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Application Deadline

Summer 2020 Applications for our Child and Teen virtual programs will be accepted through Sunday, June 21st. Spaces are limited and spots are filling up fast. Please scroll down for individual program details. 

How to Apply

Please refer to the following 3-step process below to complete your Application today.

New Participants must submit the following forms to complete their Application:

Program Interest Sheet
Application Form (General Application or Special Event)

New MGH Aspire Works Participants must submit the following forms to complete their Application:

Program Interest Sheet
Aspire Works General Application Form

Returning Participants must submit the following forms to complete their Application:

Program Interest Sheet
Returning Participant Application

Step 1: Download applicable forms here:
Application forms can now be filled out and submitted electronically using a desktop or laptop computer. All PDF forms must be viewed and submitted using Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you are having trouble submitting the PDF files, please download Acrobat Reader here.

Program Interest Sheet - Summer 2020 (PDF)
Returning Participant Application (PDF)
General Application - age 17 and under (PDF)
General Application - age 18 and up (PDF)
Aspire Works General Application (PDF)
Aspire Works Supplemental Info (PDF)
Special Event Application (PDF)
Career Counseling Application (PDF)
Parent Coaching Application (PDF)
Financial Aid Application (PDF)
Release of Information (PDF)

Step 2. Include new information or documentation:

Provide relevant recent information, such as a neuropsychological report, IEP or other evaluations; an updated resume (for the internship program); or any supporting financial documentation for financial aid applications if MGH Aspire does not already have it on file.

Step 3. Submit application forms:

Sign and date all forms and submit with a $75 application fee (new applicants only) by the application deadline to:

MGH Aspire
1 Maguire Road
Lexington, MA 02421

Phone: 781-860-1900 Fax: 781-860-1920
mghaspire@partners.org

What to expect during the MGH Aspire application process:

Our MGH Aspire "3S" model focuses on teaching skills within a group of well-matched peers in an environment that is conducive to learning and developing socially. After the completed application materials are received, potential candidates will be scheduled for an interview session to assess if they are an appropriate match for our programs. The factors we consider in developing our peer groups are age, interests, communication style, and level of self-awareness. During the applicants’ interview session, we may request to meet separately with parents to provide more information about our programs and learn about your goals for your child at MGH Aspire.

Aspire intake interview sessions only take place in our Lexington office.

Attendance Policy

The success of the group and of each participant is dependent upon all members attending as many sessions as possible. We expect that participants will make a commitment to the group. In case of an unavoidable absence, please let your group leader know with as much notice as possible. No refunds are given due to absences unless related to extensive medical conditions.

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, participants/families will be notified via email by noon whether the group/session will be held on that day. Participants/families may also call the MGH Aspire office at 781-860-1900 after 12pm.

Child Schedule

Virtual Summer 2020 - “3S” Cyber Summer
Application deadline: June 21st 
July 6th - August 14th

MGH Aspire is excited to offer our virtual “3S” Cyber Summer program to child participants ages 5-13. In small, peer-matched cohorts, participants will develop connections and grow together during this engaging six-week program. Groups will meet online daily with their dedicated staff member(s) and participate in structured content blocks emphasizing MGH Aspire’s “3S” curriculum, supporting participants to build skills in the areas of Stress management, Social competency and Self-awareness. Other activity blocks will include STEM, Mindfulness, visual arts, movement and nature. Staff and Curriculum Specialists will facilitate engaging projects to foster connectivity, self-expression and self-esteem throughout the session. View content block descriptions here.

