• Welcome to the ACTT program at The Hildreth School!


                                         Dedicated ACTT Team





    The MPS ACTT Program

    85 Sawin Street

    Marlborough, MA 01752

    (508) 460-3505, ext. 5209



    ACTT families: Please see the Electronics Policy


    The ACTT (Academic Center for Therapeutic Teaching) Program is an alternative high school dedicated to the intellectual, social, behavioral and physical development of each student within a diverse community.


    ACTT serves students whose needs cannot be met in the traditional school setting. Program services are designed to meet the needs of the students through educational, clinical and behavioral components. Teachers differentiate instruction within the classroom, adapting Massachusetts Frameworks as necessary to allow students to progress at their own pace.


    The ability to function in classes is further enhanced by small-group instruction and behavior modification programs. The clinical component offers regular individual and group counseling with an aggressive approach toward involving families. The ACTT staff work together with each student to develop monthly goals. Supports are put in place to help students reach their goals. ACTT students also participate in vocational skills training to help prepare them for life after high school.


    The ACTT Program serves students ages 14-22, with a staff-to-student ratio of 1:4. The school year calendar is the same as Marlborough High School's calendar.


    Location and Facilities: The ACTT Program is located in The Hildreth School, 85 Sawin Street, where it has been located for 15 years. Students attending the ACTT Program have access to spacious classrooms equipped with smart boards, a computer lab, an art room, a learning center, a gymnasium, and a cafeteria.


    Admissions Procedure: Students whose needs can be better met by a small, structured and therapeutic program are referred to the ACTT Program. The program director sets up an interview and tour. The director reviews the student record to ensure the appropriateness of the placement. If appropriate, an intake meeting is scheduled.


    Philosophy: The ACTT Program is part of an accredited, alternative public high school that serves students who require a nontraditional school setting and benefit from flexible scheduling, a small structured learning environment with behavioral modification programs, and ongoing support. Students who cannot reach their optimal potential in a typical school setting have shown to be more successful when the environment can provide maximum support. The ACTT Program offers students a supportive community while encouraging social, emotional and academic development in a safe and caring alternative environment.