About Washington Center

Washington Center is a separate school facility for students with severe/profound intellectual disabilities.  Students are served on two specifically designed campuses.  The younger children occupy a wing of Hollis Academy, renovated in 2011, with a capacity for 6 fully equipped classrooms.  Older students attend the Betty Spencer Drive location, built in 2005, where there are 18 classrooms, as well as kitchens, greenhouse, gym, and media center.  Additionally, at both locations there are therapy rooms, nurses' stations, administrative offices, multisensory suites and adapted playgrounds.

All students are served by classroom teachers as well as by instructors in the areas of Art, Music, PE, Daily Living, and Environmental Science.  The staff also includes para-professionals, nurses, and therapists (occupational, physical, and speech).

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Mission Statement

To address students’ individual needs through appropriately adapted learning experiences.

Shared Vision

To teach skills that will enable students to live as independently as possible and to enjoy learning and participating in family and community activities.


To provide a unique educational setting for students with severe intellectual disabilities who often must also deal with medical, sensory and /or orthopedic challenges.

Distinguishing Programs

  • Adapted Art, Vocal Music, and Physical Education

  • Animal-Assisted Therapy

  • Assistive Technology Lab

  • Assistive Technology Specialists

  • Community-Based Instruction

  • Computer-Assisted Learning

  • Daily Living/Transitional Skills

  • Adapted Environmental Science

  • Mobility Opportunities Via Education (M. O. V. E.)

  • Multi-Sensory Environment Rooms

  • Occupational Therapy

  • Parent Teacher Association

  • Physical Therapy

  • Registered and Licensed Nursing Staff

  • Speech Therapy

  • Vision and Hearing Services