Who We Are

MDE School is a non-profit private special needs school that serves K – 12 students with developmental delays who cannot succeed in a traditional educational setting. We help special needs students reach their full potential by providing individualized education, enrichment, and life skills training in a nurturing environment.

MDE School employs highly skilled teachers with many years of experience working with children with Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, communication disorders, and learning differences. Our unique approach allows every student to grow academically, socially, and emotionally.

A Place to Grow Through Young Adulthood

MDE School takes the stress out of transitioning your child into adulthood. When MDE School students are ready, they can graduate to MDE Vocational Academy, located on our campus. MDE Vocational Academy serves young adults with special needs aged 16 – 22. The curriculum focuses on vocational, life, and social skills and offers a range of enrichment activities.

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MDE Preschool Coming in August of 2024

MDE School is proud to launch an inclusive preschool program in the fall of 2024. We will welcome special needs and neurotypical students aged two through four years old. The foundation of our program will be a low student-to-teacher ratio. We aim to develop a lifelong love of learning in our students and prepare them for a successful social and academic transition to kindergarten.

Why Choose MDE School?

What Makes MDE School a Special Place?

Watch an Interview With MDE School Executive Director Mindy Elkan.

Why Choose MDE School?

  • “Colin is happy! He is a very social guy and enjoys spending his school day with his friends and teachers at MDE. He progressed in reading and math this school year and he is excited to go to school each day. He loves MDE and so do we!”

     

    — MDE School Parent

  • “MDE School is the place for our son. It’s a safe haven in a system otherwise designed to let neurodivergent children fail.”

     

    — MDE School Parent

  • “As a former special education teacher, patience and tolerance are the most important key in the special education classroom. I can truly say that the staff so far has displayed these qualities, and because of that, as a parent, I’m excited to know that Samir’s is in a good place.”

     

    — MDE School Parent

  • “​I love MDE because I feel like the staff genuinely loves and appreciates Claire for who she is and works to bring out the best in her.”

     

    — MDE School Parent

  • “I love that Mindy and the whole staff are responsive to Alex’s needs and always address our concerns if we have any.”

     

    — MDE School Parent