Specialized Schools

Specialized Schools

Specialized Schools

District 75 Overview

District 75 is an organization within the Department of Education that provides citywide educational, vocational, and behavior support programs for students who are on the autism spectrum, have significant cognitive delays, are severely emotionally challenged, sensory impaired and/or multiply disabled. 

Students are sometimes referred into District 75 from non-District 75 schools but more often students are identified as needing this level of support in pre-school or earlier. District 75 maintains its own website.

District 75 provides instructional support in a wide variety of settings for students with significant disabilities. Keeping within the mandate for Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), students can receive District 75 services in general education classrooms, in special classes located in community school buildings and in special classes in specialized schools, as well as in agencies, hospitals and at home. The IEP Team will determine the appropriate program and class size for your child based on his or her cognitive, social­-emotional and physical management needs. District 75 services may be provided year round in a 12­month program. This helps your child have ongoing and consistent instruction over the summer months.

District 75 provides services and programs city­wide in D75 buildings, agency settings and in community school district buildings. District 75 students may participate in standardized assessment and take all city and state tests or may be assessed using New York State Alternate Assessments. District 75 provides special classes with ratios of 12:1:1, 8:1:1, 6:1:1, and 12:1:4 and other ratios for students in full inclusion.

If your child has significant hearing and vision impairments, District 75 also has self-­contained classes with specialized equipment and services that can be integrated into the curriculum through­out the school day. Students whose vision and hearing concerns do not require that type of intensive programming will receive these support services in their general education, co­-teaching or community­based special education settings.

District 75 also supports students who are afraid of being in a school setting (school phobic) and students with medical or psychiatric issues that require temporary or long­ term instruction in a hospital or home-­based setting.

Where appropriate, District 75 provides bilingual instruction and support, ESL services, travel training, personal activities of daily living (ADL) skill training, vocational programming and transition service coordination. Instructions for using augmentative or alternative technology will be provided as outlined in your child's IEP. To develop collaborative home­school partnerships, District 75 also offers counseling and training for parents in order to assist families in understanding and providing support for their children.

District 75 also provides special class services in a 12:1:1 ratio for students who are deaf/severely hard of hearing or blind/visually impaired. Services provided include audiology, assistive technology, sign language interpretation, orientation and mobility services, and Braille. Students can participate in New York State standardized or alternate assessments.