Mt. Vernon High School, Special Education Department
100 California Road
Mt. Vernon, New York 10552
Contact Person: John R. Moccio, School Counselor, Special Education
Kim Smith & Lucy Rodriguez-Oyala, Co-Supervisors, Special Education
Phone Number: (914) 665-5256,  (914) 665-5314
Fax Number: (914) 665-5363
Web address:  
Number of Yrs in Service: 26 years

Our mission is to raise the knowledge, skills, and opportunity of all people- students, parents, teachers, and staff- in Mount Vernon High School. In order to accomplish this mission we will maintain alignment of state standards with current curriculum, address the educational and social needs of all students, provide quality professional development for faculty and staff, and expect both parents and the outside community to be actively involved throughout the entire school year. Moreover, students who graduate from Mt. Vernon High School will possess and be able to use the following skills:
*To think critically and creatively,
*To read, write, speak and compute effectively,
*To demonstrate the ability to make the transaction from school to work,
*To have the skills necessary for successful completion of post-secondary education,
*To understand themselves, their heritage and its place in history and the world,
*To appreciate others and act responsibly in a global society,
*To function effectively as individuals and as part of a team in the community and in the workplace.


 Disabilities Served:

Hearing Impaired   Visually Impaired  
Emotional / Psychiatric x Traumatic Brain Injured
Developmental Disabilities x Physical Disabilities x
Learning Disabilities x Autism x
Medically Fragile    
Other Disabilities: Plus other Health Impaired
Grades 9 to 12 (or Aging Out - 21.g)
Ages 13 to 21.g

Ages Served:

0 to 5   22 to 65  
(13 to 21.g) x 65 and over  
Grades 9 to 12
or Aging Out (21.g)

Recreation Services Provided:

Arts   Team Sports  
Biking   Tennis  
Camps   Theater  
Dance   Videography  
Horseback Riding   Wheelchair Sports  
Martial Arts   Writing  
Music   Yoga  
Social   Swimming  
Other Recreation:


Education Services Provided:

Early Intervention   High School (ages 13 to 21.g) x
Pre-School   Post Secondary  
Elementary/Middle School   Pre-Vocational  
Professional   Assessments  
Other Education: 465 classified students with a current Individual Education Plan (I.E.P.) (2005 -06 school year)


Transportation Services Provided:

Public x Travel Training  
Other Transportation: Students receiving f. t. Special Education Services in the "Life Skills II and I" Classes for Developmentally Disabled, M.R. and Orthopedically Impaired (Cerebral Palsy) and Autism - approx. 50 students


Housing Services Provided:

Group Homes   Supported Apartments  
Other Housing:


Legal / Support / Advocacy Services Provided:

Guardianship   Assessments  
Pooled Trusts   Disability Rights Advocacy  
Supplemental Needs Trust   Disability Support Groups  
School Advocacy   Sexuality Awareness Counseling  
Other Legal / Support / Advocacy Services:

Medical Services Services Provided:

Clinical Services Counseling* x Nutrition Counseling  
Dental   Psychiatric Psychological Services  
Adaptive Technology * x Speech Therapy * x
Occupational Therapy * x Physical Therapy * x
Other Medical Services: *Only if included in the I.E.P. or the X504 plan

Vocational Services Services Provided:

Diagnostic Vocational Evaluation   Sheltered Employment  
Vocational Training   Supported Employment  
Pre-Vocational Training * x Competitive Employment  
Vocational Counseling * x Occupational Training x
Other Vocational Services: * if student takes courses
                   Community Day Services Provided:
Day Habilitation   Drop In Centers  
Day Treatments   Psychosocial  
    Pre Employment  
    Supported Education