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Welcome to Clarke Northampton

Clarke’s first site, drawing families and thought leaders in the field of educating those who are deaf or hard of hearing since 1867.

Clarke Northampton

Clarke is committed to helping children reach their full potential.

Clarke Northampton is the founding location of the Clarke organization and home to our award-winning hearing clinic, the Clarke Hearing Center. An academic and creative hub of Massachusetts, the Northampton area is home to a range of expert education professionals and offers students access to numerous cultural attractions and learning opportunities.

Clarke Northampton

Clarke Northampton’s Programs and Services

Clarke Northampton’s continuum of services provides customized education and care to people with hearing loss, from newborns to seniors.

The service, education, support and compassion that we are receiving from Clarke gives us the belief that regardless of his hearing loss, our son will pursue his dreams and completely fulfill all of his potential.

- Clarke Northampton parent

We have a program to fit your needs...

Whether you want to maximize the early language development of your baby, find a supportive and personalized preschool class for your toddler, discover a small, customized classroom for your school-age student, or have your hearing aids serviced at our award-winning hearing clinic.

Birth to Age Three Program

Clarke Northampton’s early intervention professionals coach families in creating a language-rich environment within the culture of the home.

Preschool / Early Childhood Program

With classroom observation rooms, numerous school activities and workshops to enjoy at Clarke Northampton’s year-round preschool, families discover the benefits of learning and communicating as a family.

tVISIT Program

Since 2013, Clarke Northampton’s tVISIT (teleservices Virtual Intervention Services for Infants and Toddlers) Program has connected our speech-language pathologists and teachers of the deaf with families via videoconferencing, where and when they need us.

Inclusion Preschool Program

Clarke Northampton’s inclusive, year-round preschool classrooms bring together children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their peers with typical hearing for joyful learning and social development.

Educational Audiological Services

Clarke Northampton’s educational audiologist supports students in the mainstream to ensure they have optimal technology to provide access in all learning environments.

K-8 Program

In Clarke’s K-8 Program, students are taught by masters-level teachers of the deaf; receive speech and language therapy; and have access to on-site audiological support. All classes follow the Massachusetts curriculum and small class sizes provide individualized attention.

Clarke Buddies

The Clarke Buddies Program, for students who are deaf or hard of hearing ages 6 to 17, offers in-person weekend meet-ups where children share their experiences and participate in fun and engaging activities to promote confidence and advocacy skills, led by Clarke teachers of the deaf.

Support Groups

Clarke Northampton’s welcoming and expert staff helps families learn strategies to support language development through play, speech and listening activities and share experiences and questions with other families in a supportive environment.

Clarke Hearing Center

Clarke’s award-winning, community-based hearing clinic, trusted by patients in the Pioneer Valley since 1974.

Auditory, Speech and Language Services

Clarke Northampton’s speech-language pathologists and teachers work with students from preschool through high school, providing the listening and spoken language skills they need to succeed.

Master of Arts in Deaf Education

Clarke’s collaboration with Fontbonne University, an interdisciplinary master’s-level program incorporates best practices from deaf education, early childhood education, speech-language pathology and special education.

Audiology Services

The Clarke Hearing Center’s licensed professionals evaluate hearing loss; dispense hearing aids and other assistive devices; and provide audiological, patient-centered care to infants, children, adults and families.

Trainings & Workshops

Join us for educational and social opportunities where families learn strategies and build confidence to support their child’s learning and communication, while connecting with a variety of leading professionals and families. Professional development opportunities benefit collaborating service-providers through in-service opportunities and events.

Summer Services

Clarke Northampton offers many of its services, like Birth to Age Three, itinerant teaching and consulting, support groups and preschool classes, throughout the summer season.

Mainstream Services

Mainstream Services

Clarke’s Mainstream Services was established in Northampton in 1977, and has since grown to include a fleet of expert itinerant teachers of the deaf, speech-language services, transitional planning and more. Over the years we have partnered with hundreds of families to ease transitions and provide direct support.

Itinerant Teacher Services

Clarke Northampton’s team of teachers serves students in preschool through high school in both mainstream school settings and through virtual sessions.

Speech, Language Services

Clarke Northampton’s speech-language pathologists work with students from preschool through high school, developing the listening and spoken language skills they need to succeed socially and academically.

Educational Audiological Services

Clarke Northampton’s educational audiologist supports students in the mainstream to ensure they have optimal technology to provide access in all learning environments.

Transitional Planning Services

To ease transitions into mainstream school settings, a Clarke Northampton mainstream professional prepares the student and the staff of the school to receive the student.

Consulting Services

Experienced teachers of the deaf provide support and training to school professionals, families and students through a variety of personalized services which incorporate specific strategies to enhance each student’s communication and success.

Admission & Enrollment

We’re here to help you make an informed decision about your child’s education and communication.

You’ve researched our programs and services, and read about children and families who have found success at Clarke. You think Clarke could be the right place for your child. What happens next? Contact the school to learn more about our programs.

Contact us

Contact us at info@clarkeschools.org or 413.584.3450 to learn more about any of our programs.

Visit Clarke

We will arrange a safe visit for your family so you can meet Clarke professionals, tour our facilities, visit our classrooms and learn more about our programs and services.

How students are funded

Students at Clarke are typically placed here and funded in partnership with their hometown school districts. We will work with your child’s IEP team to determine placement and service decisions.

Clarke admits children who are deaf, hard of hearing and hearing, and provides services to our families regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability.
A high-quality, specialized education is within reach.

Contact us at info@clarkeschools.org or 413.584.3450 to learn more about any of our programs.

For Current Families

Quick Access to the Resources You Need

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Calendars

Classroom Blog

Some Clarke sites offer a private, password-protected blog for families of Clarke students, featuring photos, information about classroom lessons and more. Current families will be offered access to the blog at enrollment. For questions, contact your site directly.

Newsletter

Published bi-monthly, Clarke Connection keeps our community informed and connected with all things Clarke.

Contact Clarke Northampton

Voice: 413.584.3450

Fax: 413.587.0383

Jenny Sophis, Development Associate
Email: jsophis@clarkeschools.org

Our Stories

Joe

Joe is a fifth-grader in Clarke’s K-8 Program. He has profound bilateral hearing loss and uses bilateral cochlear implants to...

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Alex

Alex, who is profoundly deaf in both ears and wears digital hearing aids, attended Clarke’s preschool and elementary school programs...

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Aydanie

Aydanie began receiving services from Clarke as an infant and now attends a mainstream high school. He left a lasting impression...

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Our professionals are here to help.

Please contact any of our locations to learn more about Clarke’s broad array of programs and services.