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To support the health and safety of Dearborn STEP students, parents, guardians and staff and in accordance with Gov. Charlie Baker’s executive order, the program will reopen on May 4, 2020. Learn more. During the school closure, we are still accepting referrals. 


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Dearborn STEP assessment: Developing individual gifts.

“All human beings are born with unique gifts. The healthy functioning of our community depends on its capacity to develop each gift.” —Peter Senge

Dearborn STEP (Short Term Educational Placement), part of Schools for Children, is located in Newton, Mass. The program provides a comprehensive clinical, therapeutic assessment for students in Grades 5-12 for up to 40 school days. STEP provides high-quality stabilization for students who have had difficulty in their previous school setting. It is an example of our commitment to ensure that children with learning differences or other mental challenges are able to get the supports they need to be successful.


Dearborn STEP is now located in Newton, Mass.


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