Middle School Program:
Seaman Neck School
Christine Mack, Principal
Student Disability: Learning, Behavioral, Emotional and
Student Age: 10 to14 years
The Middle School Program provides experiences of growth and independence in a academic setting that is geared to meeting student-specific needs. A multidisciplinary team develops strategies to meet the goals and objectives of each students" Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Some of the younger students concentrate primarily on academics, following the New York State learning standards for each subject. Others work to develop life skills and build personal independence. Many older students experience differentiated scheduling in their academic classes. The middle school program also includes ninth-grade students who are expected to pursue a secondary program leading to a high school diploma.
The Seaman Neck Middle School can be found in a Levittown school district building located in Seaford. The Eagle Avenue Middle School is located in the West Hempstead school district. For the most part, these two middle schools offer a similar educational experience, although each middle school also offers some unique programs for selected students. Each middle school provides for students with a variety of educational needs. The classroom curriculum for our traditional middle school program includes reading, language arts, math, science and social studies, adapted to cognitive levels and learning styles. Students in this program are also involved in activities that enhance their community awareness.
Skills needed for appropriate social and emotional behaviors are integrated into the activities that encourage students to interact with their teacher and peers, and build critical thought processes and independence. In the Learning Center, computers and audiovisual devices are used to reinforce the classroom curriculum. Music and art activities are used to reinforce the classroom curriculum. Physical education provides a variety of individual and team sports as well as challenging activities through "Project Adventure."
The Middle School Program also offers these unique opportunities for learning:
Speech Collaborative: The Speech Collaborative program is an open classroom setting with two 9: 1: 2 classes. Team teaching is provided by a special education teacher and a speech teacher. Students in this program benefit from individual, large and small group instruction with speech and language remediation integrated in all curriculum content areas throughout the instructional day.
OHI Program: The OHI Program (Other Health Impaired) provides small class ratios (6: 1: 1) for students with more intense needs (Asperger"s Syndrome, Tourette"s Syndrome and additional disabilities). Students in this program are placed based on individual functioning levels and social/emotional needs. The instructional team is provided additional support through a consulting psychiatrist, where strategies and parent support are provided as needed.
The Seaman Neck School is located at 1100 Crestline Place, Seaford, NY 11798.
Sandra Arce, Assistant Principal