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Academic Life

"Every child has a different learning style and pace. Each child is unique, not only capable of learning, but also capable of succeeding." (Robert John Meehan)

Residents of our Jennie Clarkson Campus in North Castle, New York attend REACH Academy in nearby West Harrison, one of the four academies of the Greenburgh-North Castle Union Free School District (GNC). The school features expanded academic, social-emotional, and vocational opportunities for students with emotional, developmental, behavioral and learning disabilities from grades 7 to age 21. A twelve-month program is offered, which includes a six-week summer session providing academic enrichment and/or extensive remediation. Students are placed in classes based on academic levels, age and social development, with instruction differentiated according to students’ learning profiles. Student progress is monitored, instruction is data-driven, and depending upon their needs and capacities, students may earn a New York State Regents diploma or local diploma with an opportunity to take Advanced Placement (AP) courses.

In the social-emotional and behavioral realms, students are taught social skills and strategies for self-regulation—the tools needed for success in life. To that end, the Greenburgh-North Castle School District implements components of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS), Restorative Justice, and Trauma-Focused Therapy. Students are introduced to the world of work and assisted with preparing for college, career-training schools, supported employment, and/or competitive employment. Vocational opportunities offered include: computer technology, barbering, cosmetology, culinary, auto mechanics, retail, senior care, maintenance, horticulture, animal science, music production, personal training, and commercial graphic arts. 

Learn more at the Greenburgh-North Castle School District’s website