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Special needs kids learn to repair bikes, work in cafes
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PS Q811 is a school where the leadership is liked and where 100 percent of teachers say they would recommend this school to other families, surveys report.
The school, which serves over 400 1st-12th graders, is located nine sites across Queens. The school population is comprised of students with cognitive delays, autism, or multiple disabilities. The attendance rate for the 2015-2016 school year was 87.8 percent, according to the Comprehensive Education Plan (CEP). Also key to note is that the quality of teaching at the school is good, based on the 2016Quality Review.
We read in the Quality Review that at the main site, students are provided with pre-vocational training opportunities at 18 school-based worksites including related to building maintenance, composting, bicycle repair, and cafe service. Also while in school, students participate in classroom activities that relate to their pre-vocational studies. For example, an exercise was conducted where students were asked to demonstrate their employability skills
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ADMISSIONS: Citywide. PS Q811 is part of District 75, a network of 69 schools dedicated to New York Citys students with disabilities who require increased attention. District 75 provides educational, vocational, and behavioral support programs for students who are on the autism spectrum, have significant cognitive delays, are significantly emotionally challenged, have a sensory impairment or have multiple disabilities. (Katie Safter & Hugo Segal, web reports, August 2017)Read more