Cedarcrest School

Cedarcrest Center for Children with Disabilities
91 Maple Ave
Keene, NH 03431
Michael O’Hara, M.Ed., Director of Special Education
Phone: 603.358.3384
Fax: 603.358.6485

Population Served:

Children with complex medical and developmental needs. Educational disabilities served include: multiple disabilities, developmental delay, intellectual disabilities, other health impaired, orthopedic impaired, deafness, hearing impairment, visual impairment, deaf/blindness, and TBI.

On-site school serves residents and day students grades PreK to 12.

School Profile:



Approved grades:

3-21. Education Program: PreK-12 (Residents infant to 21) Residents under 3 participate in an Infant/Toddler Program.

Number of days open: 

Residential: 24 hrs-365 days/year, School Program: 240 days/year


Residential and day education programs



Location and Facilities:

Cedarcrest Center is in the northwestern part of Keene just off Route 12 and is readily accessible to the Cheshire Medical Center and downtown Keene. Spacious classrooms include mechanical lifts, swings, computer access and positioning and mobility equipment. An onsite adapted playground and a variety of community activities are readily available to students.

Admissions Procedures:

Inquiries are welcome from families, school districts, area agencies, physicians, hospitals, and home health providers. Formal referral from school district required. Pre-admission screening and application process assures appropriateness of referral and placement.

Programs and Services:

The Special Education program for day and residential students integrates Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy services into our Special Education curriculum in a full day year round year program. Access to the general curriculum is a key part of the program. Nursing support is available throughout the school day. Residential students participate in evening and weekend recreation programming. Diplomas are not granted. Cedarcrest Center also offers both short term and extended residential medical care and a variety of training opportunities for providers.

Additional Information:

A variety of field trips and community integration activities are made available to children including community school programs, music and arts activities, library, and enrichment activities.

History and Philosophy:

Cedarcrest Center for Children with Disabilities has offered children with complex medical and developmental needs a residential option for more than 70 years. The Cedarcrest School offers a Day Education option for children from surrounding communities.