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Admissions Process for the Various Programs

Early Childhood, Life Skills, and R.E.A.C.H. Programs

Lavelle School for the Blind accepts children ages 3-21 that are blind or visually impaired with additional disabilities. There students are eligible for either our Early Childhood program, Life Skills program, and R.E.A.C.H. program, depending on the students needs and abilities.

In order for your child to be considered for placement in one of these programs, you will need to complete an enrollment packet which includes the following forms:

  • PHC-10 Form
  • Report of Legal Blindness/Request for Information Form
  • Medical Eye Report
  • Lavelle School Application for 4201 program
  • Home Language Survey
  • Emergency Home Contact
  • Consent Form
  • Health Office Student information
  • Child & Adolescent Health Examination Form (NYC Dept. of Health)
  • Order Referral (Related Prescription Form)
  • Medicaid Consent Form


For a more efficient and timely enrollment, these forms should be completed in collaboration with your child’s doctors and local school district administration. Please contact us to learn more about our enrollment process and to obtain an enrollment packet.

Lavelle Preschool Program

The Lavelle Preschool program is a separately funded program but still resides with the Lavelle School for the Blind campus. The Preschool program accepts children ages 3-5 with disabilities. A disability of a visual impairment is not required for admission into the Preschool program.

In order for your child to be considered for placement, an enrollment packet needs to be completed. Please contact us to learn more about our enrollment process.



Feel free to reach out to our Admissions Coordinator with any questions about our enrollment process and to obtain the necessary paperwork.

Contact Lavelle

Please contact us to learn more about our enrollment process and to obtain an enrollment packet.


  • How do I determine if my child should attend Lavelle?

    Lavelle specializes in the education and support of students with visual impairments and additional disabilities. Our door is open to help families of students who have special needs.

  • Who can attend?

    Lavelle School for the Blind’s Early Childhood, Life Skills, or R.E.A.C.H. Programs are open to students who have a visual impairment or blindness and additional disabilities. Lavelle’s Preschool program is open to students who have a disability, not necessarily a visual impairment.

    We welcome students living within the five boroughs of New York or the greater New York City area, including Long Island, Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and lower Dutchess counties.

  • Does the school offer transportation for all students?

    Daily transportation to and from school is provided by the student’s local school district at no cost to parents or guardians.

  • How much does tuition at Lavelle cost?

    There is no tuition cost to parents or guardians to attend Lavelle. Tuition is covered by the New York State Education Department and the school district in which the child resides.

  • How do I enroll my child?

    Lavelle’s admission team works directly with the school district in which the child resides to enroll students. Within each school district the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) or Committee on Special Education (CSE), depending on the age of the student, facilitates that process. Parents and guardians interested in attending Lavelle should contact their school district directly to begin the process, or contact us.

  • What resources can I use to help my child outside of school?

    We encourage families to be involved in their child’s education, and help students practice certain skills at home. We pride ourselves on an environment that welcomes parent and family participation. Instructional videos can also be found here.