School Age Classrooms

Classrooms Designed to Optimize Educational Success

Students with special needs who are 5 to 22 years of age receive instruction in small groups 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 may participate in school activities and academic classes with their peers enrolled in the general education program for academic and special subject area courses. 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.


Motion exercises
This is a district-based program for students grades K-12 with moderate to severe learning challenges, along with some emotional, physical and/or management needs. The focus of the class is to help students to develop academic, social and emotional strengths to maximize their learning and growth. At the secondary level, students may access career readiness and/or vocational programming. These students typically benefit from further skill development in the areas of functional academics, activities of daily living, vocational awareness and training, social skills and community orientation.

6:1:1 Medically Fragile

Students with aides
This district-based program is for students grades K-12 with multiple and severe disabilities, physical disabilities, and/or traumatic brain injuries. The focus of the class is to help students develop academic, social and emotional strengths to maximize their learning and growth.

6:1:2 Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Spring Olympics
This is a district-based program for students grades K-12 with a diagnosis of Autism or unique needs associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The program is highly structured, utilizing strategies from TEACCH, Applied Behavioral Analysis, DIR and the SCERTS® model as appropriate based on student needs.

6:1:1 Behavior Management

This district-based program helps students grades 7-12 who require small group instruction for their management needs. The program focuses on standards-based academic skills and social-emotional development using a variety of strategies based on student strengths. Students may access mainstream classroom opportunities as appropriate.

6:1:2 Complex Needs

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A program designed for students grades K-12 with intensive management needs due to emotional and/or behavioral disabilities which may be further complicated by developmental and/or intellectual disabilities. This program offers standards-based academics and social-emotional development using a variety of strategies centered on student strengths. The program includes enriched mental health support services, pro-social skills training and therapeutic crisis intervention.

6:1:1 Center-Based

Chili Cook off lunch
This program is for students grades 7-12 with severe psychiatric, social and emotional challenges that impact learning. Students are supported by school-based mental health staff and other related services as requested. A standards-based curriculum in conjunction with comprehensive mental health services to include family and student counseling. Program services are delivered at multiple center-based sites depending on students’ grade levels.

CaSS Junior High/Senior High (8:1:1 )

Virtual reality
This is a district-based program for students grades 9-12 with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Social Communication Disorder, or other unique characteristics formerly associated with Asperger’s Syndrome. The focus is on helping students develop communication and social skills while maintaining their academic strengths through a standards/Regents-based curriculum. Specific individualized strategies, such as Montessori and TEACCH methods, are utilized to meet student needs.

Transition Program (6:1:1 and 12:1:1)

Transition students
This is a community-based program for students aged 18-22 who have completed four or more years of high school but are still eligible for school-age services. The students have elected to extend their classroom experiences to enhance social and vocational competences as well as community orientation and skills of daily living as they work towards obtaining a CDOS Credential, Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential, or Regents diploma. A career-readiness placement is a typical component of this program.

Village Plaza One Transition Program
Our mission is to meet young adult students with special needs and families where they are, to educate, support and provide resources for growth, independence, and confidence. We aim to be the bridge which prepares students to self-advocate, set goals and continue to thrive in the "adult world" and life after school.

Students will have access to the community where they enhance and generalize self-regulation, functional communication, daily living skills, socialization, leisure skills and physical fitness.

Roberts Wesleyan Transition Program
The Roberts Wesleyan Transition Program will provide access to and application of functional life skills and academic supports to enhance the learning for all students through classroom based instruction and various community experiences. Students will develop transferable skills in advocacy, independence and work-readiness, while fostering an inclusive community on a college campus.

The Roberts Wesleyan Transition Program will utilize person centered plans to support students in working toward obtaining access to adult services, vocational placement and identified goals.

Project SEARCH (8:1:1)

Project SEARCH intern
Project SEARCH is for students aged 18-22 who are in the last year of their high school education. These students are working toward a CDOS Credential or Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential, along with competitive employment. This program is a collaborative effort between the students and the University of Rochester Institute for Innovative Transition, ACCES-VR, ARC of Monroe, The Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong and Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES. The program focuses on helping students to develop and utilize new skills that will allow them to achieve competitive employment in the community. All necessary related services will be provided on a consultant basis and are directly related to the skills needed “on the job.” 

For More Information

Central Referral Coordinator
160 Wallace Way, Building 9
Rochester, NY 14624
Phone: (585) 617-2468

Related Files & Forms

Project SEARCH is a one-year high school transition program for youth ages 18-22 with developmental disabilities. The program provides training and education leading to competitive employment. (2023)
Learn about the opportunities available through BOCES 2 for young people transitioning to life after high school, including Roberts Wesleyan, Project SEARCH, the BELL Program and many other skill building and career readiness training. (1/2024)