Students at Hillcrest attend school 12 months a year, including a 7 week summer program. All Hillcrest students receive academic and related services that are highly individualized and focused on academic, social, and behavior skills acquisition. Classrooms are led by special education teachers certified in either moderate of severe disabilities. Both the Highpoint and Brookside programs provide instruction in school buildings on campus where their therapeutic psycho-educational classrooms focus on Hillcrest Educational Centers’ “Skills for Life” therapeutic/educational model which is based upon the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) approach. Students at the Hillcrest Center campus attend school at the nearby Hillcrest Academy which, in addition to psycho-educational classrooms, provides classrooms specifically devoted to educating children on the Autism Spectrum utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis for academic growth and behavior management. Regardless of program, all educational staff are dedicated to fostering a safe academic environment, allowing each student to reach their highest potential.

Residential Programming
Some of our students require a residential setting, where they live 24/7, 365 days a year until their time at Hillcrest comes to an end. Hillcrest Educational Centers provides quality residential care for children and adolescents with serious emotional and/or developmental challenges. Serving youth on three residential campuses, each with a distinct population, we ensure our students receive an intensive therapeutic experience in a safe, trauma-informed setting. Utilizing a variety of evidence-based practices, students who have suffered past trauma and/or school failure will learn new skills that will help replace high-risk behaviors with self-regulation and safe decision-making, resulting in improved relationships and academic success.
Day Programming

Our day program at Hillcrest Academy serves students ages 6-22 in our surrounding communities who haven’t succeeded in their public schools due to emotional, behavioral and/or developmental challenges. Just like our residential students, our day students learn in a safe, trauma-informed environment with a high staff to student ratio. Teachers, clinical staff, and direct-care staff work together to help the students learn and practice new, safe behaviors and leave behind the high-risk behaviors, with the goal of transitioning back to their home school district.

Do you have questions about whether a residential or day program setting is right for your child? Please contact our admissions director, Ted Gidarakos at (413) 499-7924 x150.

ASD Residential
A Hillcrest residential program offering hope for children and adolescents with the most challenging difficulties associated with Autism.

Brookside ITU
Strives to break the debilitating cycle of multiple failed placements and repeated hospitalizations experienced by our students.

Highpoint Campus
Located in Lenox, MA in a rural setting on 24 beautiful acres, surrounded by land preserved by the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

Hillcrest Academy
Hillcrest Educational Centers’ therapeutic day school, providing comprehensive educational and clinical behavior support services.