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Welcome to Learning Prep School


The Distinctive Mission of Learning Prep School is to provide a comprehensive educational program for students with language-based learning disabilities, focusing on the development of essential skills, core competencies, social pragmatics, social-emotional well-being, and personal integrity.

What Makes Learning Prep School Distinctive

  • 50 years of successfully delivering an excellent educational language-based program for all students
  • Culture of mutual trust and respect
  • Highly competent, confident, and dedicated staff
  • Targeted instruction for complex learning profiles
  • Individual counseling for each student
  • Individualized speech and occupational therapy program
  • Experiential learning program and placement for each senior
  • Transition program preparing each student for post-secondary opportunities

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Don't miss our next virtual speaker series event, coming up Wednesday, January 25 from 6:00 - 7:15 p.m., featuring Dr. Natalie Noonan:

Don't miss our next virtual speaker series event, coming up Wednesday, January 25 from 6:00 - 7:15 p.m., featuring Dr. Natalie Noonan:

Autism Diagnosis in the Context of Neuropsyhological Evaluation: What to Expect from a Thorough Evaluation and Interpreting Results. 

Children on the Autism spectrum often have complex neurodevelopmental profiles. This may include a wide range of strengths and weaknesses, as well as additional diagnoses such as ADHD or Learning Disabilities. A comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation is an important step in characterizing each child’s unique neurodiversity so their environment is optimized for them, and intervention can be individualized.

Student Spotlight: Tessa Brauer, 8th Grade

Tesfanesh “Tessa” Brauer is a 14 year old 8th grader at Learning Prep. Tessa joined our school community in August of 2019 and travels from her hometown of Holliston to West Newton every day.  

Tessa is not just a great student, she has a deep love for the performing arts. Tessa is a multi-talented performer: she has participated in the LPS Drama Club, takes singing lessons, and has been taking dance lessons since the age of 6. This year, Tessa performed in her Dance Company’s performance of the Nutcracker.  

Student Spotlight: Emmy Cawthorne, 7th Grade

Emmerson “Emmy” Cawthorne is a 13 year old 7th grader at Learning Prep. Emmy joined our school community in August 2021 and travels from her hometown of Winchester to West Newton every day. Emmy is very friendly and creative and she loves baking.

Emmy has a variety of extracurricular activities that she pursues outside of school. In addition to participating in LPS drama last year, she acted in plays as a student in Winchester elementary school, including Giants in the Sky and Horton Hears a Who. She is currently in a community program called Spotlight where she will be in an upcoming performance of Annie. Emmy is also an ice skater and a cheerleader! In addition to cheering her brothers on at their weekend hockey games, she was part of a cheerleading squad for the Winchester/Woburn Pop Warner Football team. 

Student Spotlight: PJ Pothier, 10th Grade

Peter “PJ” Pothier is a 15 and a half year old tenth grader at Learning Prep. PJ joined our school community during the Summer of 2021 after attending the Wolf School in Rhode Island for middle school. PJ travels from his hometown of Pembroke to West Newton every day. In the classroom at LPS, he is focused, hard-working, and conscientious

PJ is not just a great student - he is also a student athlete. When PJ was 11, he ran his first 5K in Scituate, and a love of competitive running was born. Since that time, PJ has been a member of the Wolf School Cross Country team, and this year, he joined the Pembroke High School Cross Country team. 

Student Spotlight: Joey Murphy, 9th Grade

Joey Murphy is a 14 and a half year old 9th grader at Learning Prep who recently joined our school community in January of 2022. Joey travels from his hometown of Hudson to West Newton every day, but he doesn’t mind the commute, because, as he put it: “I’m in the right school that’s going to help me read better and help me with my dyslexia better than my public school did.” One of Joey’s passions is his involvement in the Boy Scouts. Joey entered the Boy Scouts when he was in the 7th grade and instantly felt he “had joined a family” that was passionate about the same things that he holds dear to his heart; being in nature, respecting wildlife, and being part of a community that represents a cause and mission that “is bigger than me.”

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