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District-Based Special Education

Rockland BOCES district-based programs for students with developmental disabilities offer a wide range of services in local elementary, middle and high school settings throughout most component school districts in Rockland County. Programs serve students ages 5-21 in self-contained classrooms with a variety of opportunities for mainstreaming.

Specific Programs

The Comprehensive Application of Behavior Analysis to Schooling (CABAS) program is a collaboration between Rockland BOCES and Columbia University. This intensive, data-driven program is offered in several elementary schools.

Social Communications
These classes serve students with autism and developmental disabilities in grades K-7. The curriculum is focused on communication skills, social development and academic development.

Serving students in grades 5-12, the Practical Academics Vocational Education (PAVE) program is located in the Pearl River School District. At the high school level, students 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 aged students and balances a functional life skills curriculum with a continuum of academic programming. Students also participate in a robust community-based vocational program.

Academic Program Features:

  • Individual, data-driven goal development
  • Literacy programs, including Edmark, System 44, Lexia Core 5 and Read 180
  • Multi-sensory and functional math programs
  • Assistive technologies including iPads, whiteboards and augmentative communication devices
  • Mainstreaming opportunities
  • Art, music and adaptive physical education classes

Social and Emotional Supports:

  • Clinical support provided in each program
  • Individual behavior plans
  • Parent training

Student Profile:

Students with developmental disabilities including autism, intellectual disabilities and multiple disabilities who may also benefit from access to mainstream opportunities. Students may be alternately assessed or participate in NY State examinations.


Mental Health Association of Rockland, Columbia University, Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and ACCES-VR


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District-Based Special Education
65 Parrott Road, Building #10
West Nyack, NY 10994
(845) 624-5575
Fax: (845) 624-5573

Pamela Charles
Principal, District-Based Elementary and Middle School programs
Farley Elementary
Highview Elementary
Miller Elementary
Sloatsburg Elementary
Cherry Lane Elementary
Lincoln Elementary
Link Elementary
William O. Schaefer Elementary
MacArthur Barr Middle
South Orangetown Middle
Pearl River Middle
Suffern Middle
Tappan Zee Education Center

Susan Ryan
Principal, District-Based Secondary programs
Suffern High School
Pearl River High School
Tappan Zee High School
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