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Mountainside High School

Mountainside High School is an alternative secondary program for students with emotional, behavioral and learning challenges. Students benefit from the small class size, a strengths-based approach and extra supports needed for success.

Academic Program Features:

  • Full-day academics with a focus on academic excellence for every student
  • Creative programming through digital technology to build 21st century skills
  • Work-based learning opportunities foster the development of life and job-readiness skills
  • Literacy remediation, including Read 180
  • Homework support using video conferencing
  • Opportunity to enroll in Rockland BOCES Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC) programs, where students may earn industry certifications along with their high school diplomas 
  •  Several pathways to graduation, including Advanced Regents and Regents, Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Credential, and a self-contained classroom for those obtaining a Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential (SACC)

Social and Emotional Supports:

  • An integrated team of clinicians and teachers support the needs of all students
  • Brain-based instructional approaches are implemented to decrease stress and enhance learning
  • Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) provides the foundation for a successful school culture
  • Through collaborative problem solving, students are given options to increase their access to instruction by utilizing separate learning spaces, “taking five” or virtual learning with iPads
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills help students improve their emotional self-regulation and increase mindfulness
  • Students receive daily feedback regarding academic, social and behavioral progress and are acknowledged for their accomplishments
  • Weekly “Circle Ups” celebrate student strengths and positive contributions to the school community
  • Clinicians coordinate wraparound services for families, make connections with community service partners, collaborate with the Rockland BOCES Family Resource Center, Adult and Continuing Education, ACCES-VR and local mental health associations

Student Profile:

Students with academic, social and/or emotional needs who are at risk for dropping out or have a history of involvement in multiple systems of care and who demonstrate the capacity to be successful.


Mental Health Association of Westchester, Mental Health Association of Rockland and the Center for Safe & Healthy Youth. Psychiatric consultations available.

More Information


Mountainside High School
13A Dickinson Avenue
Nyack, NY 10960
(845) 624-5566

Dr. Matthew Darby

Heather Dague
Assistant Principal

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