K-8 Program

Launched in 2012, Clarke's innovative K-8 Program offers a specialized Clarke program within a mainstream elementary school.

The program is located at the Leeds Elementary School in Northampton, MA. Clarke students are taught by masters-level Teachers of the Deaf, receive speech and language therapy and have access to on-site audiological support. Very small classroom sizes provide individualized attention, and classrooms are designed for the unique acoustical needs of children with hearing loss. Clarke’s curriculum is aligned with state and national standards, and families are actively involved in learning through frequent communication and classroom observations. By being located within a mainstream school, students are able to interact with hearing peers during lunch and activities. This gradual and controlled exposure to a mainstream setting helps prepare students for success in high school and beyond.

Students alternate between their own class time and shared time at lunch, recess, gym, art and music classes with their Leeds School peers. Students in older grades travel to nearby JFK Middle School to share similar activities with middle school students.

K-8 grad Andrew
Clarke K-8 graduate Andrew. Read his story in Clarke Speaks 2018-2019 magazine.

For more information or to request an admission packet, please contact our Program Information Office at 413.584.3450 or info@clarkeschools.org.