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Special Communities
The Department supports a range of special communities including special needs students and gifted & talented youth.

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Adult Basic Education
Adult Basic Education provides instruction and services for under-educated and limited English proficient adults. Family Literacy enables people of all ages to improve their learning skills. The HSE Office serves the needs of the adult population in need of a high school credential.

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Alternative Learning Options
There are a number of alternative learning options to provide students with the opportunity to receive an education most suitable to their needs and goals, including: Alternative Education, Career/Vocation Technical Education, Charter Schools, GED programs, Educational Collaboratives, private SPED placement, and school choice.

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Students & Families
A wealth of support services enhance and expand the academic environment. Family and community involvement, health programs, scholarships, and tutoring can aid and empower students in and out of the classroom.

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Choosing a School: A Parent's Guide to Educational Choices in Massachusetts
Most children attend school in the school district in which they live, but parents may choose to enroll children in public schools outside of their home district. These choices include the inter-district school choice program, charter schools, vocational technical schools, Metco, the Massachusetts Virtual Academy, and the Massachusetts Academy of Math & Science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).

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