New York Institute for Special Education
The New York Institute for Special Education offers programs to children ages 3 to 21 from the five boroughs of New York City, Long Island, Westchester County, and upstate New York. The Schermerhorn Program offers students ages 5 to 21 with vision loss an academic program that follows New York State Learning Standards. The program has been educating students with vision loss for over 180 years. Divided into an elementary, middle, and high school, Schermerhorn offers students a varied and challenging curriculum that will assist students in becoming independent. From adaptive physical education and technology labs to Regents classes and New York State exams, students have opportunities that help them face global challenges. Support services such as occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, English as a Second Language, counseling, and orientation and mobility are provided based on each student’s Individual Education Plan. Through a partnership with area colleges, students can earn college credit beginning in their junior year in high school. In addition to core academic classes, students learn art, daily living skills, and social skills and participate in career and vocational classes to develop skills necessary for competitive employment. Prevocational training takes place in various departments on and off campus. Skill development occurs in areas that include the campus coffee shop, clerical assistance, and pre-school program. As students develop skills, they move to off-campus jobs. A variety of extracurricular activities are offered to ensure that students are well-rounded. Students may also participate in sports, student council, music shows, and art exhibits.