On Main Street in Roosevelt Island, Manhattan, there is a school dedicated to providing intellectual and emotional development to students with learning disabilities. That school is The Child School.
The Child School was founded in 1973 to allow students who are experiencing difficulties in other educational environments to get the nurturing and encouragement they need to grow. Faculty focus on inspiring students to see learning as a lifelong pursuit and something to enjoy.
There are three components to The Child School: Elementary, Middle School, and the high school program, aptly called Legacy High School. The goal is to help each child achieve his or her potential.
The faculty at The Child School seek to discover the unique way that each child learns and then to foster that child’s development by working with that child to learn and grow to maturity. With 82% of the student body receiving Regents and RCT diplomas, school faculty consider their program a big success.
The elementary school consists of nine classes and reaches out to students in kindergarten through sixth grade.The student-teacher ratio is 8:1:1. The kindergarten class offers a ratio of 6:1:1. Each child then is given the individual attention he or she needs to develop fully.
The student-teacher ratio of the middle school is 12:1:1. Students are taught to develop an age-appropriate study habit and staff work hard to build up self-esteem and prepare special needs children for high school and for life.
Legacy High School was started in 1996 in response to a public demand for a private special needs curriculum and is one of the few government-funded non-public high schools in New York City.
To learn more about The Child School and Legacy High School, visit the school’s website. The Child School is a place where special needs children can meet the challenge of overcoming their learning disabilities and grow into successful, mature adults.