The Special Education Department offers a broad spectrum of classes and services that are highly specialized to meet the diverse needs of students with disabilities, as well as non-classified students in need of alternative school settings. Classes are offered for students ranging in age from 5 to 21 years in Eastern Suffolk BOCES centers, as well as inclusive settings in our component district buildings. All programs are dedicated to the ongoing enhancement of service to students with the goal of maximizing each student’s potential to achieve a productive and rewarding life. Programs are continually being refined to improve our services, and new programs and services are being developed based on identified need in the region.
Students enrolled in our district sites are provided with opportunities for inclusion in general education academic classes, special subject classes, and building-wide activities while receiving specialized support services and instruction from Eastern Suffolk BOCES.
- All programs are aligned with New York State curriculum standards and are designed to achieve appropriate educational outcomes for each student we serve. These outcomes include completion of a New York State Regents course of study, as well as academic, behavioral, and social skills development. These skills are developed along the continuum of student needs exhibited within the Eastern Suffolk BOCES area.
- All of our programs have received accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. We continue to work toward improving student outcomes through research and assessment of best practices and emerging trends in the field.
Elementary center-based sites focus upon the acquisition of social and behavioral needs while offering standards-based New York State curriculum. These programs also provide included classes within component district buildings for students who demonstrate readiness. Certain programs provide classes for students with disabilities that are cognitive, physical, neurological, or sensory in origin. Programs serve students of elementary age and are supported by a spectrum of related services.
- Masera Learning Center
- Sayville Academic Center
- Premm Learning Center
- Westhampton Beach Learning Center
- East Moriches Learning Center
- Masera Learning Center @ Paul J. Bellew Elementary School
- Premm Learning Center @ Craig B. Gariepy Elementary School
- Premm Learning Center @ Ridge Elementary School
- Sayville Academic Center @ Sherwood Road Elementary School
- Sayville Academic Center @ William Floyd Elementary School
- Westhampton Beach Learning Center @ Aquebogue Elementary School
Secondary center-based sites focus upon students’ social, behavioral, and academic needs within a standards-based New York State curriculum. Students may work toward Regents, local, or IEP diplomas depending on their specific needs. Certain programs provide services for students with disabilities that are cognitive, physical, neurological, or sensory in origin. Other programs provide intensive counseling services for students with psychiatric needs. Programs serve students at a secondary age and are supported by a spectrum of related services.
Secondary Included Sites
- Bellport Academic Center
- Islip Academic Center @ ICC
- Brookhaven Learning Center
- Jefferson Academic Center
- Centereach Academic Center
- Transition Services Program @ BLC
- Harry B. Ward Technical & Academic Center
- Islip Academic Center
- Westhampton Beach Learning Center
- Bellport Academic Center @ Eastport/South Manor Jr/Sr HS
- Brookhaven Learning Center @ Hauppauge HS
- Brookhaven Learning Center @ Samoset MS
- Jefferson Academic Center @ Longwood Jr. HS
- Jefferson Academic Center @ Oregon MS
- Premm Learning Center @ Longwood MS
- Westhampton Beach Learning Center @ Riverhead MS
- Westhampton Beach Learning Center @ Hampton Bays HS