The Special Education Department offers a variety of programs designed to meet the academic, social, emotional, physical, and management needs of students with disabilities. Referrals are made in writing to the Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel Services:

    Dr. Jordan McCaw
    Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel Services
    (516) 308-5051

    Placements are made by the Committee on Special Education (CSE). Recommendations to appropriate programs are made in the least restrictive environment based on students’ strengths and needs. All secondary level students participate in general education classes, to the maximum extent appropriate, in the academic areas and have the opportunity to participate in courses in the foreign language, physical education, art, music, technology and home and careers departments. Most secondary level students with disabilities in Massapequa participate in a departmentalized program. At both the middle and high school levels, each student has a special education teacher assigned as his or her case manager. This teacher, through ongoing communication with the mainstream teachers, the student’s parents, and the other special education department members, provides a source of support for the student.

    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 may include occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, counseling and services for the visually and hearing impaired.

    • Resource Room Program: Resource Room Services on the secondary level consists of identification and diagnostic assessment, and direct individualized, small group instruction in strategic behaviors that students need to master concepts and information. These include time management skills, organization skills, priority goal setting, appropriate study skills, academic reinforcement, and communication skills. Transfer of the skills or strategies acquired to the academic demands of general education setting is provided. Students are prepared to become self-advocates in expressing academic needs and are aided in identifying and utilizing services to support academic needs. Ongoing consultation with regular education teachers is an integral part of these services.
    • Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) Services: This model pairs a special education teacher and a certified content area teacher (i.e. English, math, science, social studies) to team-teach Regents curriculum to students with disabilities. All secondary level students participate in general education classes, to the maximum extent appropriate, in the academic areas and have the opportunity to participate in courses in the foreign language, physical education, fine arts, music, and practical arts departments.

    • Special Classes: The secondary special education classes are non-categorical and currently serve students who are classified as being disabled through the Committee on Special Education. Students are grouped according to similarity of need and as of the four grouping criteria - levels of academic achievement, social development, physical development, and management needs. The 8:1:4 and 12:1:2 ratio special classes for students with intensive needs have been developed for students with developmental disabilities. The 8:1:4 classes are staffed by one certified teacher and 4 teaching assistants. There are no more than eight students per class roster and the age span between the youngest and oldest student is less than or equal to 36 months. The 12:1:2 classes are staffed by one certified teacher and 2 teaching assistants. The 12:1:1 ratio special class have no more than twelve students per class roster, one teacher and 1 teaching assistant. These classes lead to a high school diploma or other exiting credential. Support classes are also offered as part of these programs. It should be noted that some students receive a combination of services (e.g., integrated co-teaching and special class) based on their needs and learning difficulties. Students who are developmentally disabled follow a course of instruction which leads to the Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential for Students with Severe Disabilities. 




    When appropriate, students may enter vocational training programs. These include programs offered through Nassau Board of Cooperative Education Center (Barry Tech) and Nassau BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts.  



    SECTION 504

    Massapequa Union Free School District prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of disability in all aspects of its programs and services. In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Massapequa School District provides appropriate accommodations for students who have a mental or physical disability that results in a substantial limitation of a major life activity. Parents who suspect their child may be eligible for accommodations under Section 504 may make a referral to the child's building principal who shall serve as the 504 chairperson or to the 504 Compliance Officer as listed below:

    Ms. Danielle Helfand
    Executive Assistant for Pupil Personnel Services/504 Compliance Officer
    (516) 308-5051