The McCarton School
The McCarton School. At its inception in 2002, the McCarton Foundation’s first and longest supported program was the McCarton School. Utilizing Dr. McCarton’s Integrative Methodology developed at the McCarton Center, the McCarton School was the first school to have a 1:1 student-to-teacher ratio with dedicated speech and language therapists and occupational therapists in each classroom. The school educates children ages 3-21, includes a homebased component, and integrates ABA, speech, and occupational therapies in addition to educational studies. In 2008 the McCarton Foundation led a successful campaign for a new building that could accommodate the growing number of students and staff. This enabled the school to move to their current home, a 30,000 square-foot facility in Chelsea. Over the years the McCarton Foundation continued to enhance the school, launching the Adapted Physical Education program as well as an Arts and Music program taught by people with autism. Rebranded as the Keswell School in 2015, the program continues to be a gold standard in autism education.
In 2008, Dr. McCarton launched the Children’s Academy, New York City’s only multidisciplinary kindergarten through 12th grade nonprofit day school for children with speech and language delays with dedicated licensed Speech & Language Pathologists in every classroom. The low student-to-teacher ratio offers a unique learning environment where Dr. McCarton’s Integrative Methodology is used in conjunction with traditional, grade-appropriate curriculum. The McCarton Foundation continues to fundraise for Children’s Academy, continuing to increase charitable donations by nearly 100% annually. In 2016 the Foundation launched a buddy program with the Collegiate School, pairing children from its programs, including Children’s Academy, with typically developing peers from Collegiate.