How a BOCES works
BOCES provides numerous services to public school districts who indicate their interest through an annual "Letter of Intent." By going through a BOCES, these services allow the district to receive state aid back for these programs in the following school year. Each district's net aid is unique and determined by aid ratio formulas that factor the district's tax base.
Annually, over 35,000 students participate in Outdoor & Environmental Education programs...and that does not even include the large numbers of students on trips to local museums or those that go on trips to upstate centers for residential experiences in the outdoors.
Should a district choose not to got through a Letter of Intent, programs are often funded by their PTA or through a grant.
Suffolk and Private Schools:
We also serve Suffolk districts through cross-contracting as well as private and community-based groups.