The special education department offers a variety of programs designed to meet the academic, social, physical, and management needs of students with disabilities. Referrals are made in writing to building principals and placements are made by the CSE (Committee on Special Education). Recommendations to specific programs are based on the students’ needs and are in the most appropriate educational setting. 


    Secondary Special Education Program

    Students with special needs are provided with individualized education programs and services. The programs are challenging and designed to ensure student achievement and success within our school community. The programs listed below are offered by the Massapequa School District after individual recommendations have been made by the Committee on Special Education (CSE). 

    • Related Services: Classified students may be eligible for a variety of related services which include occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, counseling and services for the visually and hearing impaired.

    • Resource Room Program: A special education program for a student with a disability registered in either a special class or regular class who is in need of specialized supplementary instruction in an individual or small group setting for a portion of the school day. A student shall receive no less than three hours of instruction per week in such program, which is provided outside of the class.

    • Special Class/Integrated Setting (Co-Taught Model): A special class that is comprised of both students with special needs and their typical peers and is taught by both a general and special education teacher.

    • Special Class: A class consisting of students with disabilities who have been grouped together because of similar individual needs for the purpose of being provided specially designed instruction.
      • Self-Contained:  12:1:1 Class, small structured classes leading to a high school diploma
      • Community & Career Connections:  12:1:2 Class, students work on functional academics, pre-vocational skills, job coaching, internships, and community experiences (i.e. travel training and banking).

    Students who are developmentally disabled follow a course of instruction which leads to the Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential for Students with Severe Disabilities. 


    Vocational Training 

    When appropriate, students may enter vocational training programs. These include programs offered through the Levittown Occupational Educational Program at the Gerald R. Claps Career and Technical Center, Nassau Board of Cooperative Education Center (Barry Tech) and Nassau BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts. 



    SECTION 504

    Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 protects all students who have a qualifying physical or mental disability that substantially limits one or more major life activities (i.e. learning, reading, hearing, breathing).

    Students with disabilities who do not qualify for special education services may qualify for assistance and support under Section 504.

    Initial eligibility is determined after a comprehensive evaluation. A 504 Accommodation Plan is designed for each qualified student according to individual need and may include a variety of accommodations (i.e. extended time on tests, taking tests in a smaller or separate location, after school Academic Coaching Program). 

    Any questions about Section 504 eligibility should be directed to your child's building principal or the 504 Compliance Officer, Danielle Helfand, at (516) 308-5051.