Pathway to Learning

Level: Elementary, Middle and High School (center or district-based programs)
Recommended Ratio: Elementary and Middle School (K-8) 6:1:2; High School 8:1:2

Students in this program:

  • have one or more mental health diagnoses.
  • may have experienced frequent psychiatric hospitalizations.
  • may have a significant history of trauma.
  • present with significant difficulty with self-regulation.
  • demonstrate significant difficulty establishing and maintaining relationships.
  • have significant difficulty with adult authority and classroom routines.
  • have difficulty with transitions.
  • have significant delays in social emotional development.
  • may exhibit aggressive and/or explosive behavior.
  • struggle academically because of their unavailability for learning due to their mental health needs.
  • ultimately could be working toward a Regents diploma or Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS).
  • require an intensive staff ratio in a highly structured classroom environment.
  • require counseling (social worker) per their IEP, crisis plans, Crisis Intervention Team availability, time-out area/mindfulness area for de-escalation and mental health support within the community and for their families.

Student Eligibility

Children are placed in BOCES special education programs at the direction of their local school district’s Committee on Special Education (CSE). CSE Teams, including the district CSE Chair, classroom teacher, parents, and service providers collaborate to develop an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for any student identified as requiring special education services. Contact your local school district’s CSE Chair for more information.

Learn more about our Special Education programs

Caralee Kardash, Director of Special Education
Phone: 518-464-6310
caralee.kardash@neric.org