Students with special needs who are 5 to 21 years of age receive instruction in a small group of 6, 8, or 12 students as well as individualized support to optimize success in school. Instructional groups are based on the educational achievement, social and physical development and management needs of students as outlined in the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) developed by the Committee on Special Education. Classrooms are located in integrated settings, school buildings or community-based sites to encourage and enhance opportunities for interaction with typically developing peers.
Students with special needs may participate in school activities and academic classes with their peers enrolled in the general education program for academic and special subject area courses, i.e., music, physical education and art. Opportunities for work experience and/or career/technical education are available for secondary students.
Referrals to BOCES 2 special education school age classrooms come from a student’s home school district. Parents are encouraged to speak with a representative from their child’s district for more information about the referral process.