Welcome to the 2018-19 school year. I am excited to continue as principal of the Irvington High School/Middle School 7-12 TSP and AIIM Programs. This year is filled with great opportunities for our students within the host district. As part of my role, I will continue to build relationships and collaborate with host district personnel and strive to build and create optimal programs to meet the needs of all students.
This year Irvington High School will host seven classes in grades 7-12. The TSP and AIIM programs are designed to provide academic and social/emotional support to students and to help them develop the necessary skills needed to earn a Regents, Advanced Regents, or Local diplomas and/or a CDOS Credential and to meet success in their post-secondary lives. The students in our TSP Program present with the following needs; they may require small group instruction in a therapeutic setting; primarily present with mental health challenges that significantly interfere with the their ability to be educated and supported within a typical general education classroom environment. The students in the AIIM Program are provided a highly structured classroom environment designed to support the behavioral, executive functioning and academic needs of students on the Autism Spectrum.
Because of our lower student-to-staff ratios of 12:1:1 and 8:1:1, educational programs may be individualized and/or modified to meet the needs of each student. Our experienced staff believes in helping all students to reach their full potential. Students may have the opportunity to enroll in mainstream classes and/or activities at the high school level if the program psychologist, academic staff and principal determine that they demonstrate the capacity to independently and successfully navigate in a general education classroom.
We are all happy to once again have the opportunity to work with each and every student in our charge. As a program based in a general education setting, we are committed to working collaboratively with all stakeholders so that students may grow and meet success.
I am honored to work with such staff, families and districts. My door is always open to address any questions or concerns or to hear your input.
Looking forward to a successful year,