Meet JRI's Service Navigator

Our Navigator personally answers questions and talks with you about resources that may be available in the community to meet your individualized needs. If you have any questions about our programs or services, or aren't sure what you need, contact our Service Navigator, Rachel Arruda, and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

Rachel has been a part of the JRI team since January, 2000. For over 20 years, Rachel has been working in the field of human services assisting families with accessing and navigating services. Rachel received her Bachelors degree in psychology and Masters Degree in Public Administration from Bridgewater State University. She was promoted in July 2005 to Family Networks Program Director where she closely worked with the Department of Children Families for 10 years ensuring that children and families received the highest quality of individualized services ranging from community based through residential care. Rachel is very dedicated to helping the individuals she works with and is committed to improving the lives of children and families. Rachel’s passion for creative service programming inspires her in her role as JRI Service Navigator.

Day Schools

The JRI day schools are leaders in academic excellence, providing quality education in a supportive, therapeutic environment to a wide range of middle and high school students. Our students are capable learners, whose emotional, social, or individual learning styles may complicate their schooling and make traditional public school feel overwhelming. The schools provide integrated clinical, academic, and transitional services that enable students to reach their full academic and social potential, and that prepare them for post-high school success.  

Engaging curriculum is provided by highly qualified, dedicated teachers and aligns fully with the Common Core. A full range of core and elective classes is offered, with a focus on STEM, art, and vocational exploration. State-of-the-art technology resources are integrated to support student learning and executive-function development. At each campus, a team of professional clinicians works seamlessly with students, families, and teachers to support individualized skill development and student goals. Transition specialists provide one-on-one and group activities to support college and job exploration.

Fully approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, JRI day schools operate year-round and have rolling enrollment; students are referred throughout the year by the special education department of the school district in which they live. Referrals for private pay families are also accepted.

These services might be right for you if
Your middle or high school aged child/student has social/emotional issues that complicate their schooling.
Traditional public school has felt overwhelming, or has not been effective in supporting your child/student’s needs.
Your child/student benefits from individualized supports and planning.

Granite Academy

Located in Braintree, Mass., Granite Academy is a dynamic day school for middle and high school-aged students who have social/emotional challenges that complicate their learning. Fully approved by the DESE, Granite is recognized for providing flexible, individualized programming and being completely dedicated to meeting the needs of its students, families, and the public school systems.

 

The Victor School

At The Victor School, an exceptional education and specialized therapeutic attention go hand in hand. Our students are intellectually gifted and have social/emotional challenges that have been underserved in previous school settings. Our unique program allows students to continue their college-preparatory education within a supportive environment in which they can learn, grow, and succeed.

Anchor Academy

Anchor Academy, located in Middleboro, Mass., is a special education, therapeutic day school that serves middle and high school-aged students. The environment at Anchor provides both educational excellence as well as social and emotional supports for its students. Our school staff is committed to providing a transformational learning experience for students who need alternative pathways for success.

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