The Central Massachusetts Collaborative (CMC)

The Central Massachusetts Collaborative, an approved public school entity through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, was founded in 1975 by our member districts, Webster Public Schools and Worcester Public Schools. It continues to be governed by a Board of Directors who ensures that its purpose of providing educational, clinical, and therapeutic services to children in grades Kindergarten through 12, of public school districts in Central Massachusetts is upheld. We employ more than 185 full-time dedicated employees and serve over 500 students, from both member and nonmember districts.

Programs Available

Central MA Prep

Central MA Prep (CMP) is dedicated to educating students in grades 7 and 8 with emotional and behavioral disorders and preparing them for the social and academic expectations of high school through the provision of a positive and predictable environment.

CMC Central MA Academy

Central MA Academy is a facility that provides educational and therapeutic services for students in sixth through twelfth grade. This highly structured program has a maximum population of 80 special education students with serious emotional and behavioral issues.

Hartwell Learning Center (HLC Special) & Assessment Center at Hartwell (ACH)

The Hartwell Learning Center (HLC) is a public, highly structured, therapeutic day school with small classroom size, low student to staff ratios, and a school-wide positive therapeutic behavior system.

Robert H. Goddard Academy

The programs of the Robert H. Goddard Academy (RGA) meet the emotional, social, academic and post- secondary challenges of our diverse student population.

Rockdale Recovery High School

Recovery High Schools are four year, non-traditional public high schools that serve approximately 30-50 students who have been diagnosed with a substance abuse or dependence disorder. Students must be willing to commit to a program of recovery as a condition of admission.