Communication and Academic Development - CAD

Communication and Academic Development Program (CAD) NYS Alternately Assessed

This program is offered to students who require small group instruction in a therapeutic setting. Students in this program primarily present with mental health challenges that significantly interfere with the students' ability to be educated and supported within a typical general education classroom environment.  Students' needs are met through highly structured classroom settings with counseling and instructional supports.  At the secondary level, the program provides students with transition services and supports.

TSP /CAD Grades K-5  CoSer 231.300

Student Teacher Ratio 8:1:1

CAD Grades 6-12 CoSer 230.100

Student Teacher Ratio 12:1:1


Included Related Services

* Speech/Language Services Group 1 x week

* Consultant Guidance Counselor Services


Direct OT, PT, nursing, speech, counseling (additional) or other related services as per student IEP are billed to districts in addition to tuition costs.

Career Training

Where appropriate, alternately assessed (NYSAA) high school students may attend half day career preparation programs, to meet the requirements for attaining the Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential (SKILLS).

This program is offered through the Center for Career Services, at no additional charge to the district

Districts are responsible for providing transportation services for students to be able to attend programs located at the Career Services Center in Valhalla.  Southern Westchester BOCES can provide transportation services for a fee that would be billed separately to participating districts.

Location Supervisors and Contact Information

Phyllis Rizzi, Principal Tappan Hill School:   (914) 366-2575

Leslie Handler, Principal Valhalla Center:  (914) 761-3400