Essex Academy Lower School

Essex Academy Lower School provides students with individual academic and therapeutic support services during the school day, with the ultimate goal of the student attaining a sufficient degree of behavioral and emotional health and coping skills to allow a return to his/her community school.

It was created in order to provide social and emotional programming for students in pre-k through grade 8. Its goal is to improve the quality of life for students through explicit instruction of social and coping skills, all while maintaining high expectations for academic instruction. For continued care, family and district involvement is encouraged and training is provided when applicable. Students’ behaviors are acknowledged as a ‘message of needs.’

The curriculum offers a small, structured academic and therapeutic environment for students who are currently unable to make progress in the regular school setting because of their social/emotional needs. Its curriculum utilizes Ready! Common Core and i-Ready online diagnostic and benchmarking curriculum. Staff members work to ensure that students do not feel that maladaptive communication is the only outlet for them. Furthermore, students engage in behavioral skills training to develop functional communication skills for getting their needs met and making meaningful relationships with adults and peers. Students also learn to identify feelings, emotions, and coping skills through clinical support and an environment that fosters risk taking through trust and relationship building. Individual and group counseling is available to all students on a daily basis, as needed.


Students Served

  • Early childhood, elementary and middle school-aged children

Contact Information

Jill Graham, Director of Program
P: 978.685.3000 x1501

All staff members can be reached via email with initial of first name and full last
School Hours: 9:15 AM -3:15 PM / After School Hours: Mon-Thurs. 3:15 PM – 5:15 PM

9 Branch Street / Methuen, MA 

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