The Schools Association’s Mission
To enhance and advocate for the education and future of New York’s children with low-incidence disabilities. Each school has its own board of directors and receives financial support for operations and programming from the New York State Department of Education.
In 1947, New York lawmakers enacted legislation designating certain schools to serve the special education needs of children who are deaf, blind and/or severely physically disabled. The 4201 schools – so known because of the specific provision of the Education Law (§4201) where the schools are listed – have been providing unique and appropriate educational and related services to students with low-incidence disabilities in New York State for nearly 200 years.
There are currently 10 private, state-supported 4201 schools across New York State. 4201 schools are not merely an educational option for children with low-incidence disabilities, the schools are often the most constructive learning environment. Students in 4201 schools receive a quality education in a supportive and challenging learning setting from teachers and staff with specialized training and experience. Students in 4201 schools develop emotional, social and cognitive abilities that are crucial to their success. The schools also provide extracurricular activities, leadership opportunities and mentoring.
The education received at 4201 schools has led to scores of graduates, many receiving Regents diplomas, scholarships and acceptance into many colleges and vocational programs. The education has also prepared students for the workforce, with many graduates securing jobs in the local community.
The 4201 Schools Association is comprised of 10 state-supported schools across New York State. The Association was created through the coordinated collaboration of each of the schools.
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For more information on a specific 4201 school, please click on the links below:
Schools educating New York’s students who are physically disabled and health impaired:
Schools educating New York’s students who are blind, visually impaired and/or has multiple disabilities:
Schools educating New York’s children who are deaf and hard-of-hearing:
- Cleary School for the Deaf
- Lexington School for the Deaf
- New York School for the Deaf (Fanwood)
- Rochester School for the Deaf
- St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf
- St. Joseph’s School for the Deaf
- St. Mary’s School for the Deaf