Special Education

Fox Meadow Middle School / High School

The Fox Meadow campus is a small yet unique educational setting that allows students from all backgrounds and school districts to come together and learn in a supportive and therapeutic environment.  Many of our students have behavioral, social emotional, and/or learning challenges that have prevented them from succeeding in their home district.  At Fox Meadow, we strive to provide our students with the educational programs and supports they need to achieve their goals.  Our classrooms have a small teacher-student ratio which promotes relationship building among teachers and students and provides increased opportunities for individualized attention.

The Fox Meadow campus serves students in grades 7 through 12 with a variety of social, emotional and learning needs. Fox Meadow has several programs to meet the needs of students from various districts who have Individual Education Plans (IEPs), 504 Plans, as well as those transferring in from general education programs. We are located in a quiet residential neighborhood on the BOCES’ Fox Meadow campus, off Route 132 in Yorktown Heights.

Teachers are dually credited in content areas and special education. Group and individual counseling is woven into the school week, with services provided by a school social worker or school psychologist. In addition, behavior specialists are on-site. Occupational, physical and speech language therapy are also available for students who need these supports. The Fox Meadow students follow the same Common Core-aligned curriculum as students in local school districts and, in some instances, return to their home district.  

Some of the programs offered at Fox Meadow include:

The Learning Center Program

This program offers instruction in academics and positive behaviors as well as related services for students with social, emotional and behavioral disabilities. The Learning Center program is available to middle school and high school students in an 8:1:1 (student: teacher: teaching aide) educational model with clinical support provided for all students. Social skills development, including skills specific to emotional and behavioral regulation, are integral and woven into the daily program.

The Regional Alternative High School

This school serves students who have been recommended by a high school counselor or the Committee on Special Education. It provides a structured, supportive environment and individualized instruction to help students fulfill the academic requirements for graduation.

The Tech Center

Career and Technical Education is available for Fox Meadow students through the Tech Center, which offers courses in 40 areas such as automotive repair, advertising art and design, engineering, cosmetology, fashion design, and law enforcement.

Back on Track:
An Alternative to Out-of-School Suspension

No one wants to see a student suspended from school. The suspended student misses valuable classroom time and receives no guidance or counseling that could help prevent future suspensions. That's why Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES created the Back-on-Track program as an educational alternative to long-term, out-of-school suspension.

The Back on Track program provides students in grades 7 through 12 with instruction and tutorials in Science, Mathematics, English, and Social Studies. In addition, students receive counseling from Student Assistance Services, which focuses on substance abuse prevention and intervention. Students also engage in goal setting and learn decision-making strategies to assist them in their transition back to their home school districts or other settings

ITSP (7-12):

The PNW BOCES Intensive Therapeutic Support Program (ITSP) for Secondary students is for students in grades 7-12 needing a temporary placement while transitioning to or from an alternate school placement such as a hospital, out-of-district placement, or home instruction. ITSP is a supportive, stable, therapeutic learning environment for students experiencing temporary, acute emotional crises. The goal of the program is for students to be able to become ready to re-enter their home school, or enter an appropriate program, with a comprehensive plan for transition and maintenance in that target setting. There is an additional Kindergarten through 6th grade ITSP program located on our Walden campus.


For more information, please contact:
Dr. Nicole Ginexi