Seaport Academy is an all-boys schools. We focus on the special needs of boys with learning differences and emotional challenges. Special education professionals seeking placements for girls are encouraged to consider coed Dearborn Academy, which is also a Schools for Children program.

About the School

Is Seaport a state-approved special needs school?

Yes. Seaport Academy is a state-approved Massachusetts Chapter 766 school. If your student qualifies for an out-of-district placement and is a candidate for Seaport Academy, he will be referred to us by his district's SPED director or out-of-district coordinator.

How many students can you serve?

Seaport Academy has a maximum enrollment of 28. We're usually fully enrolled, but we also help students return to their public schools, if appropriate. Spaces do open up during the school year.

How is tuition paid?

Tuition is paid by the student's home school district in accordance with state law and the Federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). For our occasional private-pay students, we will customize a tuition payment plan for you.

Do you provide lunch?

Yes. Seaport serves a healthy catered lunch every day.

What if I get seasick?

Most people experience a little seasickness the first few times they are out on the water, but that quickly fades. The best way to avoid seasickness is to enjoy yourself, have conversations with other people, and learn all you can while you are on the water—don't focus on getting seasick. 

What transportation to Seaport Academy is available?

Some districts provide students with door-to-door bus or van service. Seaport Academy is also accessible by public transportation—the T, the commuter rail, and bus.

How long is the school year?

Seaport Academy has a four-term, 180 day school year.  We start at 8:30 a.m. and end by 2:25 p.m. each day (see the calendar tab for more info).

What is the staff/student ratio?

Seaport Academy has a 2:1 student/staff ratio.

Is there a Parent  Organization?

Yes. All parents are encouraged to join Seaport Academy's Parent Advisory Council and participate in the Seaport community.

What's Schools for Children?

Schools for Children is a nonprofit education incubator that creates and manages great schools and educational services. Seaport Academy was created by and is currently managed by Schools for Children. Read more about Schools for Children's unique history and mission.

What if I have more questions?

We know choosing an out-of-district placement school can be confusing for families, too—please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you through this process. Email us!

Learn More

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