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List of the Best Private Special Needs Schools

  • Synopsis: Published: 2014-08-12 (Rev. 2017-06-25) - 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. For further information pertaining to this article contact: Masters In Special Education at
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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:

1 The Devereux Glenholme School Washington, CT
2 Little Keswick School Keswick, VA
3 Brehm Preparatory School Carbondale, IL
4 Triad Academy at Summit School Winston-Salem, NC
5 The Vanguard School Lake Wales, FL
6 The Hill Center Durham, NC
7 New Leaf Academy Bend, OR
8 Ann Arbor Academy Ann Arbor, MI
9 Oakland School Keswick, VA
10 Chartwell School Seaside, CA
11 The Woodhall School Bethlehem, CT
12 The John Crosland School Charlotte, NC
13 Eagle Hill School Hardwick, MA
14 Commonwealth Academy Alexandria, VA
15 Glenforest School West Columbia, SC
16 Chelsea School Hyattsville, MD
17 Noble Academy Greensboro, NC
18 Fortune Academy Indianapolis, IN
19 Denver Academy Denver, CO
20 The Howard School Atlanta, GA
21 The Fletcher School Charlotte, NC
22 Currey Ingram Academy Nashville, TN
23 Humanex Academy Englewood, CO
24 Riverview School Cape Cod, MA
25 Great Lakes Academy Plano, TX
26 The Kingsbury Center Washington, DC
27 Carroll School Waltham, MA and Lincoln, MA
28 The Kildonan School Amenia, NY
29 Landmark School Prides Crossing, MA
30 The Greenwood School Putney, VT
31 The Cottage School Roswell, GA
32 The Gow School South Wales, NY
33 Oak Creek Ranch School West Sedona, AZ
34 Camphill Special School Glenmoore, PA
35 Oxford Academy Westbrook, CT
36 The Lab School Washington, DC
37 The Phelps School Malvern, PA
38 Cumberland Academy Sandy Springs, GA
39 Oakwood School Annandale, VA
40 The Schenck School Atlanta, GA
41 Forman School Litchfield, CT
42 Trident Academy Mt. Pleasant, SC
43 Centreville School Centreville, DE
44 Miriam School St. Louis, MO
45 The dePaul School Louisville, KY
46 The Summit School Edgewater, MD
47 Chamberlain International School Middleboro, MA
48 The Siena School Silver Spring, MD
49 Monarch School Houston, TX
50 The Bedford School Fairburn, 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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