Student Disability: Learning, Emotional Disabilities, Other Health Impairments
Student Age:14 to 21 years
The Iris Wolfson High School (IWHS) is a high school offering a comprehensive program that meets the academic requirements for attaining a high school diploma. IWHS is located in Greenvale, near the New York Institute of Technology and C.W. Post College. IWHS provides an environment that stimulates academic achievement, encourages self-reliance and motivates students to consider post secondary education.
IWHS's curriculum allows students to meet the credit requirements for a New York State Regents diploma or other state approved high school diploma. It follows the core of traditional course offerings for high school, including Math, English, Science, and Social Studies. IWHS also offers a large variety of elective courses such as Art, Music, Criminal Justice, Creative Writing and Philosophy. The curriculum follows the New York State Common Core Learning Standards. Additional courses teach key life skills needed to prepare for college and work through classroom instruction and community experiences. Interested seniors may enroll in selected college courses at Nassau Community College. Students can also avail themselves of vocational courses on a half day basis at Nassau BOCES' Joseph M. Barry Career & Technical Educational Center.
Intensive small group instruction and supervision is provided in IWHS's structured and supportive environment. Academic learning is reinforced with remedial help and supported by counseling services as mandated on the student's IEP. Academic assistance and motivation is provided in all areas of the program.
The IWHS Program is offered for students who have average or above-average intellectual potential and are capable of acquiring their high school diplomas. These students have experienced difficulty in relating to a traditional high school environment. They have also demonstrated considerable difficulty in peer and/or adult relationships. Comprehensive psychological services are available to all students in the program.
Programming has been developed to meet the more intensive academic and social needs of students classified as Other Health Impaired including students who have Asperger Syndrome. These classes have the same academic expectations and students who have demonstrated progress have the ability to mainstream into larger class size ratios within the school building.
Experienced special education teachers and content-area specialists staff the program. They are skilled in working with students whose needs make them eligible for the program.
The IWHS Program has an impressive record of success. Most students graduate with high school diplomas. More than half of the graduates have gone on to attend two or four-year colleges. Other graduates are employed and several have joined the service. Transition planning is provided to all students. Appropriate linkage is provided to community agencies and outside support agencies.