Cotting School

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Cotting School

United States
Coordinates42°25′12″N 71°14′15″W / 42.42000°N 71.23750°W / 42.42000; -71.23750Coordinates: 42°25′12″N 71°14′15″W / 42.42000°N 71.23750°W / 42.42000; -71.23750
TypeChapter 766 school
PresidentBridget Irish
Faculty70 - Over 75% have Master's degrees
Student to teacher ratio3:1
CampusSuburban, 13 acres
Color(s)Blue and gold
AthleticsCotting School Falcons

Cotting School is a private, non-profit school for children with special needs located in Lexington, Massachusetts, United States. It was founded in 1893 as the nation's first school for children with disabilities. Cotting’s preschool, lower, middle, and upper schools offer academic instruction focusing on a variety of skills and content areas, vocational assessment, and training. Therapies are integrated into classroom instruction as much as possible, and the staff fosters student independence at all times. A Family Support Coordinator works as an advocate for parents. Monthly Parent Advisory Committee meetings and the Cotting Family Community encourage active parent involvement, which promotes communication between families and the School. HOPEhouse is a transitional 5-day residential program opening in 2013 for up to ten young people ages 18–22 with physical and/or learning challenges who will benefit from social, educational, and vocational training.


Cotting School was founded in 1893 and was America's first day school for children with physical disabilities.[1][2][3] From its founding until its merger with the Krebs School in 1986,[4] Cotting School was located at 241 St. Botolph Street in Boston Massachusetts.[5] The school was founded by Drs. Edward H. Bradford and Augustus Thorndike, both orthopedic surgeons at Children's Hospital Boston and was originally called The Industrial School for Crippled and Deformed Children. The school was also known as the Industrial School for Crippled Children and Cotting School for Handicapped Children.

Superintendent/President Tenure Events / Bio
1. Mary M. Perry 1893–1919 First Superintendent/First permanent home for school, 241 St. Botolph Street, Boston, MA
2. Charles Belknap 1919–1923
3. Vernon Brackett 1923–1955
4. William Carmichael 1955–1984
5. Carl Mores 1984–2004 Krebs School merged into Cotting School and moved to 453 Concord Avenue, Lexington, MA
6. David W. Manzo 2004–present

Cotting School, A Pictorial History (ISBN 978-0738557656) was written by David Manzo and Elizabeth Campbell Peters and published by Arcadia Publishing (April 2, 2008).


The school offers the following services: special education, assistive technology, art, music, library/media, dental, vision, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, industrial arts, tutorial services, pre-vocational and vocational training. Cotting School is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and has full approval status from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.



Cotting School All School Photo


  1. ^ "When home is a positive place". The Boston Globe. 2005-11-20. Retrieved 2006-12-14.
  2. ^ Belkin, Douglas (2006-02-12). "More Than A Game". The Boston Globe Northwest. p. 1. Retrieved 2006-12-14.
  3. ^ Pryzant, Connie (1981-06-12). "Cotting School Grants Diplomas to 17 Seniors". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2006-12-14.
  4. ^ Elliott, Michael (1995-02-28). "Ida Krebs, 86, Founder of School For Learning-Disabled Children". New York Times.
  5. ^ Coons, Phyllis (1988-06-19). "Cotting School's Commencement Is Its Last To Be Held in Boston". The Boston Globe. p. B34. Retrieved 2006-12-14.