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The Jesse J. Kaplan School

The Jesse J. Kaplan School offers a stimulating learning environment for students ages 5-22 with autism, cognitive disabilities, medical fragility and/or multiple disabilities. Students reach their potential in a school that blends high educational standards, nursing services and therapies.

Extensive therapeutic and augmentative state-of-the-art services are provided across all ability levels. Art, music, physical education and swimming are offered each week. Additionally, a state-of-the art Hydroworx pool can be accessed for therapeutic support. Each class also benefits from weekly speech and occupational therapy lessons which are part of the program model. Parent support, training groups and transition meetings are offered regularly to families, both during and after school hours. Teaching independence is a priority as students gain the skills necessary to actively participate in a variety of adult programs after age 22. At the Jesse J. Kaplan School, high school students reach their potential within nationally recognized programs that blend high educational standards, innovative curriculum and therapies in a safe, supportive and caring environment.

Our Programs

School-Wide Academic Program Features:

  • Student goals are derived from team meetings that include parent input
  • Data-driven teaching strategies are tailored to meet the individual needs of each student
  • Curriculum includes sight word, phonics and balanced literacy programs; multi-sensory and functional math programs; handwriting programs; weekly art and music instruction; and, adaptive physical education that includes swimming
  • An array of assistive technologies, such as Tap-it® boards, iPads and augmentative communication devices, are integrated with instruction
  • Research-based methodologies, including Applied Behavior Analysis, PROMPT, Picture Exchange Communication System, discrete trial teaching and functional behavioral analysis, are implemented by a highly trained staff


Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)ACCES-VR and Mental Health Association of Rockland

Student House living room

Student House

 This fully-renovated learning and living space was created to support Kaplan Community Development Center (KCDC) students, Jesse J. Kaplan School students and Rockland BOCES District-Based learners as they develop independent living skills prior to transition into adult services. 

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Safety City cross walk and buildings

Safety City

A first-of-its kind installation in the Hudson Valley, Rockland BOCES Safety City creates opportunities for students with disabilities to gain life skills for greater independence in adulthood in a contained, controlled environment.

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The Jesse J. Kaplan School

65 Parrott Road, Building #9
West Nyack, NY 10994
(845) 627-4797

Sheila Hudson
Principal, Social Communications and TEAMS programs

Amanda Celentano
Assistant Principal, Social Communications and TEAMS programs

Jennifer Solomon
Principal, VISTA Program

Dana Manna
Assistant Principal, VISTA Program

Contact our Family Resource Center

Student Profile:

Students ages 5-22 with autism, developmental disabilities, medical fragility and/or multiple disabilities who require a center-based program. All Kaplan students are alternately assessed.