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Jewish Day School Services

In-School Student Services

At Gateways, we create possibility.

We believe that a Jewish day school education can be a reality for every child, regardless of academic and learning needs. We realize this vision by partnering with day schools across the Boston region to offer direct support services to meet students’ diverse learning needs.

Gateways’ therapists and learning professionals work with students individually and in groups both in and outside the classroom and collaborate with teachers and other educators to enrich classroom instruction and foster a school-wide culture that embraces differences.

Gateways works in direct partnership with your school, as part of your child’s educational team, to provide seamless support.

Discover the array of in-school therapies and behavioral and learning supports Gateways offers for students in Boston-region day schools.

Speech and Language Services

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Occupational Therapy Services

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Learning Specialist Services

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Behavioral Support and Consultation

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Gateways Therapists and Learning Specialists Can:

  • Incorporate school assignments and same-day social/behavioral situations into your child’s work
  • Modify curricula when necessary
  • Partner with your school to advocate for, interpret, and implement accommodations from an outside IEP or neuropsychological evaluation
  • Attend IEP meetings and recommend supplementary external service providers

Participating Schools

Gateways services are currently available in these Boston-area Jewish day schools:

  • Boston’s Jewish Community Day School (JCDS)
  • Gann Academy
  • Maimonides School
  • MetroWest Jewish Day School (MWJDS)
  • New England Hebrew Academy (NEHA)
  • Rashi School
  • Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston (SSDS)
  • Striar Hebrew Academy of Sharon (SHAS)
  • Torah Academy
  • Yeshiva Ohr Yisrael (YOY)

Other Partner and Professional Development Sites:

  • Epstein Hillel School
  • Bais Yaakov of Boston
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Enrollment and Financial Information for Day School Families

If you are interested in receiving Gateways services, contact the head of support services at your day school.

All billing and financial aid for day school services is managed through the student’s day school.

Gateways’ ongoing commitment to fundraise for financial aid makes funds available to schools to offer financial assistance to qualified families. Qualified families are those with demonstrated financial needs who access Gateways services for their children with documented disabilities and special needs.

Each school determines the details of billing and financial aid for its own population. As always, Gateways and the school work in partnership to determine and communicate recommendations for meeting a child’s specific learning needs.

If you have questions about whom to contact at your day school to learn more about Gateways’ services and fees or for information about Gateways’ Day School programs, email Director of Day School Programs Sharon Goldstein.

Day School Stories

Read stories and articles about students, parents, educators, and therapists involved in Gateways’ Day School Programs.

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Day School Professional Development

Help all of your students access the curriculum. Learn about the breadth of supports Gateways offers to educators at Jewish day schools in the Boston area and beyond.

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The Fred and Gilda Slifka Family Day School Inclusion Initiative

In 2018, The Alfred and Gilda Slifka Foundation has pledged a $5 million gift, to be distributed over a ten year period, to create The Fred and Gilda Slifka Family Day School Inclusion Initiative, a comprehensive inclusion initiative to be housed at MetroWest Jewish Day School in Framingham and Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston in Newton. This initiative enables the Jewish day school system in Greater Boston to accommodate an even broader array of learners and their families than has been previously possible, providing access for students with moderate to significant learning challenges.

The program’s fully inclusive philosophy strives to establish Jewish day school options where all students, including those with learning disabilities, succeed and flourish within the regular educational framework of school. Gateways is the project manager of the grant and assists the schools with consultation, PR, and recruitment. The Initiative is staffed by a team of experienced teachers, special educators, and allied educational service providers including speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and psychologists.

Components of the Initiative:

  • Students (5-7 at each site) who spend much of the school day in general education classrooms with support as needed from program staff.
  • An inclusion facilitator at each site.
  • Professional training for all teachers at the participating schools to incorporate them into the initiative’s overall plan and model.
  • Ancillary services staff (e.g. speech and language, occupational therapy, etc.) will provide services as needed on site.
  • A professional advisory board that consults to the schools each year.

Read About It:

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An article about the Slifka Initiative was recently featured in eJewish Philanthropy!