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Cottage Hill Academy


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Program Snapshot

Cottage Hill Academy provides a comprehensive range of residential, educational, and therapeutic services for adolescents, on a unique and beautiful campus in North Central MA. Services are tailored to the individual needs of each client, and range from long-term residential care coupled with a comprehensive middle or high school curriculum, to short-term placements with supportive educational services, and a Therapeutic Day school for children living in the community.

The experienced staff at Cottage Hill is committed to providing outstanding care in a trauma-sensitive environment, recognizing the vital importance of including the client’s family, other treating agencies, educational advocates and caseworkers in their treatment plans. In fact, the campus includes a separate residence which can house visiting families or caregivers traveling from a distance, or for therapeutic family sessions and activities during a client’s stay at Cottage Hill.

Residential clients and day students have access to a comprehensive Medical Department, staffed by nurses and offering 24-hour triage in person or by phone as appropriate. Health, nutrition, and physical education are a vital component in each Cottage Hill Academy program, and the campus also includes a full gym, rock-climbing wall, walking trails, and a certified Adventure Challenge Experience (ACE) ropes course.  

The Cottage Hill Campus

The Cottage Hill campus includes three comfortable and spacious residential cottages designed to provide a home-like setting for the clients in our care. Each cottage includes private bedrooms, full kitchens, therapeutic meeting rooms, recreational spaces and common areas.

Our school and treatment center includes smaller yet fully modern classrooms designed to meet the individual needs of each student, along with a science lab, culinary arts room, pottery/art studio, computer lab, library and media center, and full service cafeteria. The expansive building also includes private therapy space, meeting rooms, and staff offices.
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Our Clients at a Glance

Cottage Hill Academy serves adolescents and teens in the following categories/programs:


Making a Referral

Cottage Hill Academy welcomes referrals from child welfare provider agencies and caseworkers, school administrators, families, and caregivers.

For short term residential placements, (CBAT and TCU), our Central Intake Unit manages the referral and can answer any questions you may have about the admissions process -- including necessary screenings, forms, and insurance benefits and eligibility. The team is committed to ensuring that every referral to Cottage Hill is made in the most timely and welcoming manner possible.

Please call the Central Intake Unit at 508- 849-5640, ext. 2. to initiate a CBAT or TCU referral.

For long-term placements (Residential Treatment, 1:3 Group Home, or Therapeutic Day Academy), our Director of Residences will assist you in arranging an interview and campus tour for the prospective client. After this visit, the Cottage Hill management team will review the client’s history and application, and a decision will typically be made on placement within 24-48 hours.


Please call Director of Education and Day Treatment Services Sara Vettese at 978-652-1167 to initiate a Residential Treatment Program, 1:3 Group Home,  or Therapeutic Day Academy referral.