Falls Academy


Program Description

A unique, academy based program for both classified and non-classified students in grades 7 and 8 who are academically proficient but are challenged by prolonged social/emotional dysregulation that impacts their ability to fully access their academics and/or attend school. The program provides a predictable, therapeutic learning environment with an academically rigorous curriculum so that students are able to acquire the skills necessary for both academic and social success.

Academics utilizing best practices to meet the individual needs of each student

  • Academic instruction and support aligned with common core standards
  • Differentiated instruction along with enrichment opportunities delivered in a small class environment
  • Additional support provided in a resource room setting as needed
  • Project-based learning approach

An environment fostering social and emotional growth

  • Research-based therapeutic approach incorporated daily in all settings
  • Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
  • Counseling services and supports provided by highly qualified clinicians using best practices
  • Emphasis on the development of self-regulation, coping strategies, cognitive restructuring, relaxation techniques and collaborative problem solving skills

Student Profile

  • Students exhibit social and/or emotional issues that interfere with their success and progress in a mainstream setting
  • Students tend to be fragile and may exhibit anxiety, school phobia and/or difficulty with self-regulation
  • Students are able to attend and participate in a middle school academic program
  • Students are willing to attend a self-contained program (classes, lunch, physical education, etc.)
  • Students demonstrate an investment in wanting to be part of the program including participation in counseling

Program Offerings

  • New York State, dually certified teachers
  • High staff-to-student ratio
  • Rigorous academic core courses
  • Research-based therapeutic approach (DBT)
  • Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
  • On-going collaboration and communication with families and outside providers
  • Integration of instructional technology (computers, smartboards, software)

Now accepting applications for January 2016


For information, please contact:

Shelley Fleischmann
Director of Special Education
sfleischmann@pnwboces.org
(914) 248-2351