Local School Building Programs
For some students the right fit can be found by combining the small, structured classes offered at our P/NW BOCES campus with the activities and opportunities found in local school buildings. For this reason, we offer varied programs located in select component school districts. The students in these programs may have varied needs. These 12:1:1 ratio programs are staffed by P/NW BOCES special educators, and enable students to participate in the life of a local school building and have supported opportunities to attend mainstream classes for art, gym, music or their core subjects. Students also have the opportunity to participate in school activities and events with support.
The CLASS (Collaboration, Language, Academics and Social Skills) program supports special education students with language-based disabilities as well as those on the Autism spectrum. This program utilizes a TEACHH structure as well as a collaborative planning and teaching model between a Special Educator and a Speech/Language Therapist to enhance receptive, expressive and pragmatic language skill development. Related services of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy are also provided per the student’s IEP. These Kindergarten through 12th grade classes are located in the Somers School District on the Primrose Elementary School/Somers High School campus and the Somers Intermediate School/Somers Middle School campus. High School students in this program also have the opportunity to participate in our Tech Center programs starting in 10th grade.
Learning Center Programs:
The Learning Center program supports special education students with a variety of social, emotional, behavioral and learning needs. This program offers a supported curriculum based on the NYSED Common Core Learning Standards in conjunction with therapeutic social and emotional support. All students in the program receive weekly counseling services, both individually and in a group setting, and social skills instruction is infused into the daily curriculum. These Kindergarten through 8th grade programs are located at the Lincoln Titus Elementary School in the Lakeland School District and the Blue Mountain Middle School in the Hendrick Hudson School District. Students who do not return to their home district for high school can also be considered for our Oasis High School program (below) or campus-based Fox Meadow High School program.
The Falls Academy at the Mahopac Falls School in Mahopac is a collaborative program with the Mahopac Central School District. It supports both general education and special education students who are academically proficient but struggle to be successful in a typical middle school setting due to emotional dysregulation including anxiety, school phobia and/or school avoidance. This program offers innovative and dynamic instructional approaches infused with research-based therapeutic supports. All students in the program receive weekly counseling services, both individually and in a group setting, as well as instruction in the Steps-A curriculum, a research-based social emotional curriculum, teaching effective emotion regulation, decision making and problem-solving skills. Students who do not return to their home district for high school can also be considered for our Oasis High School program (below) or our campus-based Fox Meadow High School program.
Oasis High School:
The Oasis HS program at Walter Panas High School in Lakeland is a collaborative program with the Lakeland Central School District. It supports both general education and special education students who are academically proficient but struggle to be successful due to delays in acquiring the social, emotional and coping skills necessary to fully participate in a mainstream high school program. This program offers a supported Regents curriculum in conjunction with therapeutic social and emotional support. In addition, a skills curriculum is provided to develop organizational and study skills. All students in the program receive weekly counseling services, both individually and in a group setting, and social skills instruction is infused into the curriculum. The program also utilizes a Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework with family partnership highly encouraged. Students in this program also have the opportunity to participate in our Tech Center vocational programs.
All Programs Offer:
- NYSED certified and highly qualified special educators
- A high staff-to-student ratio
- Related services as needed (S/L, OT, PT, Reading, TVI, TOD)
- Research-based therapeutic approaches (PBIS, TEACHH, Co-Teaching, DBT/Steps-A)
- On-going collaboration and communication with families and outside providers
- Integration of instructional and adaptive technology (computers, smartboards, software)
The PNW BOCES Intensive Therapeutic Support Program for Secondary students is for students in grades 7-12 needing a temporary placement while transitioning to or from an alternate school placement such as a hospital, out-of-district placement, or home instruction. ITSP is a supportive, stable, therapeutic learning environment for students experiencing temporary, acute emotional crises. The goal of the program is for students to be able to become ready to re-enter their home school, or enter an appropriate program, with a comprehensive plan for transition and maintenance in that target setting. (There is an additional Kindergarten through 6th grade ITSP program located on our Walden campus.)
For additional information, please contact:
Coordinator of Local School Building Programs