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Staten Island,NY: New SPED school opens; "unmet need for additional seats" due to autism

June 9, 2020, SI Live: New special ed school to open on Staten Island in September STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A new special education school will open on Staten Island in September -- located at the former Our Lady Help of Christians School in Tottenville, which closed in June 2019. AHRC New York City will open the Staten Island Preparatory School for school-age and preschool students with autism and other disabilities for the 2020-2021 school year. It will be AHRC NYC’s seventh school across all five boroughs. “The New York State Department of Education approached us about an unmet need for additional seats for children with disabilities and autism,” said Christina Muccioli, vice president of education for AHRC NYC, in a news release. “After a two-year search, we identified a former parochial school, Our Lady Help of Christians, which unfortunately closed. ...”… Staten Island Prep will serve 94 students between the ages of 3 to 12 with educational programming designed to address the individual needs of students. All related services will be provided to students…. There will be two classes for preschool students with disabilities with a teacher ratio of 6:1:3 -- which is six students, one special education teacher, and three teacher aides or paraprofessionals. Nine classes will be for school-aged children between the ages of 5 to 12, with either a ratio of 8:1:3 (eight students, one special education teacher and three aides) or 10:1:2 (10 students, one special education teacher, and two aides). The school-age program for kids 5-12 is primarily focused on students with autism but is approved for children with other disabilities….


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