Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year at St. Matthew’s school.
We are fortunate to be located in downtown White Plains, which gives us the ability to be a community-based school program with all of the opportunities that this great city has to offer.
This year at St. Matthews we will have 4 high school classes and 1 middle school class. The high school classes include three TSP-DD classes and one AIIM class. Our middle school class is part of the AIIM program. The high school program will continue to have departmentalized classes in the morning. Each student will participate in a schedule that includes: ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, Cooking, Office Skills and Activities of Daily Living and Social Skills.
As the students transition to their different classes, they are able to interact and learn from all of the teachers in the high school. A major focus of our curriculum is the ability for our students to work as interns at our many job site locations. Some of these sites include: Old Navy, Pizzeria Uno, Visiting Nurse Services, The Power Authority, maintenance activities at St. Matthews and the Mamaroneck Avenue Deli. In each of these settings, the students are able to put into practice the skills which they are learning during their instructional day. Our Middle school class continues to learn and practice vocational skills within our school building so that they will be ready to transition to community internships as they move up to the high school.
We will continue to integrate our academic skills along with our community experiences by visiting community locations to increase our knowledge of local government and community services. All of our classes have the ability to take advantage of being located in downtown White Plains. This includes using the local YMCA for our physical education classes as well as shopping, travel training and of course, eating in all of the delicious local restaurants.
The staff at St. Matthews is looking forward to a rewarding and highly productive school year. I continue to be fortunate to be the principal of this wonderful school program, and I look forward to working with your child to achieve his or her goals.
Please be sure to check out our school website so that you can stay up to date with all of the great activities and learning opportunities occurring here at St. Matt's. Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Leslie Handler, Principal
SW BOCES, St. Matthew’s School