Why Next Step

Families choose Next Step because of our in-depth and comprehensive approach to preparing teens for college.

A Unique and Immersive Experience

What Makes Us Different

We offer sessions focused on building skills, engaging in problem-solving activities, and exploring a college campus. Our team has a vast amount of clinical and special education experience which sets them apart from other college prep programs. Our college excursions are truly unique with the level of immersion and freedom our participants have.

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In-depth & Comprehensive

We approach education and skill-building efforts with evidence-based methods, which are proven to work. This allows us to provide comprehensive coaching and instruction with a measurable difference.

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Experienced Team

Our team not only has a vast clinical background, but each member also works for The Baker Center’s special education school, Manville. That means they can meet participants where they’re at and adapt their coaching style to meet their individual needs.

The True College Experience

Our college excursions are some of the most in-depth you’ll find from a college prep program. From Day Sessions where participants explore a campus, to week-long Summer Sessions where participants get to sleep, eat, and live in a real dorm, we ensure teens know exactly what to expect from the college experience.

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Teaching Lasting Skills

The social self-advocacy, and executive functioning skills we teach are meant to last teens throughout their entire college experience and beyond. We want participants to walk away feeling confident in their ability to navigate every aspect of college.


  • Both. Some young adults participate in the summer to get acclimated to living away from home on a college campus, use it as a means of setting goals (e.g. what type of housing to request, what abilities can be worked on at home and during the final year(s) of high school), and to have a better understanding of what to look for in a college when they tour schools and apply.  Other participants use the summer program as a crash course in knowing what to expect, as they start their college orientation, a few weeks later.  We have also had students participate in multiple summers.

  • No. While the program is most convenient for those living in eastern Massachusetts, all (who are up for an early car ride) are welcome to join. For the summer, we’ve had participants from ME, NH, CT, NY, NJ, PA, MD, FL, IL, MN, LA, TX, AZ, and CA (as well as MA).