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The Academic Resource Center is pleased to partner with The Massachusetts Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative (MAICEI). This program provides support to high school students aged 18-22 with intellectual disabilities so that they can participate in the MassArt college experience. MAICEI@MassArt students enroll in one class each semester, attend a weekly seminar led by Peer Mentors, and participate in extracurricular activities at MassArt and the Colleges of The Fenway.

To be eligible for MAICEI@MassArt, students must meet one of the following criteria:

  1. A current high school student, age 18-22, who has not passed and/or not likely to achieve the competency determination necessary for graduation by passing the MCAS exam due to the severe nature of the intellectual disability, and is eligible for special education services as documented through an Individualized Education Program (IEP); or, 
  2. A current high school student, age 20-21, who has passed the MCAS, but is still eligible for special education with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) because of significant functional disabilities, transition needs, etc.

Eligible students interested in taking part in MAICEI@MassArtI are encouraged to discuss their options with their school district. To be considered for the program students must complete an application, which includes a digital portfolio, and interview with the MAICEI@MassArt coordinator. The student’s school district will provide an educational coach, who will accompany the student to class and assist with the transition process. Students participating in MAICEI must also:

  • Possess an official Massachusetts ID or valid passport)
  • Have a general sense of safety
  • Able to follow a schedule
  • Ability to use technology (i.e.: computer, laptop, ipad)
  • Attend classes, including during district vacations

Once accepted, the MAICEI@MassArt Coordinator will work with each student to select classes that match their interests and goals. Most students begin by taking Studio Foundation classes, but can eventually choose classes in Liberal Arts and other departments.

For more information, please contact Amante Coppes, MAICEI@MassArt Coordinator at