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Pittsburgh: SPED school to expand

June 30, 2017, The Almanac (Pittsburgh) Watson Institute in South Fayette to expand http://www.thealmanac.net/article/20170630/NEWS/170639997 The Watson Institute recently announced its plans to expand its school in South Fayette Township.

The special education school will build a four-classroom addition to the southern wing of the building as well as open six classrooms on the second floor, for a total of 24 classrooms.

The school, which currently instructs 87 students and can hold up to 112, will increase its possible capacity by about 80 students.

The Watson Institute opened the South Fayette campus, its fourth school in the Pittsburgh area, in January to increase total enrollment, which now sits at approximately 500 students. Previously, students in the South Hills and in Washington County had to drive to one of its other locations in Sewickley, Pittsburgh or Sharpsburg. …

The Watson Institute serves students, ages 3-21, with a wide range of mental and physical needs, such as autism, neurological impairments, Down syndrome and serious emotional challenges. The schools also run on a similar schedule as local school districts,