K-12 Educational Services

Our special education school is approved by the NYS Department of Education and provides services to students ages five to twenty-one, who have multiple disabilities. Our goal is to enhance the lives of our students by promoting independence through the development of functional goals. Classroom curriculum is aligned with the NYS learning standards and is designed to meet the individualized needs of our student, while emphasizing communication, socialization, and self-help skills. The program offers a wealth of resources such as:

  • IPADs
  • Smartboard technology
  • Adapted classroom computer work stations
  • Augmentative communication devices (Dynavox, Cheaptalk, Big Mack switches, etc.)
  • Assistive technology
  • Adaptive positioning devices
  • Therapeutic playground
  • Wheelchair accessible garden


Our interdisciplinary team approach creates a classroom environment in which student are encouraged to reach their maximum potential through collaborative planning and the implementation of individualized goals. Classroom sizes are a 6:1:3 model and 12 month programming is available as determined by CSE. The school age education program provides the following services:

  • Adaptive Physical Education
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech / Language Therapy
  • Teacher of the Visually Impaired
  • Social Work
  • Assistive Technology / Augmentative Communication Evaluations

Our Agency provides a comprehensive residential program for children who are eligible through the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). We are one of only a handful of agencies throughout New York State to offer a Children’s Residential Program (CRP) in which all of the children who live at our residential home attend our Special Education School. The staff of the Helen Oberkirch Children’s Residence, our school’s multi-disciplinary team, and our families work together to ensure a holistic approach to developing and implementing functional educational and therapeutic goals.