Established in 1975

Education That Empowers

Here at CAPS Collaborative, students of all abilities reach their true potential every day.

How It Works

About CAPS Collaborative

Established in 1975, local communities have relied on us to fill educational gaps that require unique attention such as serving students who are medically fragile, deaf and hard of hearing, and those who are faced with social, emotional, communication, neurological, sensory, academic, and behavioral challenges. In addition to educational programs for students, special education professionals look to CAPS for quality professional development opportunities and professional services for hire.

Life at CAPS

At CAPS your student will receive unmatched care, attention, and individualized instruction from highly specialized professionals known for their sensitivity and expertise. Through daily therapeutic services integrated into the curriculum, students establish habits, routines and skills that reach beyond the classroom.

Most CAPS programs are integrated into local public school systems, giving your student a comfortable and safe environment to learn and apply academic, life and social skills while also participating in activities with their peers. Students who need regular medical attention will be cared for and monitored by our compassionate on-site nursing staff.

The Gateway School is based at our main building in Westminster, MA. Here, students learn in collaborative classrooms where they participate in carefully planned and supervised activities.  While each student receives services based on their unique personality, strengths and needs, all CAPS students benefit from learning in a class environment where other students with
compatible skills, needs, learning styles and behavior are with them.

Current Member Districts

CAPS welcomes students from across Massachusetts and is governed by a Board of Directors representing our 11 Member School Districts covering these towns: Athol, Ashburnham, Barre, Fitchburg, Gardner, Hardwick, Hubbardston, Leominster, New Salem, Orange, Petersham, Phillipston, Templeton, Wendell, and Winchendon.

Read a message from our Executive Director to learn how CAPS is transforming lives and is excited to help your student meet their fullest potential. We welcome you to contact us for more information about joining the CAPS family or becoming a member district.


CAPS Collaborative will work in partnership with districts to provide programs and services of the highest quality.


CAPS will be the provider of choice for regional programs and services.


  • To commit every aspect of the organization to providing exceptional educational opportunities for students.
  • To demonstrate quality and responsiveness by becoming the first choice of districts for programs and services.
  • To be a customer-focused organization that constantly evaluates district needs.
  • To integrate quality, integrity, respect, and teamwork into every aspect of the organization.
  • To demonstrate accountability through constantly evaluating results and progress towards goals.
  • To implement programs and services in the most cost-effective manner and to exercise due diligence in financial decision making.
  • We will work in partnership with districts to ensure that students transition to the least restrictive environment in their home school district.