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State Supported Schools

State Supported Schools

New York State supports some schools that provide intensive special education services to children who are deaf, blind or who have severe emotional or physical disabilities and who are determined by an IEP Team to be eligible for this type of program. Some State-supported schools provide fi-s­day residential care for children who require 24­hour support.

State-Approved Non-Public Day Schools

A “non-public school” is not the same thing as a private school. “State approved non-public schools” are specific schools that New York State’s Education Department has approved to provide programs for children whose intensive educational needs cannot be met in a public school program. State Education Department-approved schools are attended only by students with disabilities and therefore provide no opportunity to be educated with non-­disabled children. These schools may accept your child only if the school is able to provide the services recommended in his or her IEP.

The IEP Team must consider all options available in the public schools before asking the Central Based Support Team (CBST) to attempt to identify an appropriate educational setting in a non-public school. It is important for you to understand that when the IEP Team says it will “defer to CBST” this is not the same thing as a recommendation for a specific setting for your child. If it is determined that non­-public school is appropriate for your child, and he or she is accepted to the school, the IEP will be completed.

State-Approved Non-Public Residential Schools

The New York State Education Department has identified certain residential or “boarding” schools that provide intensive programming in the classroom and a structured living environment on a 24-hour basis for children whose educational needs require this level of support. These schools may be located in New York State or in other nearby states. If it is determined that a residential setting is appropriate, the DOE is required to first consider in­-state residential settings before considering an out-­of­-state school.