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 special education services to some children who:
- Are deaf or blind; or
- Have severe emotional or physical disabilities.
Some State-supported schools provide residential care for children who require 24-hour support. Talk to your child’s IEP team for more information.
New York State Education Department Approved Non-Public Schools
State-approved schools are publicly funded special education programs that are not a part of the NYC DOE. These schools:
- Provide programs for children whose educational needs cannot be met in a public school program;
- Only serve students with disabilities and therefore provide no opportunity to be educated with students without disabilities; and
- May offer a day or a residential program, which provides a structured living environment on school grounds 24 hour per day.
The IEP team must consider all options available in NYC DOE schools before recommending an approved non-public school. The Central Based Support Team (CBST) will work with you to find an approved non-public school that meets your child's needs if it is recommended.
Home and Hospital Instruction
These are temporary educational services provided to students who cannot attend school due to:
- A medical or physical condition; or
- A severe emotional or psychological disability.
Home and hospital instruction programs are designed to:
- Help students keep up with their studies while they are unable to attend school;
- Provide a limited academic program; and
- Ensure continuity of instruction and service by working with the student’s current school.
The minimum hours of home instruction per week are:
- Ten hours for students in grades 7-12; and
- Five hours for students in grades K-6.
- Is provided once a student is admitted to a hospital setting;
- Is provided to the extent a student is medically able (determined by physician); and
- Ends when the student is discharged from the hospital.
If your child is still too ill to return to school, you should submit a request for home instruction before your child is discharged from the hospital. This will minimize the gap in instruction.
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 staff 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 related services and Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETTS) from the NYC DOE at no cost.