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District-Based Secondary

Rockland BOCES District-Based Secondary programs provide students with the extra supports they need to be college and/or career ready. Currently, we have two high school programs at Suffern High School and Tappan Zee High School in South Orangetown. Students have the opportunity to be integrated into both core and elective academic courses and participate in extracurricular activities such as clubs and sports. Additional benefits include therapeutic support services and enriched common core curricula focused on technology, literacy, math and social skills.

Academic Program Features:

  • Differentiated instruction for core subjects aligned with the New York State Common Core Standards
  • Focused use of technology to personalize learning and enhance student achievement
  • Small class setting
  • Intensive literacy and specialized math supports
  • Integrated participation in the high school community via core academic and elective courses, athletics and clubs
  • Opportunity to enroll in Rockland BOCES Career & Technical Education Center (CTEC) programs 
  • Guidance counselors assist students with transition to college, work-based programs, career awareness services and community resources for adults
  • Recent graduates have continued their education through enrollment in a number of two- and four-year colleges and vocational programs

Social and Emotional Supports:

  • Therapeutic component integrated within the school day
  • Strengths-based individual and group counseling, with emphasis on self-regulation and collaborative problem-solving
  • Counselors trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Intensive work by the staff is applied to each individual student to help them succeed in the middle schools or high schools via Functional Behavior Plans, Agenda Pads, PBIS, Chromebooks, contracts, etc.
  • Related services are available in accordance with each student’s IEP and include speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy and visual and/or hearing impairment services

Student Profile:

Students with academic, social and/or emotional needs who benefit from integration and a less-restrictive environment

Participating Schools:

Suffern High School and Tappan Zee High School

Specific Programs:

At the high school level, students (grades 8-12) in the Practical Academics Vocational Education (PAVE) program can access general education elective classes as well as Rockland BOCES Career and Technical Education programs

The Community Occupational Vocation Education (COVE) program is offered in collaboration with the South Orangetown Central School District and serves middle and high school students who benefit from a functional academic program with an emphasis on job skill development and life skills

High School Vocational Programs
This program serves high school students and balances a functional life skills curriculum with a continuum of academic programming. Students also participate in a robust community-based vocational program


ACCES-VR, Mental Health Association of Westchester and Mental Health Association of Rockland


More Information


District-Based Secondary
65 Parrott Road, Building #12
West Nyack, NY 10994
(845) 624-5684

Susan Ryan

Jared Moran
Assistant Principal

Stephanie Ruiz
Assistant Principal

Suffern High School
Pearl River High School
Tappan Zee High School

Dr. Matthew Darby

Heather Dague
Assistant Principal

Tappan Zee High School COVE
North Rockland High School