The mission and purpose of the Lavelle School for the Blind is to provide students who are visually impaired and/or have additional disabilities with the skills and training necessary for them to reach their fullest potential in life. The School offers a full range of individualized special education services, support, and resources to allow students to maximum their independence. We place an emphasis on functional academics, independence in life skills, and development of a positive self-image, ensuring students are prepared to participate in all aspects of community life. We educate the whole child through a combination of developmental and functional strategies with a support system of staff and parents.
Located in Bronx, New York, the Lavelle School for the Blind is an educational facility committed to teaching and training students with visual impairments and additional disabilities. Founded in 1904, Lavelle School for the Blind was originally a Catholic institution. In 1942, Lavelle became one of several state-funded schools for the blind and deaf, supported by the New York State Education Department.
As a private, state approved and supported institution, Lavelle School for the Blind educates approximately 130-150 enrolled students annually from all five New York City boroughs as well as surrounding school districts outside of New York City. Students may enroll as early as age three and can continue until age 21.
The School offers three unique educational programs based on the needs of the students. The Preschool and Early Childhood Program is for students with disabilities ages 3-7. The Life Skills Program is for students with visual impairments and moderate to severe cognitive disabilities ages 6-21. The R.E.A.C.H. Program is for students with visual impairments and mild to moderate cognitive disabilities ages 6-21.
In all of our programs, students benefit from the experience and expertise of staff who focus on helping students develop and grow to the best of their ability. All classroom teachers hold a certification in special education, teacher of the visually impaired, and/or early childhood, depending on the educational program. These certified teachers along with qualified therapists collaborate on planning and implementing effective, individualized educational programs. Talented and dedicated teacher aides and teacher assistants work closely with the classroom teachers to embed student goals into the curriculum and throughout the school day.