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  Program Description


Rosanna Grund
Director of Special Education
P:  (315) 453-4467

All Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES classes are operated in compliance with the Commissioner's Regulations Part 200. OCM BOCES offers a wide range of educational alternatives for students with varying degrees of cognitive, emotional and physical disabilities. Our programs emphasize helping students to develop their full potential and function as independently as possible. Where feasible, students are educated with non-disabled peers and in the least-restrictive environment.



  Special Education Programs


Scaffolding Kids Abilities Through Education
The SKATE (Scaffolding Kids Abilities Through Education) program for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder provides comprehensive education and psycho-therapeutic assistance.  The program utilizes the TEACCH model that provides a clearly organized, structured and modified environment with an emphasis on visual learning modalities.  The curriculum is individualized for each student.  Psychotherapeutic intervention and family support is an integral part of the SKATE program. Classroom configuration is 12:1:3:1.

The Stellata program is designed for students with cognitive and learning deficits whose behavior significantly impacts their learning and success.  The program provides an increased focus on behaviors and skills needed for learning, social interactions, and vocational endeavors.  A school psychologist and school counselor provide support as needed. Classroom configuration is 12:1:3:1  


Skills Toward Adult Responsibility
The STAR program (Skills Toward Adult Responsibility) is designed for students who have a variety of disabilities. Curriculum is designed following New York State learning standards and is specially designed to meet individual needs of the student.
Based on a student's IEP,  work-based instruction and living skills may be a part of the program.  Classroom configuration is 12:1:1 

Towards Educational Achievement for the Multiply Disabled
The TEAM (Towards Educational Achievement for the Multiply Disabled) program is designed for students who have severe multiple disabilities that impact their physical and cognitive development.  Students are provided programming that will encourage the development of life skills and increase independent functioning.  A full array of related services and other accommodations and supports are available as necessary. Classroom configuration is 12:1:3:1. 


Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program
This program serves children with a hearing loss who require support beyond the general education classroom setting. Educational options vary depending on the needs of the student but range from placement in a general educational classroom with support to a full classroom with a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing. 

Students with Emotional Disabilities
These programs serve students whose management and emotional needs are determined to be highly intensive.  These programs provide individual students with a range of therapeutic interventions to best match their emotional and behavioral needs.  Counseling services for all students are included.  The students receive academic classroom programming in conjunction with the psychotherapeutic interventions. 


AHSEP (formerly known as the GED program),  is open to students with a variety of educational needs who are at least 16 years old, have at least 8th-grade reading and math levels and who have earned less than 12.5 credits for graduation.  The goal of the program is to prepare the students for the GED examinations.  This is a half-day program.  

This program  focuses on students who are between the ages of 17 and 21, who are NYSAA eligible and working towards the Skills and Achievement Credential. Students will be provided work based learning opportunities at the college, academics which support these vocational opportunities and community-based instruction.


Work Based Learning
Work Based Learning integrates academic core curriculum with authentic work experience to promote school-to-career transitions. It provides an opportunity for students to acquire necessary skills and habits that support job success and personal growth.