Day & Residential Programs

The Summit School at Nyack has two distinct but integrated programs, day and residential. While day and residential students attend the same classes and have similar schedules and support throughout the school day, each program has its own referral and admissions processes. Students are referred to the day or residential program by their home school district CSE in accordance with the level of structure and supervision that the student requires. While day students leave campus at the end of the school day, students in the residential program continue structured programming.

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A Place to Unplug

The ascent from childhood to adulthood is riddled with challenges. To students with social and emotional difficulties, the potential pitfalls may seem impossible to overcome. These students deserve the support of a specialized school and community to offer comfort, instill confidence, and deliver consistent support during these difficult times.

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Clinical Support

The Summit School at Nyack’s New York State licensed clinical professionals offer the support and expertise required to guide students towards their strengths and potential. Clinical staff focus on individual work with students and maintain strong contact with the staff working with each student to provide a coordinated therapeutic effort.

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Animal Care Program

The Summit School animal care program, also known as “Pets for Purpose” is a work program during the school day where students take on responsibilities such as caring for the animals, cleaning the barn area and just spending time outdoors. We have 2 dogs, 2 goats, 2 pigs, 2 ducks, 3 chickens, 1 bearded dragon and 1 turtle. This program also continues into a recreation program during after school hours. The students take the animals on hikes and also visit other schools, hospitals and nursing homes as well. The goal of the program is to try and be a positive force in the community and has been met with huge success. The animal program also motivates children to spend time outside and away from electronics. This is where every child is welcome and can experience success!

 

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Life After Graduation

The Summit School at Nyack maintains an ongoing commitment to cultivating job readiness skills, providing effective transition planning, and supplying preparation for post-school employment for all of our students. Through the years, we have found that many students enter Summit lacking many of the essential tools necessary in today’s modern work world.

TRANSITIONAL / VOCATIONAL SERVICES GUIDANCE & COLLEGE PLANNING

What our staff has to say:

  • We really want all sorts of options to be open to our students once they either transfer back to district or they graduate from here, our goal is to open as many doors for our students as we can.

    Jennifer Robertson - LMSW - Director of Care Coordination Nyack
  • Once a student is able to see that they are truly supported by you and how successful they can be when they learn to embrace that support, is what drives me because it is so incredible what strides you can make with that student from that moment forward.

    Kelly Cignarella - Special Education English Teacher
  • We create a world here that protects them, allows them to fall and pick themselves back up as many times as they need. Sometimes that creates a false sense of reality but for many it provides them the opportunity for growth and perseverance.

    Jacqueline Kinsley - School Counselor & CDOS Coordinator
  • If you look at how the students enter Summit and leave it’s been a complete change for most of them. From maturity to respect a lot of my former students have changed. I’d like to believe that we all have had our input in helping these struggling students become young adults.

    Jon Neiderman - Physical Education Teacher

Summit School provides a caring atmosphere with a deep commitment to the betterment of the students in our care. To create this atmosphere, we integrate:


Academic Services

The Summit School at Nyack operates under a charter from the New York State Board of Regents as a special education secondary school. We collaborate with school districts throughout New York State to provide special education services to emotionally fragile young adults.

Recreational Programming

Many students come to the Summit School at Nyack after long periods of unsuccessful school and social experiences. We believe that teaching students how to recreate in socially appropriate and productive ways is key to helping them gain confidence and independence. For that reason, we have created a dynamic and exciting recreational program designed for students to have fun and learn at the same time.

Intensive Individual Psychotherapy

The Summit School at Nyack’s New York State licensed clinical professionals offer the support and expertise required to guide students towards their strengths and potential. Clinical staff focus on individual work with students and maintain strong contact with the staff working with each student to provide a coordinated therapeutic effort.

Constructive Parent Communication

We partner with parents to learn more about what has and hasn’t worked for their child. We have supportive conversations with parents and the student about setting up behavioral expectations for home visits, and provide weekly updates to parents about their child’s functioning within the program.

Psychiatric Supervision

Our staff psychiatrist meets regularly with Summit’s residential students to investigate the appropriateness of psychopharmacological interventions and carefully monitor the student’s progression if medication is prescribed. Summit’s psychiatrist is an integral part of the students’ care as they provide ongoing support and knowledge to clinical staff and families.

Nutritional Counseling

A registered dietician is available for students to provide nutritional counseling and works with the Food Service Director to offer a variety of healthful eating choices – accommodating all alternative diets options that students may need.

Vocational Counseling

The Summit School at Nyack maintains an ongoing commitment to cultivating job readiness skills, providing effective transition planning, and supplying preparation for post-school employment for all of our students.

College Preparation

Summit students work with their families, clinical staff, teachers, and transition team to ascertain suitable colleges, vocational training programs, and/or supportive housing opportunities.

Transition Planning

We have developed both a hands on-job training program and classroom based coursework to teach necessary life skills. These practical experiences expose students to the skills required to search for, apply for, and maintain employment.

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Discover Our Be Campaign

The BE Campaign brings together Summit staff & students in various ways throughout the year to both reflect on and reflect to each other qualities that are considered important tools for personal wellness, happiness and success.

During the month of November, we want to encourage members of our community to communicate to bring awareness to all of the things that they are grateful for. Sometimes the most obvious things can be the easiest ones to take for granted. Let’s all work together to improve relationships within our community to create positive experiences. This practice will help to develop better habits which will lead toward positive change.