Specialized Programs

Specialized Programs

Specialized Programs

Specialized programs are programs that are not currently expected to exist in every community school.  Special education supports and services that require expertise and are found in a select number of schools may be considered specialized programs.

While each school should have the capacity to serve the majority of students with disabilities, we recognize that this may not be feasible for all schools to develop imminently. Expertise in effectively educating students with particular needs, such as students on the Autism Spectrum Disorder, students with intellectual disabilities or English Language Learners who have disabilities is developed over time and there are students who may be best served in schools with such expertise.

The following are currently considered specialized programs:

  • ASD Nest – an integrated class setting in a community school for high functioning students on the autism spectrum.
  • ASD Horizon – a self-contained class in a community school for students on the autism spectrum.
  • Functionally Accessible Schools or Programs – are located in a fully or partially accessible building where an individual with mobility impairment may enter and access all relevant programs and services, including the science laboratory, library, cafeteria, auditorium, and the gymnasium; in some cases school programs may need to be re-located to accommodate access. At least one restroom is accessible. It is recommended that you visit schools that your child may attend. For a list of functionally accessible schools and more information on accessibility please click here.
  • Bilingual Special Education – a special class for students who are recommended to receive services in a bilingual classroom (Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Yiddish, or Haitian Creole).
  • Academics, Career and Essential Skills (ACES) – Specialized Program for students with Intellectual Disability – provides a special class or program in a community school for some students who are classified with an intellectual disability and who are being alternately assessed.
  • District 75 programs

  • For questions please contact: SpecializedPrograms@schools.nyc.gov.