Robert F. Kennedy Lancaster School is a state-approved special education school for youth in our long-term residential program on our Lancaster campus as well as off-campus students for day and after-school programs.

Youth who attend the day program have had many problems adjusting to regular school and need the support, attention and patience of experienced staff at Robert F. Kennedy School. The program strives to move each youth toward his or her grade level, promote healthy relationships with peers and staff, and instill educational and social confidence.

Robert F. Kennedy Lancaster School is an integrated program that includes education combined with therapeutic, recreational and social services. Specific services include:

  • Academics: Structured classes, low student to staff ratio providing for individual instruction by licensed teachers with programming designed to meet the individual needs of each student. Classes are small and individuality is encouraged and maintained for each student. Social skills curriculum for all students including a Student Council where students are encouraged to advocate for themselves and fellow students.
  • Clinical Services: Full-time clinicians provide a range of support services that include individual and group therapy, family counseling, behavior modification, crisis intervention, and case management.
  • Experiential Education: Educational program has various outdoor programs incorporated into the curriculum including: kayaking, rock climbing, rappelling, caving, bouldering, adventure course on site and the OWL Program (Outdoor Wilderness Leadership).
  • Intramural Sports: Three season sport program (soccer, basketball and softball) where RFK plays similar school programs in the area.
  • Approved Day School Program: Serving students ages 6-18 and provides low student to staff ratio (3:1). Emphasis on developing skills necessary to return to their home school and be successful members of their community.

Community Connections

  • Real life job skills training to help prepare students for a meaningful job within the community, including classes in the culinary arts and janitorial and a work study program in partnership with the Bolton Police and Fire Departments.
  • Meaningful engagement opportunities for community leaders to make an impact through classroom visits and special activities such as Community Reading Day.


Valerie Paen, Principal