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Elizabeth Russell

Cotting School is a day school for students ages 3-22 who may have moderate to severe learning disabilities or multiple physical challenges, with moderate to severe communication needs "requiring adaptive equipment and alternative communication systems", or students with complex medical conditions "requiring medical support services and closely monitored classroom settings," and students with "post-traumatic injuries requiring a rehabilitative setting.

The students at Cotting School are offered individualized academic, prevocational and vocational skills, which include working in the "Cotting Café," as well as other service projects. Visual, creative and industrial arts, home economics and music courses are part of the curriculum.

Extracurricular activities for students include: the Drama club, photography, chess club, winter sports, and Chinese cooking. Students are involved in the Yearbook, school magazine, dances, yoga, ski trips and student concerts.

The Physical education program at Cotting is adapted for each individual student and includes several activities including basketball, golf, track & field, softball and jazzercise.

The campus also encompasses "Hope House", a post-graduate transitional residence, as well as "The Mary Perry House", which houses "the Intensive Services Program, for the youngest students with the most serious challenges."


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