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Since 1975, NEC’s mission has been to support member districts by offering high quality, cost-effective school programs, consultation, professional development, support services and resources.

We aim to ensure that districts can provide successful learning experiences for all students, including those with complex or low-incidence special needs.


Founded in 1975, the Northshore Education Consortium was one of the first regional collaboratives in Massachusetts and is the largest provider of intensive special education services to children and youth with emotional, behavioral, and developmental disabilities on the North Shore.

In addition to special education programs, NEC runs the Northshore Recovery High School, for students who have struggled with substance abuse disorders, and provides a wide range of Training and Professional Development for parents, teachers, and other specialists from area school districts.