Preschool students in a classroom
Smiling student wearing soccer t-shirt
Student working in the career training workshop
Student in red shirt giving the "V for Victory" sign
Ridgecrest Academy student at the annual picnic
Smiling student wearing flowered dress
Smiling student wearing tropical Sponge Bob shirt
Smiling preschooler
Student volunteer at the SEPTO Fun Fair
Smiling student sitting on blue and yellow gym pad
Preschool student building a car
Student wearing tropical shirt and Hawaiian lei
ESY student wearing a NASCAR t-shirt on Sports Day

Department for Exceptional Children

News

Student and staff member making cookie dough

A Sweet Recipe for Success

Students in the 6:1:2 class at Westview in the Department for Exceptional Children are always ready for a chance to try out practical life skills.
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Volunteer reading to preschoolers

Rising to the Occasion with Reading

Student volunteers from Westview in the Department for Exceptional Children visit different BOCES 2 preschool classes several times every year. Recently, two of them stopped into Autumn Lane Elementary School in Greece.
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Now Hiring Poster

It's a New Year and We're Hiring! Work with BOCES 2

We have opportunities open now for: Aides and SBAs with Business & Industry Experience, Audiologist, Clerical Positions, CTE Careers in Agriculture Teacher, CTE Health Sciences Teacher, CTE Nurse Assisting Teacher (RN), CTE Nurse Assisting Clinical Supervisor (RN), Night Cleaners, Paraprofessionals, Part-time Art Teacher, Part-time Receptionist, Project Floor Technician, School Psychologists, School Social Workers, Special Education Teacher - English, Speech Teacher and a Variety of Substitute Positions.
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Small child painting a tree ornament

Making Lasting Memories

The STEM classroom at Westview was busy in the weeks before the winter holidays, filled with the sound of saws and sanders. High school students there were cutting out a small forest of plywood tree ornaments, each destined to be decorated by an excited preschooler.
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Student holding therapy dog with several staff members

Furry Visitors Always Welcome!

At Westview, the goal is to build bridges between people and create a safe, gentle environment where kindness can thrive, and children can learn. To help achieve this, the school is welcoming some very special visitors – certified therapy dogs.
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Autism Dept. members with new mural

Difference Is What Makes Each of Us Precious

Folks in the Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES Autism Services Department are celebrating neurodiversity with a beautiful new mural outside their offices created by Ridgecrest Academy’s art teacher Bryce Doty.
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The Westview crew at Meals on Wheels

Their Superpower is Caring

Students from the Westview 6:1:2 class and several staff members helped prepare and pack an amazing 470 meals for seniors at our local Meals on Wheels. They also filled special holiday boxes that will be distributed to families for festive feasts at donation sites around Rochester.
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Events

Feb
14

SEPTO Meeting

All meetings are scheduled via Zoom, 4 – 5 pm:
Please call the Department for Exceptional Children main office at 585-617-2447 for the link and password. For information or questions, please contact: Colleen Dox-Griffith, SEPTO President, at 617-2393 [email protected] 
OR Tanya Frank, SEPTO Secretary, at 617-2447
[email protected]  

Mar
14

SEPTO Meeting

All meetings are scheduled via Zoom, 4 – 5 pm:
Please call the Department for Exceptional Children main office at 585-617-2447 for the link and password. For information or questions, please contact: Colleen Dox-Griffith, SEPTO President, at 617-2393 [email protected] 
OR Tanya Frank, SEPTO Secretary, at 617-2447
[email protected]  

Our Philosophy

The Department for Exceptional Children will provide innovative programs and services to our students with the support, tools, and diverse opportunities to grow into contributing members of society.

We will create dynamic learners who possess social awareness, confidence, and a belief in their ability to succeed through:
  • High quality and personalized learning opportunities.
  • Communication and advocacy skills to reach the highest levels of independence.
  • Safe, inclusive, and nurturing school environments for all.
  • Engaging families and communities in a network of support focused on achievement and continual improvement.