Kulanu Academy

Kulanu Academy is a school for students with special needs.  Students served are aged 11 through 21.  Our student body is varied in their needs and Kulanu is proud to offer a wide variety of programming to best meet the needs of all of their students.  Kulanu Academy offers various class sizes ranging from a 6:1:1 to a 12:1:1 ratio. Educational curricula cover areas ranging from life skills and communication to common core regents based instruction. Licensed therapists work with students across speech, occupational, and  physical therapies, while counselors  target emotional development as well as social skills.  Board certified behavior analysts work together with teachers and parents to increase socially significant behaviors and break down instruction to facilitate mastery.  Specialties of drama, art and adaptive physical education further support student goals across different modalities and add a level of excitement to our students’ day.  Students graduate from Kulanu and move on towards a variety of settings including university bachelor’s programs, associates programs, vocational opportunities and day habilitation programs.


Kulanu Academy’s Vocational Program, included in the school day, offers students a hands on experience in the community through vocational internships at over 100 businesses with whom we partner.  One-to one job coaches guide and support students in learning the vocational and social skills needed to secure and maintain employment in preparation for their next stage in life, all within the real world setting.  Upon identifying a desired career path, increased time spent within that career cluster affords students the opportunity to learn and generalize professional jargon and skills across multiple similar sites.  As they near graduation, our students have amassed experience within their chosen career, networked with various employers in their field of choice, as well as built a robust resume, increasing their employability.

About Us

Educational Program

Student writing in notebook

  

Kulanu Academy’s educational program serves the needs of children aged 11-21.  Kulanu’s students are placed in 1 of 5 unique programs, according to their academic ability as well as their social, emotional, and behavioral needs.  Kulanu Academy places great importance on students naturally connecting with each other to form meaningful social connections and use this principle when placing students within classes .

Clinical Therapeutic Services

Teacher working with a special needs student

  

Regardless of which academic program a child is placed in, all students access Kulanu Academy’s clinical therapeutic services.  Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Counseling are provided by licensed and experienced therapists in a warm and supportive environment.  Each service is delivered in a unique and meaningful setting, tailored to the targeted activity and desired outcome.

Vocational Training Program

Kulanu student working at a pet grooming business

 Our programming is rounded out by Kulanu Academy’s Vocational Training Program.  Kulanu’s 1:1 Job Coaches accompany and support students in their community based vocational internships.  Hands-on experiences at over 100 local business who partner with Kulanu, provide students with community integration exposure, while targeting vocational skill building in real world settings. 

Educational Program

Kulanu Academy offers academic programming to all students with special needs through its’s diverse and unique programming.  Students participate in one or more of the following programs based upon their needs and goals.


Middle School Integration Program

Kulanu Academy’s Middle School Integration Program is for students in grades 6-8.  This program is located in a General Education private school. Candidates include students requiring minimal support, who can benefit from social and/or academic integration.  Students’ individualized schedules can incorporate mainstreaming into academic, as well as non-academic activities, such as meal times, gym, recess, and club hour. These integrated activities create opportunities for Kulanu’s students to learn and play alongside their neuro-typical peers.

Participation in academic general education classes is established based upon a student’s level of ability within areas of strength.  These academic endeavors are supported through various types of assistance including shadowing, pre- and post-teaching, homework help, notes provided and  test preparation. Executive Functioning Skills of organization and time management, are targeted alongside academic and social goals.


High School Academic Development Program

High School aged students who are near grade level ability, participate in this academically focused program.   This class is co-taught by a general and special educator and is paced according to the needs of its’ participants. Students earn H.S. credit towards N.Y.S. graduation requirements as they seek to earn a Regent or Local diploma. This Regents based program provides students with academic support across all core subjects to assist students as they master new or challenging subject matter.

Kulanu Center for Special Services building
Kulanu Center for Special Services building

Clinical Therapeutic Services

Regardless of which academic program a child is placed in, all students access Kulanu Academy’s clinical therapeutic services.  Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Counseling are provided by licensed and experienced therapists in a warm and supportive environment.  Each service is delivered in a unique and meaningful setting, tailored to the targeted activity and desired outcome. 

Teacher and special needs student
Teacher and special needs student

Vocational Training Program

Our programming is rounded out by Kulanu Academy’s Vocational Training Program.  Kulanu’s 1:1 Job Coaches accompany and support students in their community based vocational internships.  Hands-on experiences at over 100 local business who partner with Kulanu, provide students with community integration exposure, while targeting vocational skill building in real world settings. 

Kulanu student working at a pet grooming business
Kulanu student working at a pet grooming business

Contact Kulanu Academy

Head of Schools

Dina Rosenberg, MA, BCBA, LBA


Kulanu Academy

620 Central Avenue, Cedarhurst, New York 11516, United States

516-569-3083 Ext. 328

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