The Plainedge School District operates one of the most comprehensive special education programs in New York serving over 400 students with disabilities.

Plainedge has a comprehensive special education program with a warm, nurturing and dynamic atmosphere. Our policies and procedures ensure that students’ right to a “free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment” is available for all students with a disability from the ages of three through twenty-one.

Plainedge teachers and staff are dedicated to maintaining a level of excellence and outreach to ensure that each student with a disability receives specialized instruction and related services.

Part-time and full-time special ed services are tailored to the needs of each student. Special education teachers work cooperatively with general education teachers to achieve a learning environment with the least restrictions.

For students who need additional support we provide an in-district Life Skills Program to enable them to achieve the highest level of independence and acquire the skills necessary to be successful individuals and life-long learners.

Whenever possible Plainedge educates their students within the District. By educating students in-district, students with disabilities maintain neighborhood friends and are able to participate in the everyday school life such as sports, chorus, music and art.

The policies and procedures of Plainedge‘s Special Education Department is overseen by the Board of Education and regulated by New York State and Federal laws.

Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE)

Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) Pursuant to PL 99-457 and Section 4410 of the Educational Law, school districts are responsible for serving 3 and 4 year old children with disabilities. If you suspect that your youngster has a disability or are referred by your doctor or a preschool professional, please call 516-992-7480.

The Plainedge School District offers a robust continuum of special education services to meet each student’s individual needs.  These services include:

  • Resource Room
  • Consultant Teacher
  • Integrated Co-Teaching
  • Special Class - Regents Track
  • Special Class – Skills & Achievement Commencement Credential Track
  • Related Services:
    • Speech & Language Therapy
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Physical Therapy
    • Counseling
    • Parent Counseling & Training
    • Itinerant Vision Services
    • Itinerant Hearing Services
    • Behavior Intervention Services