Welcome to St. Dominic's SchoolLocated in Blauvelt, N.Y., St. Dominic’s School, also known as a K-12th grade 853 School, services a diverse population of students with social-emotional needs, autism, neurological impairment.
Welcome to Saint Dominic's SchoolLocated in Blauvelt, N.Y., St. Dominic’s School, also known as a K-12th grade 853 School, services a diverse population of students with social-emotional needs, autism, neurological impairment.
Welcome to St. Dominic’s School
Welcome to St. Dominic’s School, also known as a 853 School, services a diverse population of students in grades K-12th with social-emotional needs, neurological impairments and learning disabilities. Many of our students suffer from excessive fears and anxiety, as well as worries about not fitting in.
St. Dominic’s School is certified by the New York State Education Department to serve students with primary disabilities such as Emotionally Disturbed (ED), Multiple Disabilities (MD), Other Health Impairment (OHI) and autism and speech and language impairment.
Students attending St. Dominic’s School are from Rockland, Orange, and Westchester Counties and New York City. The school provides an 8:1:1 ratio – one teacher and one teaching assistant to eight students. The school provides students with Cornell-educated and trained behavioral specialists, individualized therapeutic special education and incorporates all New York State learning standards.
St. Dominic’s School provides a therapeutic milieu that emphasizes safety, structure, and clarity of behavioral expectations. Our staff employs a pro-active approach to anticipate and plan for our student’s needs.
An individualized plan is formulated for each student; administrators, teachers, and counselors meet on a regular basis to ensure that each child is maximizing his or her potential.
Together, staff, students and families work toward building a program providing each student with a fresh start and an opportunity to re-experience all of the positive feelings that a school can provide.
Saint Dominic’s School is dedicated to meeting the academic and social-emotional needs of the children in our care by providing a therapeutic learning environment which will enable them to develop and maximize their full potential. Through the integration of multidisciplinary services and partnerships with families, Saint Dominic’s School responds to our student’s needs with commitment, understanding, and guidance.
Saint Dominic’s School is committed to the concept that behavioral growth and academic achievement can be facilitated by maintaining a safe and nurturing classroom and building environment. Our small self-contained classrooms allow for increased academic and social opportunities, which we believe can result in improved feelings of self-confidence and self-worth.
Saint Dominic’s School follows all New York State standards.
Saint Dominic’s School is approved to serve children from grades K – 12th in classes with a student/teacher ratio of 8:1:1. We also offer a high school program for students on an Individualized Education Program (IEP) track that is based on vocational development and independent living skills.
Students come from school districts in Rockland, Westchester and Orange Counties, as well as New York City. They are referred to St. Dominic’s School by their local Committee on Special Education.
Students are referred to St. Dominic’s School by the Committee on Special Education of their local school districts.
The referral information is reviewed and an intake meeting is arranged to determine if our program fits the needs of the child.
If the student is an appropriate candidate, the parents are contacted to arrange an intake interview and a tour of the facility.