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2020-09-16 00:00:00 Avenue Magazine The 7 Best Special Education Schools in NYC

The 7 Best Special Education Schools in NYC

The city's boutique approach to education means it is easier to find the best fit for your child's needs
ONLY CONNECT: Learning how to learn at the Churchill School
Photo courtesy of the Churchill School

THE CHURCHILL SCHOOL AND CENTER
301 East 29th Street
churchillschoolnyc.org

A K–12 coeducational college preparatory school for students with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities. The 398 students have an 8:1 ratio with teachers. Students go on to a range of four-year colleges, many highly competitive.

THE GATEWAY SCHOOL
211 West 61st Street
gatewayschool.org

A pre-K–8 coeducational school for students with language-based learning disabilities and attention deficits. The 200 students have an average teacher ratio of 11:2 in the lower school and 5:1 in the middle school, with smaller classes for reading, writing, and math. Students transition to competitive mainstream public and private high schools as well as special ed high schools.

STEPHEN GAYNOR SCHOOL
148 West 90th Street
stephengaynor.org

A pre-K–8 coeducational school for children with learning differences, from ADHD to speech, language, and reading delays. The large two-building campus is close to Central Park. There are 375 students and a student teacher ratio of 11:2. Students transition to competitive mainstream public and private schools as well as LD high schools.

THE WINDWARD SCHOOL
212 East 93rd Street
thewindwardschool.org

A coed lower and middle school for children with dyslexia and language-based learning disabilities for grades 1–8. Windward also has two campuses in White Plains. The student to teacher ratio is 5:1; 98 percent of students transition to mainstream high schools.

CITY SITE: The Manhattan campus of the Windward School
Photo courtesy of the Windward School

WINSTON PREPARATORY SCHOOL
126 West 17th Street
winstonprep.edu

An independent school for children with language-based and nonverbal learning differences and executive functioning issues for grades 4–12. The 237 students have a teacher ratio of 3:1. An optional 13th grade (aka a “transition year”) prepares students for life after high school.

MARY MCDOWELL FRIENDS SCHOOL
20 Bergen Street, Brooklyn
133–135 Summit Street, Brooklyn
23 Sidney Place, Brooklyn
new.marymcdowell.org

A K–12 coeducational Quaker college prep school for students with learning disabilities located across a trio of campuses in Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, and Carroll Gardens. The 405 students have an average teacher ratio of 6:1, with smaller classes in math and reading. Students go on to a range of four-year colleges, many highly competitive.

PARKSIDE SCHOOL
48 West 74th Street
parksideschool.org

A K–5 independent school for children with speech and language difficulties and ADHD. The 83 students have a ratio of 8:1 with teachers. Students go on to LD middle schools as well as mainstream ones.

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