Children in the Discovery program present with complex health needs and/or multiple disabilities and are supported in their learning by strong teams of teachers, paraprofessionals, nurses, and occupational, physical and speech therapists.

Overview of Discovery

The Discovery Program, comprised of five to seven classrooms, supports students with significant global delays and often complex health challenges. Goals for students in Discovery classrooms are to acquire and strengthen developmental, motor, language, and self-efficacy skills to increase access to academics and life skills.

Instructional strategies and teaching materials, including assistive technology, are highly individualized for each student. Communication devices and pictures, standers and walkers, switches and “reachers” are among the many items that students access when learning and interacting.

Most students in the Discovery program receive direct, one to one services provided by Speech and Language, Occupational, and Physical Therapists, in addition to health services and monitoring by Nurses. Teachers, Therapists, Nurses, and Paraprofessionals work side-by-side to integrate mobility, positioning, communication, focusing, and grasping into all aspects of students’ activities.

Discovery Program Highlights

Ages & Grades

The Discovery program accommodates individuals ranging from ages 3 to 22, covering grades from Pre-Kindergarten to 12+ (Post Secondary).


The Discovery program focuses on the following disabilities: complex health issues, physical disabilities, intellectual impairment, and developmental disabilities.


All Discovery Classrooms are located at the Henry Owen School in Chelsea. For Pre-K to Elementary, the operating hours are from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, while Middle, High School, and Post-Secondary programs operate from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm.

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Food Service

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