A school delivering a language-based program for students grades 5-12 with complex profiles.


  • 24 May 2018 5:14 PM | Anonymous

    Learning Prep School has recently been selected as a 2018-2019 National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) School of Excellence. This distinction has been bestowed upon select qualified licensed private special education schools.

    Selection as a NASET School of Excellence is the highest level of recognition a private special education school can achieve through our professional association. This honor is presented to private special education schools that meet rigorous professional criteria and have demonstrated truly exceptional dedication, commitment and achievement in the field of special education.

  • 14 May 2018 1:54 PM | Anonymous

    Ben Maricle ’10 has always had a passion for movies.  At age three, he saw The Lion King™ and a lifetime interest in movies and movie making took root.  Today, Ben produces a weekly local cable channel movie review show called Where Hollywood is Taken Seriously in which he gives his take on some of Tinsel town’s latest productions.  Now at age 27 and with over 150 online reviews under his belt, Ben is hitting his stride and has the hardware to prove it.  In 2016 he received a Telly Award for his work - no small achievement, particularly for a non-professional.  It is described as “the premier award honoring the finest film and video productions, groundbreaking web commercials, videos and films, and outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs from around the world.”  Not bad for a part-time hobbyist whose principal job is working with the elderly residents at an assisted living facility in North Attleboro.

    I met with Ben at his home in Mansfield on one of his days off.  He had attended the Alumni Reception last July where we agreed to talk further.  An alumnus of Massasoit Community College, he is articulate and thoughtful and a congenial host.  We chatted easily in his living room as I sipped on a can of cold ginger ale that was waiting for me when I arrived.  From the outset it was clear that Ben harbors an undisguised love for movies.

    “I’m ten minutes from a theater, so I try to see two a week,” he explains.  What kind of movies does he like, I ask?  “I review all genres, focusing on the directing, acting, writing and Computer Generated Imagery (CGI).  ” Ben chooses his movies from The Hollywood Reporter and then begins writing his review for his weekly filming at the Mansfield Cable Access Corp., where he began volunteering in 2013. Previous to that, Ben had been experimenting with his idea on his computer at home using iMovie.  “Each review that I do includes five movie stills downloaded from Google Images.  If it’s a post-Oscar special, I can use more,” Ben explains. “The images appear on the screen behind me as I read my script off the teleprompter.”

    The weekly routine that makes this all possible is clearly more than a discipline; it’s a labor of love, as evidenced by the time involved.  It only takes ten minutes to film, but the bulk of the time is in creating the script.  “It’s 20 to 25 minutes to choose the images, but it’s four to five hours for me to write the review before Margie does her editing.”  

    Ben gives a serious nod to LPS, where he developed his love for writing.  He is also clear about his gratitude for the help he receives from his friends at the studio, crediting Mansfield Cable Access staff members and mentors, Jack and Maureen O’Neill and Margie Begin.  All have helped in their own way, Margie with script editing, Jack with filming and directing the videos, and Maureen for her many hours of helping Ben, who doesn’t drive, with transportation.  “I bring the script and photos and they do the rest.”  The finished product is then broadcast on the Mansfield cable channel before being downloaded as an MP4 file to YouTube and Facebook.

       Any thoughts about future ambitions, I asked?  With his love of Hollywood, Ben did not rule out taking a stab at writing a book of fiction; a horror story, perhaps, in the spirit of his muse, Stephen King.  As we wrapped up our conversation, the final question was still hanging out there.  What would this movie aficionado and enthusiast consider to be the greatest movie ever made?  For Ben, the original 1977 Stars Wars was the hands down winner and undisputed champion.  And, if he had a choice, the Hollywood personality he would most like to meet?  The die-hard Star Wars fan and historian answered without hesitation: George Lucas.  Of course.


  • 09 May 2018 8:50 AM | Anonymous

    On Monday, May 7, Legislators came to visit Learning Prep, to learn more about our program and see classes in action! 

    Pictured left to right: Dave Morrissette, LPS Chief Financial Officer; Gretchen Petersen, LPS Chief Operating Officer; Lisamarie Sears, Aide to Senator Cynthia Creem; Dimitry Gednev, Aide to Representative Ruth Balser; Ted Sharp, LPS Chief Executive Officer, Representative Alice Peisch; Representative Kim Ferguson; Representative Hannah Kane.

  • 27 Apr 2018 4:13 PM | Anonymous

    With their student as guides, parents roamed the hallways Thursday night, visiting teachers, reviewing portfolios and hearing and seeing first-hand about how learning takes place at LPS.  “So much of our communication happens by phone, email and text,” commented one parent, “so it’s always fun to be able meet teachers and counselors face-to-face.” Many of the visitors were siblings who had the chance to see LPS, in some cases for the first time.  With many parents coming directly from work, dinner was provided in the cafeteria where families could talk between visiting classes.  The weather was dry and warm and families conversed outside as they travelled between buildings, acknowledging that, at least for the night, Spring had finally arrived.

    Administrators Greeted guests 

    Parents had a chance to review student work.

          The Hamawys visit a science class

  • 27 Apr 2018 3:03 PM | Anonymous

    It began over April vacation, but by the end of the first week back the campus had a new look. The front of the High School received a facelift with a new walk and landscaping, bringing flowers and color just in time for spring.  With a new Belgian Block border, the front of the E/MS now has an attractive display of Azaleas, accented by a blanket of red bark mulch.  Landscaping additions also include Dwarf Dogwoods, Hydrangea, Yews, and assorted perennials and annuals soon to be planted.

