The 4201 Schools Association, which serves students who are blind, deaf and severely physically disabled is welcoming students back to campuses across New York State. Students reunite with their peers, teachers and other school staff to begin the 2019-20 academic year.

The Association’s 10 member schools marked the start of the new school year with the release of a video featuring the achievements of the Class of 2019 that is captioned and set to music.

Click here to view the video.


Dr. Bernadette Kappen, executive director of the New York Institute for Special Education, and chair of the 4201 Schools Association said, “With another successful year behind us, we look forward to the future, and the opportunities we’re able to provide to our students in order for them to achieve independence and success both in the classroom and beyond. We welcome back students of all ages and look forward to another year full of learning, creativity, discovery and enjoyment.”

4201 Association schools will celebrate the first days of classes on the following dates:

September 4, 2019:

  • Henry Viscardi School (Albertson, Nassau County)
  • Lexington School for the Deaf (Queens, New York City)
  • New York Institute for Special Education (Bronx, New York City)
  • Rochester School for the Deaf (Rochester, Monroe County)
  • Mary’s School for the Deaf (Buffalo, Erie County)

September 5, 2019:

  • Cleary School for the Deaf (Nesconset, Suffolk County)
  • Lavelle School (Bronx, New York City)
  • New York School for the Deaf (White Plains, Westchester County)
  • Francis de Sales School for the Deaf (Brooklyn, New York City)
  • Joseph’s School for the Deaf (Bronx, New York City)

The 4201 Schools Association represents 10 private, state-supported schools that serve blind, deaf or severely physically disabled students. The “4201 schools” are so known because of the section of New York State Education Law (§4201) that grants their funding. Students in 4201 schools receive a quality education in a supportive and challenging setting from teachers and staff with specialized training and experience. Students develop emotional, social and cognitive abilities that are crucial to their success. The schools also provide extracurricular activities, leadership opportunities and mentoring.