Specialized public schools for students with significant disabilities. More information about District 75 programs and sites can be found here.
New York State Education Department–Supported Schools
State-supported schools provide intensive special education services to children who are determined by an IEP team to be eligible for this type of program and who:
- are deaf or blind, or
- have severe emotional or physical disabilities
Some State-supported schools provide five-day residential care for children who require 24-hour support. For more information about State-supported schools, talk to your child’s IEP team.
New York State Education Department Approved Non-Public Schools
State-approved schools provide a publicly funded special education program and that is not part of the New York City Department of Education. These schools:
- provide programs for children whose intensive educational needs cannot be met in a public school program
- are attended only by students with disabilities and therefore provide no opportunity to be educated with non-disabled children
- may offer a day or a residential program, which provides a structured living environment on school grounds for a 24 hour per day basis
The IEP team must consider all options available in the public schools prior to recommending an Approved Non-Public School. An approved non-public school may accept your child only if the school is able to provide the services recommended in his or her IEP.
If the IEP team recommends that your child attend Approved Non-Public School, the case will be sent to the Central Based Support Team (CBST) to locate an appropriate school for your child. You will be a participant in this process.
Home and Hospital Instruction
These are temporary educational services provided to students who are unable to attend school due to:
- a medical or physical condition, or
- a severe emotional or psychological disability
Home and hospital instruction programs are designed to:
- support students in keeping up with their studies while they are unable to attend school
- provide an academic program which may be limited in course options
- ensure continuity of instruction and service by working with the student’s current school
The minimum hours of home instruction per week are:
- 10 hours for students in grades 7th – 12th
- 5 hours for students in grades K - 6th
- is provided once a student is admitted to a hospital setting
- is provided to the extent a student is medically able (determined by physician)
- ends when the student is discharged from the hospital
If the student is still too ill to return to school, parents should proactively submit a request for home instruction before the student is discharged from the hospital, to minimize the delay in transitioning to home instruction.
Click here to submit a request for home instruction.Your request will be reviewed and then approved or denied by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH).
Charter and Non-Public Schools
If you are considering a charter school or a non-public school, talk to the school's principal or special education liaison to learn about the school's approach to providing special education services.
Charter and Non-Public Schools are exempt from state requirements relating to class size and functional grouping. Students attending charter or non-public schools will receive recommended services and Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETTS) from the NYCDOE at no cost.