Tappan Hill School


Phyllis RizziAs principal of the Tappan Hill School, it is my pleasure to welcome you. It is our goal to help every student feel welcome and connected to the Southern Westchester BOCES-Tappan Hill community.

We recognize that in order to be successful in school, our students need support from both the home and school. A strong partnership with you will make a great difference in our students’ education. Together we will work to ensure students reach their full potential.

At Tappan Hill, we have 11 classes for students with special needs. Our classes concentrate on building academic, social/emotional and communications abilities and developing functional skills for all learners. Our school continues to be a team of very committed professionals with a common goal of providing high quality programs for all of our students.

Joining our Special Education PTA is a great way to get involved in our school community and meet other families. SEPTA, which is in its ninth year, supports parents and caregivers in becoming more informed, sharing knowledge about available resources, and talking about new and ever-changing rules and laws that impact our community.

I welcome your input. Please feel free to call or email me to discuss any concerns you might have. I look forward to working with you as a team to help all students at Tappan Hill meet their goals!

Best regards,

Phyllis Rizzi

Field Day 2020

News from our school

  • Meet our School Clinicians at Tappan Hill School!

    Click here to read the latest newsletter from the clinicians at Tappan Hill School, with articles on self care, life in the time of COVID-19 and several videos and helpful links.   

    Center for Special Services
  • Tappan Hill student's big brother raises funds for research

    A lemonade stand in Chappaqua raised funds for research into a rare condition that affects a student at our Tappan Hill School. The Examiner newspaper tells the story of the fundraising effort by the student's big brother. 

    Center for Special Services
  • A note regarding summer instruction

    Dear PPS Directors and Partners in Districts,

    In case you were unable to join us at yesterday’s SWBOCES PPS Directors’ meeting, we wanted to make you aware that after going through a process of considering the Governor’s latest executive order and whether it would be possible to provide in-person services in accordance with safety guidelines, we have determined that we need more planning time before opening our campuses.  Therefore, we will be offering ESY in a remote environment this summer.

    As we had previously shared in a letter to all districts, our program will run from July 6 – August 14. Summer hours for students are from 8:30am-2:00pm.

    We look forward to continuing to serve students and families.

    Best regards,
    Andrea Byrne and Jim Gratto

    Center for Special Services
  • We celebrate and thank our 2020 American Dreamer Award recipients

    Students in our Special Services programs rely on the support of a community that extends beyond our classrooms and campuses and into the cities, towns and villages of Southern Westchester. Each year we honor community partners whose extraordinary efforts make a meaningful difference in the lives of our students. We call these honors the "American Dreamer Awards." View the 2020 awards program here. Thank you for your support! 

    Center for Special Services
  • Special Services remote learning document updated

    The Remote Learning General Information document, attached here, has been updated at specialservices.swboces.org.

    Center for Special Services
  • Virtual Art Class "at" Valhalla Center

    See the photo linked here for a glimpse of what virtual art class looks like for students, teachers and aides in our Center for Special Services program from our Valhalla campus, where Leslie Handler is principal. So proud of our students and our instructional team!

    Center for Special Services
  • Holiday fun

    The Irvington High School student government organized a winter party just prior to the holiday break in December and enjoyed some festive fun.

    Center for Special Services
  • Relaxing with crafts

    Students in Stacey DiPaola’s and Arlene Mangialardi’s craft class have found a fun way to relax and foster their creativity.

    Center for Special Services
  • Students collect goods for homeless

    A number of homeless men were made more comfortable this winter in part due to the generosity of Susan Luria’s Home and Careers class at Irvington Middle School.

    Center for Special Services
  • Tappan Hill visits neighboring school

    See what fun Tappan Hill students had on their visit to Alice E. Grady Elementary School in Elmsford

    Center for Special Services
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