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What We Do

Our goal is to educate students who are blind or visually impaired, as well as students with multiple disabilities. 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. In doing so, we seek to develop each student to their fullest potential.

Why Lavelle?

  1. A Curriculum of Caring

    To facilitate learning, it is critical for children with multiple disabilities to learn how to interact socially and physically. Through individual instruction and group activities, Lavelle students learn how to play, share, explore and communicate effectively.

  2. The Lavelle Difference

    Individualized attention is a hallmark of our approach. Our curriculum is not structured to traditional grade levels. Instead, an Individualized Education Program is developed for each student with the contribution of the entire Lavelle team and parents. Our IEPs ensure students are progressing in ways that meet their specific needs.

  3. Support Inside and Outside of School

    From academic classroom learning to work experience and transition programs, Lavelle students are able to grow in a nurturing environment. Our team of educational, professional and related service providers with expertise and training in special needs ensures each student is supported on and off campus.

  4. Commitment to Independence

    At Lavelle, success means gaining independence. Each part of our curricula is centered on assisting students with development of basic self-help, transition, communication and skills needed for adult life.

Who We Are

Lavelle School for the Blind is a state-funded private multi-cultural educational institution established in 1904. It was founded on the compassion and dedication of the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt. Located in The Bronx, Lavelle educates students who are blind and have multiple disabilities in a nurturing, yet challenging environment. Nearly 150 students from over 40 countries are currently enrolled at Lavelle under the guidance of more than 100 staff members.

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Welcome from the Executive Director

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Lavelle School for the Blind. Here at Lavelle we are committed to providing our students, ages three through twenty-one, an educational program that meets their individual needs. Lavelle is a close-knit community that promotes the educational, social, and emotional development of our students within a safe, nurturing environment.

We offer an educational program along with a full range of services in accordance with each student’s individual education plan. Our dedicated staff strives to provide our students the ultimate in care, instruction, and support. To achieve a successful learning environment, we believe that communication among students, staff, and parents/guardians is vital. Working together in a collaborative manner helps prepare our students to live as respected adults.

I am proud to take part in continuing Lavelle’s rich history of providing educational services to our students. Please take the time to look through our website to learn more about our amazing school!

Dr. Rebecca Renshaw, Executive Director