    The April vacation also saw the addition of new LED lighting throughout the school, resulting in considerable cost savings. New flooring and other maintenance upgrades were also achieved while faculty and students were away.

  • 17 Apr 2018 5:44 PM | Anonymous

    You could see it in their faces, as thousands streamed by the LPS water station on Comm. Ave. Pain and fatigue mixed with grim determination as runners strove to validate the months of training for the world’s most difficult marathon in the most horrendous race conditions imaginable.

    “This was the hardest thing I have ever done,” Amy confided by text after the race. In past races she has always stopped at the tent for a few moments to thank people for coming out to watch. This year she paused only long enough to hand her water soaked gloves to E/MS student, Julia Mantville, and continue the race, hands numb, and desperate to finish and end the misery.

    Claudine Nicholas, no stranger to marathons and the stress of long distance running, said afterward, “in all my years of running, I have never been so cold!” Hampered by problems with her running gear, she finished the race just seconds before they turned off the timing clock at the finish line. Officials later added 10 minutes to the clock so more runners, who had struggled through the unimaginable head winds, could be recorded as having officially finished the race.

    Despite the conditions, LPS was not without its stalwart supporters. Alumni parent and former trustee, Charlie Breslin, and daughters Caroline and Julia ’17 kept vigil. Joining them were E/MS Dean, Susan Smith-Powers and parents Brian and Nicole Mantville with daughter Julia.

    As John Hancock charity runners for LPS, both Amy and Claudine have earned the gratitude of a grateful school for their extraordinary investment of time, effort and sacrifice to raise funds for our students and programs. They truly are the definition of commitment.

    Charlie, Julia and Caroline Breslin

    The Mantvilles brave the Marathon elements 

    The Great Deluge of the 2018 Boston Marathon 

    Definately a day for swans . . .

  • 15 Apr 2018 3:25 PM | Anonymous

    LPS runners“Life is a marathon,” students were told as the entire school assembled to celebrate Amy Davis and her Texas running mate, Claudine Nicholas. Running in her fourth marathon for LPS and her 13th overall, Amy has raised over $50,000 for the school as a charity runner for LPS through the John Hancock Non Profit Program. Claudine, whose mother is from Boston, has family members with learning challenges and has set a fundraising goal of $15,000. “I consider it a great privilege to run for Learning Prep,” she said. Claudine has experienced many physical challenges of her own and shared with the students her message of hope through hard work and mental toughness.

    (Runners Claudine Nicholas and Amy Davis received a Raucous LPS send off from students, faculty)

  • 15 Apr 2018 3:00 PM | Anonymous
    The competitive juices were flowing at this year’s second LPS Blue Green Spirit Day as teams squared off in a school-wide scavenger hunt. Team pride was everywhere in evidence as teammates cheered on each other in their search for hidden items. Using clues, teams needed to find items in both the High School and the E/MS, record them by taking a photo with an iPad and, when all 25 items were located, compile them into a Power Point presentation and submit the file electronically. Clearly, not all learning takes place just in just the classroom as students demonstrated technical skills, social skills, cooperation and camaraderie in friendly competition during a morning capped off with ice cream and good cheer.


  • 15 Dec 2017 1:18 PM | Anonymous

    It is with pride and enthusiasm that we announce the appointment of our very own Gretchen Petersen, to the position of Chief Operating Officer. With a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Social Work, Gretchen is also a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (L.I.C.S.W.) as well as D.E.S.E. certified as an Adjustment Counselor and Special Education Administrator.  

    Gretchen brings over 19 years of experience at Learning Prep School. She began as a counselor while job coaching and teaching career education. Most recently, she has served in administration as a Health Class and Counseling Supervisor, High School Program Coordinator, and Work Study and Transitional Guidance Supervisor.

    Gretchen has thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the Learning Prep environment and community and she embraces this new leadership opportunity to further develop and monitor Learning Prep’s policies and practices that promote a safe and innovative learning environment for our students.

    Please join us in congratulating Gretchen on her new appointment to this senior leadership position!

  • 15 Sep 2017 1:40 PM | Anonymous

    Thanks to an anonymous gift from an LPS family, the High School is now equipped with a new Maker Space & Robotics Lab! This remarkable new facility includes a touch screen Smart Board, two 3-D printers and a 20” X 12” laser cutter that can cut, design and etch using a variety of materials. The gift has also provided funds for enhancing our existing robotics program and additional storage space. Located on the main floor of the High School, the Maker Space and Robotics Lab contains a flexible wall that can allow two classes to work simultaneously, maximizing access to our students.

    “A maker space gives students the technological tools to unleash creativity and problem-solving skills, while practicing the executive functioning (planning) required to bring ideas into reality,” explained David Lightfoot, Executive Director. “It will also provide an effective framework for collaborative projects, helping students to build social skills, foster teamwork and develop confidence in use of future technology.”

    This is the 21st century version of the classic "shop class" (without power tools), is a continuation of our technology initiatives. The goal will be to create opportunities for students to explore and apply curriculum content in an environment designed for project-based, hands-on learning.

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