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. 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 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;
- Are attended only by 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. If an approved non-public school is recommended, the Central Based Support Team (CBST) will work with you to find an appropriate school for your child.
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.
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 NYC DOE at no cost.