DESE Full Approval

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DESE Full Approval

Clearway is  pleased to announce that the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has found that our programs (day & summer)  are in substantial compliance with the selected Mid-cycle Review criteria as well as any new state or federal special education requirements enacted since the last Program Review. Clearway and the entire staff have been congratulated for their efforts in implementing all necessary improvements. Clearway  has received an updated status of “Full Approval.” This approval shall remain in effect for three (3) years and will be contingent upon continued compliance with all regulations contained within 603 CMR 28.00 “Special Education Regulations” and 603 CMR 18.00 “Program And Safety Standards For Approved Public Or Private Day And Residential Special Education School Programs.”

Students and Staff volunteer at Bristol Lodge

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Clearway School’ s students and staff prepared and served dinner to over 80 people at the Bristol Lodge in Waltham, MA.  In addition, the service learning class collected 378 pairs of men’s socks. Congratulations to students, families and staff, the service project was a great success!

Clearway continues to add to its range of classes

Clearway recognizes that our students need sparks to their academic interests. Clearway offers electives in a wide range of content including music, art, drama, service learning, and outdoor activities. Budding musicians can try selections such as video scoring, intro to guitar, instrumental performance, and digital music. For drama, students can explore physical theater, the art of acting, theater performance, and technical theater. Artists can study silkscreen, drawing, collage, and water-color. Students interested in technology can try python programming and Minecraft Architecture. Hopefully, students will learn about their own interests as well as the interests of their peers in our elective program. Please click on the elective list to see the full array of activities.

Elective List September 2014

40th Anniversary Celebration

Thursday, May 14, 2015
Stonehurst: The Paine Estate

Waltham, MA

On May 14, 2015, the Clearway School celebrated its 40th anniversary with a party at Stonehurst, the Paine Estate, in Waltham.  Over 150 people attended this festive event on a lovely spring evening to celebrate Clearway’s founding in 1975. Attendees included many alumni from Clearway and their families, as well as current students, faculty, staff, and supporters from the area. The celebration was also a fundraiser, and many guests participated in a silent auction to benefit the school. Money raised from the event will support Clearway’s technology initiative, among other projects.

At the event, Peter Rosen, Co-Director of Clearway, spoke about the school’s history and current success as an educational resource for students from many towns in the state. When Clearway started there were just a few students, currently there are 36, keeping the school small, with an average class student teacher ratio of 5:1 has always been a hallmark of Clearway.

Chairperson of the Clearway School Board, Juanita Lorenz, also addressed the attendees, describing the current state of the school and thanking Clearway for the support it offered to her family. Ms. Lorenz’s son was a student at Clearway and is now a full-time college student.

A highlight of the event was an emotional and very personal presentation by Jacob Waxman, an alumni of Clearway. Jacob described his transformation from an extremely shy student at Clearway, where he was encouraged to make steady progress toward gaining confidence and ease in social and academic situations. Now, Jacob is a writer and actor, and he spoke with eloquence and humor about how his Clearway experience was transformative.

State Representative Kay Kahn, and a representative from Newton’s Mayor, Setti Warren, were present to give commendation to Clearway and mark the 40th anniversary.

Awards and recognition were given to Lauren Lele, Director of Volunteers at Newton Wellesley Hospital for her ongoing support of Clearway, and to Dr. Lynne Uhl for her long service on the Clearway Board. In addition a special award was given to members of the Clearway staff,  Vin D’Aleo, Roberta Paul, Kerry Dougherty, and Mary Ryan for their combined service of 100 years.

Jacob Waxman

Jacob Waxman, Alumnus

Peter Rosen

Peter Rosen, Co-Director