Monarch School of New England
PO Box 1921
Rochester, NH 03867
Diane Bessey, Executive Director
At the Monarch School of New England (MSNE), our work begins with a simple, but powerful premise: that every student has potential, and every student can learn.
MSNE serves students ages 5-22 who experience significant physical, medical and developmental disabilities, including: autism, behavioral, developmental-delay, vision impairment, intellectual disabilities, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairments, speech-language impairments, specific learning disabilities, and traumatic brain injury.
Rooted in the belief that each child deserves an environment in which they can flourish, MSNE creates educational plans based on the individual needs and capabilities of each student – their abilities, not their disabilities. Helping support every student to learn, and to reach their greatest potential.
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MSNE’s two campuses are located in Rochester, NH. The Foss Campus is MSNE’s elementary / middle school, serving students in grades K-8. The Williams Campus is MSNE’s High School & Vocational Center, serving students in grades 9-12+.
The facilities available at MSNE include: vocational training center, nature trail, accessible playground, green house and therapeutic garden spaces, assistive technology / adaptive equipment, library, and computer lab. Additionally, MSNE views the local community as an extension of the classroom, frequently incorporating community integration experiences into the school day.
Referrals are made from school districts to the Directors of Education.
MSNE offers two primary services. The Day Program (students attend MSNE for an indefinite period of time – in addition to receiving an education, they also receive related services as outlined in their IEP, including: behavioral therapy, speech/language therapy, physical and occupational therapy), and Collaborative Team (consultative support services provided on a case-by-case basis, to support students and their school teams, in the home school district).
As part of MSNE’s day program, students participate in academic, life skills, and vocational instruction. Therapy services support access to the curriculum, and help students to develop independence to the greatest degree possible. MSNE believes services are more effectively provided through an integrated, collaborative approach, which includes a vast array of innovative, traditional and non-traditional programs. This requires consistent collaboration and teamwork with parents, school and community stakeholders.
For over forty years, MSNE has provided unlimited possibilities for students with special needs. MSNE presumes potential within each student, while providing academic & life skill education with high expectations. The school utilizes a creative, collaborative, and multi-disciplinary approach to help reduce barriers and make learning accessible for our students to be actively engaged in educational and lifelong community pursuits.
Students at MSNE are valued for their abilities. Students are seen for what they can do, rather than what they cannot.
Updated February 13, 2023