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List of the Best Private Special Needs Schools

  • Published: 2014-08-12 (Revised/Updated 2017-06-25) : Masters In Special Education (
  • Synopsis: List of the best U.S. private schools for special needs students based on educational offerings, student to faculty ratio, awards won, and extra-curricular activities
Special Education

Special needs education is the practice of educating students with special needs in a way that addresses their individual differences and needs. Ideally, this process involves the individually planned and systematically monitored arrangement of teaching procedures, adapted equipment and materials, accessible settings. These interventions are designed to help learners with special needs achieve a higher level of personal self-sufficiency and success in school and their community, than may be available if the student were only given access to a typical classroom education. Common special needs include learning disabilities, communication disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, physical disabilities, and developmental disabilities.

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Quote: "A list of this kind is both unique and necessary to families who are looking for a private school that will best serve the special needs of their children."

The website Masters In Special Education Program Guide has published a resource entitled 'The 50 Best Private Special Needs Schools in the United States,' including facilities from across the nation.

The website's editors selected the schools based on a focused methodology, including:

  • The schools' variety of educational offerings,
  • Low student-faculty ratio,
  • Awards won,
  • Unique extra-curricular activities, including sports, art, technology, or animal therapy.

Emme Stone, an editor on the project notes:

"A list of this kind is both unique and necessary to families who are looking for a private school that will best serve the special needs of their children. Additionally, teachers and school administrators who routinely recommend the most appropriate educational placement for all students depend upon thorough, accurate information about the availability and specializations of a wide range of private special needs schools. This list is a comprehensive starting point, and allows parents and educators to have as much information as possible at their fingertips. In compiling this list, we attempted to give our readers an overall profile of each school, from specialties, to demographics, to annual tuition."

Below is the complete ranking of 50 best private special needs school in the United States according to Masters In Special Education Program Guide:

1The Devereux Glenholme SchoolWashington, CT
2Little Keswick SchoolKeswick, VA
3Brehm Preparatory SchoolCarbondale, IL
4Triad Academy at Summit SchoolWinston-Salem, NC
5The Vanguard SchoolLake Wales, FL
6The Hill CenterDurham, NC
7New Leaf AcademyBend, OR
8Ann Arbor AcademyAnn Arbor, MI
9Oakland SchoolKeswick, VA
10Chartwell SchoolSeaside, CA
11The Woodhall SchoolBethlehem, CT
12The John Crosland SchoolCharlotte, NC
13Eagle Hill SchoolHardwick, MA
14Commonwealth AcademyAlexandria, VA
15Glenforest SchoolWest Columbia, SC
16Chelsea SchoolHyattsville, MD
17Noble AcademyGreensboro, NC
18Fortune AcademyIndianapolis, IN
19Denver AcademyDenver, CO
20The Howard SchoolAtlanta, GA
21The Fletcher SchoolCharlotte, NC
22Currey Ingram AcademyNashville, TN
23Humanex AcademyEnglewood, CO
24Riverview SchoolCape Cod, MA
25Great Lakes AcademyPlano, TX
26The Kingsbury CenterWashington, DC
27Carroll SchoolWaltham, MA and Lincoln, MA
28The Kildonan SchoolAmenia, NY
29Landmark SchoolPrides Crossing, MA
30The Greenwood SchoolPutney, VT
31The Cottage SchoolRoswell, GA
32The Gow SchoolSouth Wales, NY
33Oak Creek Ranch SchoolWest Sedona, AZ
34Camphill Special SchoolGlenmoore, PA
35Oxford AcademyWestbrook, CT
36The Lab SchoolWashington, DC
37The Phelps SchoolMalvern, PA
38Cumberland AcademySandy Springs, GA
39Oakwood SchoolAnnandale, VA
40The Schenck SchoolAtlanta, GA
41Forman SchoolLitchfield, CT
42Trident AcademyMt. Pleasant, SC
43Centreville SchoolCentreville, DE
44Miriam SchoolSt. Louis, MO
45The dePaul SchoolLouisville, KY
46The Summit SchoolEdgewater, MD
47Chamberlain International SchoolMiddleboro, MA
48The Siena SchoolSilver Spring, MD
49Monarch SchoolHouston, TX
50The Bedford SchoolFairburn, GA

For more information on the attributes and profiles of each selected school, and to view the accompanying images, please visit

Masters In Special Education is an education and career website dedicated to providing free online guidance for students and professionals looking to pursue a career working with students with special needs. The website ranks special education degree programs and offers expert advice on accredited programs by state, as well as professional associations and other occupational resources.

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