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District-Based Elementary and Middle School

Rockland BOCES District-Based Elementary and Middle School programs deliver a wide range of services that provide social, emotional and academic supports that help students in grades K-5 develop the skills they need to succeed both in the classroom and beyond. Programs are located in several component school districts across Rockland County. Based on their readiness and ability, District-Based students have the opportunity to participate in school district classes and activities.
We also offer District-Based programs for students with developmental disabilities. A wide range of services can be found 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 5-7, the Practical Academics Vocational Education (PAVE) program is located in the Pearl River School District.

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.

Academic Program Features:

  • Individualized literacy and math programs aligned to the New York State Common Core Standards
  • Intensive literacy and language support
  • Specialized math
  • Differentiated instruction and academic intervention delivered in small class settings
  • Computer-based programs to support instruction
  • Mainstreaming opportunities
  • 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
  • Art, music and adaptive physical education classes

Social and Emotional Supports:

  • Therapeutic component incorporated daily
  • Individualized and universal behavior plans
  • Emphasis on development of self-regulation and coping skills
  • Strengths-based counseling and support plans provided by highly-qualified clinicians
  • Parent training

Student Profile:

Students with academic, social and/or emotional needs who benefit from integration in a mainstream environment

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 New York State examinations


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

More Information


District-Based Elementary and Middle School
65 Parrott Road, Building #10
West Nyack, NY 10994
(845) 353-1513
Fax: (845) 624-5573

Pamela Charles
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

Charmane Spence
Assistant Principal

Kate Honig
Assistant Principal