Welcome to the Center for Special Services!

Southern Westchester BOCES Center for Special Services programs support the needs of students with disabilities by offering specialized instruction tailored to the learning needs, individualized educational plans and life goals of each student. Our six school programs offer environments in which social emotional and academic learning are integrated so that students develop confidence, self-esteem, self-reliance, and resiliency. We believe a growth mindset is the key to progress.

Our classrooms feature small staff-to-student ratios that provide for individualized support and attention. Staff and students develop positive learning communities where students can connect with peers and form friendships.

Our curriculum is aligned with New York State and Next Generation standards which aids in a smooth transition when students may be ready to return to their home districts.  Our instructional professionals implement a comprehensive program that accounts for unique student learning styles and needs. Programs are therapeutic in nature and build in positive behavior supports and reinforcement.

Our clinicians and related service providers include psychologists, social workers, school counselors, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, teachers of reading and the deaf and visually impaired and crisis intervention specialists. Transition is a primary focus so school counselors and social workers support students and families in planning and readiness for returning to district or post-secondary experiences, including adult programming, vocational placements and college or career training. Our  work with families is paramount to our students’ success. We partner with them in navigating community supports and services.

The Center is comprised of six schools on five campuses. Each program serves a diverse group of students ages 5-21 and offers opportunities in the visual arts, music instruction, technology, and physical education. Students also participate in health and wellness learning, community trips, and activities that build social skills.

 

News from our schools

  • Scarsdale third-graders visit Tappan Hill after hosting visits this school year

    On Tuesday, June 18, after many visits to Scarsdale’s Edgewood Elementary School, students and staff welcomed Miss Brown and her third grade class to Tappan Hill School! Students and staff from Tappan Hill greeted the group from Scarsdale and led them in various activities during their visit. Special thank you to the Tappan Hill team, Dr. Connally for joining us ,  Miss Brown and the trip chaperones, and of course the students of Scarsdale and Tappan Hill for making this such an enriching experience!

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  • 13 students honored in emotional commencement

    Tappan Hill School graduation ‘Not the end but a beginning’

    The Tappan Hill School community honored 13 students, four of whom graduated from programs there and will pursue new challenges and adventures elsewhere. Meanwhile, nine students will move up to new programs next school year.

    “Over the years I have recognized what a monumental moment graduation is,” Principal Phyllis Rizzi told a packed gymnasium decorated for the commencement. “It’s the celebration of our students' hard work, determination and spirit. It’s a testament to the dedication of not only our staff but you, the families.”

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  • Teachers reflect on students' success as new challenges await

    Valhalla Center graduates lauded for their accomplishments and character

    Everyone at the Valhalla Center graduation had a smile on their face, reflecting the character of the three young men being honored. One by one, teachers shared how thoughtful each graduate was and their pride in their accomplishments.

    “Your children worked really hard to reach this day,"  Principal Leslie Handler said. “We are all excited to see what you will do next."

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  • Milestone marks a ‘time to reflect’ as high school lies ahead

    Middle school students at SWBOCES’s Irvington location move up

    Eighth-grade students in Southern Westchester BOCES’ Therapeutic Support Program at Irvington High School are ready for the next chapter in their lives. In a touching moving up ceremony, students were joined by their families as they celebrated the completion of their middle school journey.

    News Feed - Irvington High School
  • Tappan Hill students visit Muscoot Farm

    Students in Teacher Linda Liebman's class at Tappan Hill School visited Muscoot Farm, a Westchester County-owned interpretive farm museum in Somers operated by the county's Department of Parks and Recreations. Muscoot Farm features live animals, farmhouses and facilities replicating an early 20th century farm operation.

    News Feed - Tappan Hill
  • Tappan Hill celebrates Field Day

    Tappan Hill School students and staff celebrated Field Day on what was a perfect spring day, with engaging activities and fun games.  View more photos here.

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  • Each left an imprint on the program that will be remembered, staff say

    St. Matthew’s School honors five graduates for their hard work and achievement

    Classmates serenaded, families cheered and educators applauded five graduates of the St. Matthew’s School Class of 2024 at a heartwarming ceremony for their milestone achievement. “These students have worked very hard to get to this day,” Principal Leslie Handler said.

    News Feed - St. Matthews
  • Eight students awarded for traits that will serve them in the future

    Rye Lake High School graduates’ lauded for determination, will be missed

    The achievements and growth of the members of the Rye Lake Campus High School Class of 2024 have been nothing short of remarkable, Principal Eric Ford told them before an audience of family members and educators. “Over the past year you have shown resilience and commitment to your education,” Mr. Ford said. “The world is filled with possibilities, and it is up to you to carve out your path...We are truly going to miss you,” he added.

     

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