Middle School Programs

The LABBB Middle School Programs are located within the following three LABBB communities: Belmont, Bedford and Arlington. Most students attending our Middle schools will have the opportunity to participate in a Best Buddies or PALS program with typical peers and can choose to be involved in LABBB’s expansive afterschool recreation program. We also provide our Middle School students opportunities in art, music, and theater through various platforms. LABBB has partnered with Amplifi, an adaptive music school located in Burlington, to allow our students access to classes and curriculum implemented by an adaptive music educator.

Donna Goodell - Program Director
LABBB Collaborative, Burlington High School
123 Cambridge Street
Burlington, MA 01803
Tel: 781-273-7056
e-mail:

Chenery Middle School, Belmont, MA

Grade: 5-8

Population: Students with mild to moderate intellectual and or neurological disorders

The educational focus is based on the development of academic skills, social competencies, and pragmatic language development. The program focuses on the development of student independence, both socially and academically. Students have access to inclusion for specials and elective courses with the support of a LABBB staff. Inclusion for content courses is considered where students can meet the academic expectations in the general education setting. Academic content within the LABBB classroom is based on the Massachusetts Standards and is modified and specially designed to meet the individual needs of the students. The classroom utilizes rule-based reading and writing programs, graphic organizers and writing templates to address the needs of executive functioning and organizational deficits. The program provides speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, counseling services, and behavior consultation from a BCBA as indicated on each student’s IEP. Some students in this classroom take the standardized MCAS with accommodations, while others participate in the MCAS Alternate Portfolio.


Chenery Middle School, Belmont, MA

Grade: 5-8

Population: Students who have autism spectrum disorders, intellectual and/or health impairments

This program provides specially designed instruction to students with moderate to severe special needs with a focus on life applications. The curriculum is aligned with the state standards with significant modifications to address entry points and application to independent living skills. In addition to the general curriculum, this class provides access to adaptive physical education, community skills, and a weekly meal preparation class. Emphasis on the development of social, communication, and behavior skills are thread throughout daily classroom activities. Some students may also participate in inclusion in art class. The program provides speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, counseling services, and behavior consultation from a BCBA.

Chenery Middle School, Belmont, MA

Grade: 5-8

Population: Students who have autism spectrum disorders, intellectual and/or health impairments

This program provides specially designed guided instruction created to address individual academic, social, emotional, and behavior needs. There is a strong emphasis on visual supports throughout classroom activities and lessons which are provided in both small groups and individual instruction. Social and communication skills are embedded into the curriculum and emphasized throughout daily activities. The curriculum is aligned with the state standards with significant modifications to address entry and access points and application to independent living skills. In addition to the general curriculum, this class provides access to adaptive physical education, community skills, and a weekly meal preparation class. Students in this program typically meet the qualifications to participate in the MCAS Alternate portfolio. The program provides speech and language, occupational, physical therapy, and behavior consultation by a BCBA.



John Glenn Middle School, Bedford, MA

Grade: 6-8

Population: Students with specific learning disabilities, high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), mild to moderate social and emotional disorders, and anxiety disorders. Students who struggle with social pragmatics, executive functioning and other neuro-cognitive challenges may also benefit from this program.

This program has a strong focus on the development of academic skills, social-emotional learning competencies, and pragmatic language development. The program fosters independence across academic settings (subseparate and inclusion), personal responsibility and social awareness in order to prepare for high school and beyond. Students may participate in inclusion classes for content area academic subjects, electives (academic and nonacademic), and extracurricular activities. Students take the standardized MCAS with accommodations. For students who require social-emotional support, individual counseling is available as well as teacher-led groups that address social-emotional competencies. Our specialists teach using an integrated model for speech, occupational therapy (including activities of daily living) and physical therapy.



Ottoson Middle School, Arlington, MA

Grade: 6-8

Population: Students who have autism spectrum disorders, significant cognitive challenges, and require ongoing behavioral support

Specially designed instruction is given to address the individual academic, social, emotional, and behavioral needs of students. The curriculum focuses on functional academics and is based upon the principles of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)/Verbal Behavior Therapy. Instruction is highly individualized and is delivered 1:1 or in small groups. Emphasis is placed on generalizing acquired skills into social settings and the community. Social and communication skills are an embedded part of the curriculum throughout the school day. Classroom activities focus on developing student independence in life skills as well as skills that transfer to job related tasks. The team includes speech/language, occupational, and physical therapies and consultation from a BCBA. Students participate in a Best Buddies program initiated and developed by student at Ottoson Middle School.



Grade: 6-8

Population: Students experiencing global delays, neurological impairments and/ or significant medical challenges

This program is designed for students who require intensive specialized instruction with highly specialized services to accommodate each individual, i.e., Nurse, Behaviorist, Orientation and Mobility Therapist, Vision Therapist, etc. Classroom teacher and specialists incorporate communication, motor, vision, hearing, cognition, and mobility throughout all aspects of the school day. Specialized teaching methods are used such as PECS, Communication Devices and Assistive Technology devices. Students participate in a Best Buddies program initiated and developed by students at Ottoson Middle School.



Grade: 6-8

Population: Students who are experiencing social/emotional and behavioral challenges

This classroom at Ottoson Middle School provides an academic setting with therapeutic supports for students who are performing at or close to grade level academically and require more structure and adult support to acquire the skills necessary to transition into a general education classroom. The curriculum is aligned with the general education classroom and modifications and accommodations are assessed and implemented on an individual basis. Opportunities for inclusion are available and implemented as the students are ready to meaningfully participate. A team of specialists include a counselor, BCBA, speech and language pathologist and occupational therapist. These staff work closely together to help students find the tools and strategies that help them self-regulate, learn to use their language to communicate effectively with others, and engage in academic curriculum.