John A. Coleman School
The John A. Coleman School provides educational services for multiply disabled students with complex medical diagnoses. These students have mild to profound physical and cognitive challenges and respond to an innovative curriculum that utilizes a multi-sensory developmental approach. Our curriculum assists staff to design and implement appropriate educational programming tailored to the individuality of each student, and assesses each child's progress towards the New York State Learning Standards.
The curriculum allows for instruction in the classroom as well as in gym, music therapy, during cooking and library activities, on community trips, and during transitions to and from school. It is relevant for activity planning for the individual child as well as for small group experiences, always ensuring that each child progresses at his/her own rate and pace of learning. In addition, the family is an integral part of their child's education and is encouraged to participate in our school program.
The Coleman School does not discriminate based upon race, religion, gender, etc. and acknowledges, respects and nurtures the cultural and religious background of its students. To this end, exposure to significant events, holidays and religious customs are seen as an integral part of the curriculum.
Early Intervention programming is developed based upon the individual needs of each child, in collaboration with the family and under the guidelines of the City of New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Preschool services are made available for children who have or are suspected of having a disability pursuant to Section 4410 of Article 89 of the Education Law as determined by the Committee on Preschool Special Education of the local school district. School age services are offered as determined by the Committee on Special Education of the local school district. At the Coleman School, all programming is developed in collaboration with the child’s family.
Related services including counseling, occupational, physical, and speech / language therapies are presented by appropriately licensed and certified staff. Music therapy and adapted physical education are also available as part of the school program, as well as bedside instruction for those children who are unable to attend a classroom-based program.
The Coleman School celebrates the individuality of every child, and respects and nurtures the cultural and religious backgrounds of all its students and families. Special education services are at no direct cost to the families, since funding is provided through county taxes and state funds, earmarked for special education services. However, parents are responsible for arranging for and paying the costs of any childcare. While transportation may be provided, parents are encouraged to transport their own children and may be reimbursed at a rate per mile or a public service fare established by the municipality and approved by the Commissioner.
For further information about the John A. Coleman School, please contact the main school telephone number 646.459.3400, the Principal's office 646.459.3401, the Assistant Principal’s office 646.459.3402, or the office of the Director of School Psychological Services 646.459.3405.
Westchester Campus: The John A. Coleman School - White Plains Campus
Our curriculum is based on the New York Department of Education Learning Standards. The twelve classrooms on site at the school are organized and structured according to these Standards to provide a nurturing and safe environment. Our fundamental focus is to empower each child to achieve his or her greatest potential.
All teachers and assistants are certified by the New York State Department of Education; all teachers have attained a Master Level Special Education certification. Clinical professionals are trained in specialties such as neuro-developmental therapy (NDT), Sensory Integration and Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT techniques). Related services provided include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language therapy, vision therapy and counseling.
Contact Numbers: Principal - 914.597.4071
Early Intervention Coordinator - 914.597.4098
CPSE Evaluation Coordinator - 914.597.4095
Volunteer Office - 914.597.4022
Development Office - 914.597.4021
Donations can be made to our Let Us Build a House Capital Campaign, specific program initiatives, support general operations, or to the Uncle Artie Fund. To designate your donation or for further information please contact Brian Harrington in our Development Department at 646.459.3632 or via e-mail at email@example.com.