About Us

The New Hampshire Private Special Education Association is a diverse group of private schools and programs serving students with a broad range of abilities. We formed our association in 1981 to:

  • foster partnerships between private special education providers, parents/guardians, school districts, and agencies
  • facilitate excellence in programming
  • enhance effective communication

The individual and collective expertise of the member schools is comprehensive and represents a continuum of highly specialized services and intensive interventions. We are proud to offer all of these services to the students of New Hampshire.


Private Schools Build on Spring Remote Learning Experiences to Serve Students with Special Needs

Nashua region – Nashua Children’s Home and RSEC Academy

Seacoast region – Birchtree Center, Learning Skills Academy, and Monarch School. A version of this article appeared in Seacoastonline.

Merrimack County – NFI North and Spaulding Academy & Family Services

September 2020


Chairperson: Shelly Fagen, MIT

Chair Elect:  Brooke Zimmer, M.Ed.

Treasurer:  Joanne Burdett Dion, M.Ed.

Secretary: Tobias Iselin, M.Ed.

Member Schools and Programs

Associate Members

Updated 12/8/20