Special Education

About Us

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide a foundation of learning that will enable students to become independent, self-respecting and contributing adults in a multi-cultural society.


We will provide a learning environment, based on excellence and teamwork, that puts achievement and independence within the reach of each student.

NYSSD will fulfill its mission by:

  • Setting high expectations where each student will grow socially, emotionally and intellectually.
  • Providing a variety of quality educational and social opportunities.
  • Insuring that our programs are relevant, challenging and exciting four our students.
  • Modeling behaviors, communication and problem solving skills we want students to learn and use.
  • Measuring educational excellence through continuous professional growth.
  • Focusing our human and fiscal resources to achieve our mission.
  • Maintaining a collaborative relationship between NYSSD and SED.

NYSSD will be known for:

  • Providing a safe learning environment.
  • Building partnerships with students, parents, staff, the community and other schools.
  • Recognizing the diversity and individuality of each student.
  • A school that measures our accomplishments, celebrates our successes, and is committed to a culture that is always improving.
  • Having all staff share accountability for student achievement and gaining independence.
  • Having the courage to speak up for the needs of our students.
Last Updated: March 25, 2011