School Programs

School_Sidebar_SchPrgrm.jpgInnovative programming includes life skills, music and art, animal-assisted therapy programs, and outdoor education, all based in experiential learning.

The Green Chimneys School offers an enriched academic environment with a vast array of innovative programming, including life skills, music and art, animal-assisted therapy programs, and outdoor education, all based in experiential learning. The fully integrated approach to education programs at Green Chimneys includes:

Academic Program
Green Chimneys School complies with—and often exceeds—all standards and educational mandates set by New York State, and is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and National Association of Private Special Education Centers (NAPSEC). We follow New York State Common Core learning standards and standardized testing for all grades, modifying instruction and activities to meet the abilities of our students. Our teachers are certified special education professionals.

Therapeutic Education Program
Green Chimneys School academics are complemented by age-appropriate, therapeutic educational programs offered to students in all grades as part of their weekly class schedule. Many incorporate Green Chimneys’ unique nature-based approach, providing experiential learning and opportunities to develop important skills related to the care of and interaction with animals and plants. High School students earn 1/4 elective credits for these courses.

Clinical & Related Services
Green Chimneys School offers on-site clinical services and therapeutic support from staff professionals who help students develop a sense of understanding and individual uniqueness, as they gain the ability to apply what they learn at Green Chimneys to daily life.

Farm-Based Education
Green Chimneys was founded on the belief that children will benefit from their interaction with nature and animals. The Green Chimneys Farm & Wildlife Center is home to nearly 300 farm animals, unreleasable wildlife, horses and a small number of service dogs in training. As a core component of our programming for children with special needs, the main criteria for each animal’s presence are that they thrive in our care and play a supportive role in education and animal-assisted therapy for the children.

Vocational Education
Green Chimneys Students learn and practice a variety of employment and job skills as part of the “Learn and Earn” program, where they receive individual and group education, seek campus job assignments, and get paid—modestly—at an hourly rate. With assistance from a vocational counselor, classroom teachers and social workers, interested students voluntarily sign up for age-appropriate work assignments in various campus locations, including the Farm & Wildlife Center, dining hall, building and program offices, and Boni-Bel Farm & Country Store. Students work under the guidance and supervision of skill coaches on vocational task responsibilities that demand commitment and are designed to mirror those found in a community workplace.

Summer Programs
Green Chimneys School offers an engaging summer program at its Clearpool campus to support unique needs and help children succeed upon returning to school in the fall. Built on a strong academic schedule, summer sessions incorporate the fun of a traditional summer camp for school-age children who are experiencing emotional, behavioral, social and/or learning challenges. Programs and teaching methods emphasize academic, daily living, and social skills and are integrated into the Clearpool experience.

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