Juniors “3S” Cyber Summer (ages 5 - 7)
Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm (alternating content blocks and breaks)
Tuition: $2695
view sample schedule here

“3S” Cyber Summer (ages 7 - 13)
Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 1:45 pm (alternating content blocks and breaks)
Tuition: $2950
view sample schedule here

Trailblazers “3S” Cyber Summer (ages 12-13)
Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 1:45 pm (alternating content blocks and breaks)
Tuition: $2950
view sample schedule here

Teen and Adult Schedule

Virtual Summer 2020 - Explorations and Transitions
Application deadline: June 21st

July 6th - August 7th
Monday - Friday 9:30am - 1:30 pm
Tuition: $2950

MGH Aspire is offering a new virtual summer program for teen and adult participants ages 14-22. Utilizing digital applications, participants will develop independent living skills, build peer connections, and enjoy virtual field trips and social gatherings during this engaging online five-week program. Using MGH Aspire’s peer matching process, participants will be placed in small groups based on interests, personalities, learning styles, strengths, and goals. Program curriculum is based on MGH Aspire’s “3S” model, emphasizing development in self-awareness, stress management, and social competency. The program will primarily take place on Discord, an app that allows for text, image, voice and video chat.

MGH Aspire Works Schedule

Virtual Summer 2020 - MGH Aspire Works Institute
Session 1: Work Readiness Series (June 15th – July 10th)
Application deadline:  June 8th
Session 2: Job Search Series (July 13th – August 7th)
Application deadline:  July 6th 
Tuition:  $850 per session

MGH Aspire Works is offering a new virtual summer program designed to prepare neurodiverse adults for the workforce. Based on MGH Aspire’s “3S” curriculum model, all coursework is designed to help neurodiverse participants build social competency skills, learn to manage stress, and increase their self-awareness. Developing these essential skills is vital to adapting to a virtual work environment. At the end of the summer, MGH Aspire Works participants will be empowered to work effectively in both the virtual space and in-person office settings.

How to Pay

Application Fee

If this is the first time that you are submitting an application to an MGH Aspire program, or if you have not participated in a program within a school year, a $75 application fee is required.

Payment Options

To pay by check, please mail to 1 Maguire Road, Lexington, MA 02421. To pay by credit card, please call 781-860-1900. Application fees, program deposits and program tuition are non-refundable. Call or email mghaspire@partners.org with questions.

Payment Due

Payment is due upon receipt of acceptance. Participant’s spot will be held for 2 weeks. Payment in full is required before the start of group. Payment plans are available upon request.

Group Discounts

  • Multi-Group Discount - 10% discount for any single participant taking two or more groups concurrently.
  • Sibling Discount - 10% discount for two or more siblings participating in MGH Aspire groups concurrently.

Financial Aid Support

We are grateful that generous donors have provided us with funding to support families in substantial financial need.

Submittal of a financial aid application does not guarantee support. Financial aid support is awarded based on multiple criteria including family income, family assets, size of family, etc. Financial aid support is designed to make school year groups and summer programming available to participants regardless of economic status. Families must have up to date financial aid documentation on file to receive support.

Applicants Over 18

If the applicant lives with a parent/legal guardian, we require that both the participant and the parents/legal guardians provide financial documentation; otherwise, the financial aid application will be considered incomplete. If the applicant does not live with a parent/guardian, MGH Aspire staff will need to understand the nature of the financial relationship of the parent and child. Please specify any financial or material support (e.g., below-market rent, groceries, utilities payments, tuition support, monthly cash support) that the applicant receives from family or others under the “additional consideration” section.

Returning Applicants

A new financial aid application must be submitted each year. We may require updated tax information after April 15th to make a final determination for financial aid requests if you are applying for one of our summer programs.

Insurance

Please be aware that MGH Aspire offers multidisciplinary interventions and methods that do not fit standard medical procedure codes; therefore, our services are not reimbursable by medical insurers.

District Pay

If your child requires MGH Aspire programming either to make progress during the school year, or to maintain progress made during the school year over the summer, AND your school system does not have a program that adequately addresses that need, you may be entitled to district funding. Please contact your school administrator to see if your situation would qualify. If your school district is funding your child, please provide an official communication (email from school or on school letterhead) stating their intent to pay. School districts do not receive financial aid.