The mission of the Jean Black School is to provide comprehensive services, advocacy, and assistance to students who have developmental disabilities, and to enable them to develop the skills necessary to attain the highest level of self-esteem, independence, productivity, and self-direction.
We have the capacity to serve 51 children between the ages of 5 and 21 years. Each classroom at The Jean Black School is able to enroll 9 students, and is staffed by a teacher, and 3 to 7 teacher aides depending on the needs of the students. School age programs for K-2 are available at our New Windsor site.
The program is highly structured and staff is trained to provide services according to the individual idiosyncrasies, learning styles, and medical and personal needs of each student. Staff is assigned to students on varied rotating schedules which enable the students to learn and interact with a number of personalities, as they would in the community.
The program employs a "whole language" model. Many of our students are non-verbal; therefore information is presented to them verbally, in sign language, and through pictorial icons. We are knowledgeable about most developmental and educational techniques and will utilize any tool, technique, or educational philosophy that a student will react to positively. The student is the "captain" of our ship and we will navigate the calmest and most direct route available to our mutually desired destination.
All of our classrooms have computers as students seem to focus better sometimes on these controllable "TV" screens. The curriculum of the school includes: Reading, writing, mathematics, science, geography, biology, social studies, adaptive physical education, and music as appropriate to the student's capabilities.