Brandon School and Residential Treatment Center

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Brandon School & Residential Treatment Center
27 Winter St. Natick, MA


United States
Coordinates42°19′10″N 71°20′20″W / 42.3194°N 71.3388°W / 42.3194; -71.3388Coordinates: 42°19′10″N 71°20′20″W / 42.3194°N 71.3388°W / 42.3194; -71.3388
Other nameBRTC
PrincipalKaren McCarthy
Head teacherDavid Whitney
Executive DirectorRachel Barry, Ed. D.
Years taught2-12
Student to teacher ratio3:1

The Brandon School and Residential Treatment Center is a center that provides educational, emotional, and behavioral health services to boys and their families. Brandon has developed a Rapid Firesetting Treatment Program, Intensive Firesetting Treatment Program, and works with various partners to host an annual Juvenile Firesetting conference.[1] Students come to Brandon with a range of educational, emotional and behavioral difficulties and are provided with individualized treatment plans whilst achieving academic skills.

Northeast Juvenile Firesetting Conference[edit]

In collaboration with various public and private sector partners, Brandon hosts the annual Northeast Juvenile Firesetting Conference,[1] which brings together the different disciplines impacted by juvenile firesetting. During this time, social service, fire service, public safety, juvenile justice, education, burn care, and mental health professionals attend workshops by national experts to learn how to more effectively intervene in and prevent juvenile firesetting.


The Brandon campus is located in Natick, Massachusetts, which hosts walking paths, sports fields, gardens and a ropes course. On-site medical services include psychiatry, nursing and dentistry. Campus residences consist of four colonial style homes and one residential wing.

Off-campus are two community-based houses where some of the students of Brandon School attend public school and hold jobs in the community. Brandon's Campus


Brandon's refurbished gymnasium

Brandon residents participate in many pro-social, extracurricular activities, both indoor and outdoor, on and off campus.

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • Grant Recipient, The Marigold Charitable Trust, 2008-2009
  • Grant Recipient, TD Banknorth, 2008[2]
  • Grant Recipient, Make the Dash Count Foundation’s Wayland Youth Board, 2006, 2008[3]
  • Award Winner, Resiliency for Life Program, Framingham MA High School, 2003[4]



  • Flynn, Jennifer D. "Children Playing with Fire." National Fire Protection Association. Jan. 2009 <>