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Cornerstones Day School
766 appoved year round



35 Mitchell Road
Ipswich, MA 01938
Phone: 978-356-9321
Fax: 978-356-9724
email: cornerstonesipswich@hes-inc.org


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Cornerstones Ipswich

Group Care Facility



  • Located in Ipswich

  • approved Day School on site
  • ages 6-12
  • 11 bed DMH contract
  • 2 per diem beds
  • Serves children with Psychiatric Diagnosis


General Information


Cornerstones, located in Ipswich, is a 13 bed co-ed group care facility that has a day school on site. We serve children ages 6-12 with moderate special needs and a psychiatric diagnosis. Most children who are admitted to Cornerstones attend the day school, however some children are bussed to their local school district. The goal for children is to receive the most appropriate treatment environment and educational experience as possible. Cornerstones embraces a holistic model of treatment to help with all areas that are compromising a child's social/emotional development.


Overview of Services


  • One year aftercare by outreach team

  • Home based family work
  • Attachment and trauma work
  • Individual therapy
  • Family therapy
  • North Star Adventure
  • Horseback Riding
  • Group work
  • Psychiatry on site
  • Full psychiatric assessment
  • Art
  • Expressive Yourself
  • Quarterly Review meetings with treatment team
  • Neuropsych testing and evaluation


Diagnostic Specialties


  • Bi-polar Disorder

  • Attachment Disorders
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactive disorder (ADHD)
  • Psychosis
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Abuse Reactive Behavior
  • Receptive & expressive language Disorders
  • Moderate Neurological Impairments



The Mission of the Cornerstones School is to serve the educational, developmental and rehabilitative needs of emotionally disturbed youths with special education needs in a safe, structured, relationship intensive setting that employs Multidisciplinary resources to help students and families learn, grow and heal.


The Treatment Philosophy at Cornerstones is built on several assumptions. The first is that all youths have talents, and the capacity to learn and build on their core strengths.


The second assumption is that all children need attachments to benevolent parent figures in order to feel safe, secure and loved. Ideally, this describes the parent-child bond. It is very difficult for a child to find a good reason to grow up and be well when the child feels alone and abandoned.


Thirdly, it takes a team of skilled and dedicated multi-disciplinary staff to assist emotionally disturbed children. Children learn from their relationships with adults, caregivers, and peers. The Cornerstones staff shapes relationships by providing children with specific corrective cognitive and emotional experiences. Remedial coaching gives students a second chance to master key developmental milestones.


A multi-disciplinary staff team formulates, executes and evaluates clinical treatment and education for each student. The staff is made up of therapists, certified teachers, psychiatric nurses, child psychiatrist, house counselors, speech and occupational therapists. Involved parents are also part of the treatment team and participate in planning and review meetings.


The program also recognizes the value of play and exposure to the world. Children enjoy community events and experiences just as they would if living at home. Horseback riding, outdoor games, art, music, groups, movies, carnivals, swimming and trips to shopping malls are all routinely scheduled events contributing to children's education and awareness.


The Cornerstones philosophy helps families by finding ways to instill hope in the minds of both children and their parents.


Family Work and Involvement


Behavior Management


Special Programming


Outreach and Aftercare




Please call Maria Wolters at 978-356-9321

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35 Mitchell Road
Ipswich, MA 01938
Phone: 978-356-9321
Fax: 978-356-9724
email: cornerstonesipswich@hes-inc.org

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