District 75

Students in District 75

District 75 provides highly specialized instructional support for students with significant challenges, such as:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders 
  • Significant cognitive delays
  • Emotional disturbances
  • Sensory impairments
  • Multiple disabilities

Program Location

District 75 provides instructional support in a wide variety of settings and locations around NYC, including:

  • Special classes co-located in District 1-32 schools
  • School building where all students have IEPs
  • General education classrooms
  • Agencies, hospitals and at home

The IEP team, of which you are a member, will recommend the appropriate program and class size for your child. This determination is based on cognitive, social-emotional and physical management needs.

Class Size

District 75 provides special classes with ratios of 12:1:1, 8:1:1, 6:1:1, and 12:1:4 as well as other ratios for students in full inclusion. If your child has significant hearing and vision impairments, District 75 also has self-contained classes with specialized equipment and services. Students whose vision and hearing concerns do not require that type of intensive programming will receive these support services in a District 1-32 school.


For students with academic and/or behavioral management needs that interfere with the instructional process and require additional adult support and specialized instruction.

  • 12 students
  • One special education teacher
  • One paraprofessional


For students whose needs are severe and chronic and require constant, intensive supervision, a significant degree of individualized attention, intervention and behavior management.

  • 8 students
  • One special education teacher
  • One paraprofessional


For students with very high needs in most or all areas including academic, social and/or interpersonal development, physical development, and management. Classes provide highly intensive individual programming, continual adult supervision, a specialized behavior management program to engage in all tasks, and a program of speech/language therapy (which may include augmentative/alternative communication).

  • 6 students
  • One special education teacher
  • One paraprofessional


For students with severe and multiple disabilities with a variety of obstacles that include: limited language, academic, and independent functioning skills. Classes provide a program that follows an adapted curriculum with alternative access to instruction, training in daily living skills, development of communication skills, sensory stimulation, and therapeutic interventions.

  • 12 students
  • One special education teacher
  • One paraprofessional for every three students

Home and Hospital Instruction

Home instruction and hospital instruction are educational services provided to children with disabilities who are unable to attend school. They are provided only until a child is able to return to school or is discharged from the hospital. They might be recommended if a child’s emotional needs or medical needs prevent him or her from attending school. They might also be provided for a child who is awaiting a placement that has been recommended but is not yet available.

Other Services

Bilingual Instruction and Support

A specialized program for students whose IEPs recommend an Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) or Special Class (SC) with a language of instruction other than English. This is recommended on a case-by-case basis by the student's IEP team.

English as a New Language Services 

The English as a New Language (ENL) program (formerly ESL) provides instruction for students who have a home languageother than English. Students are instructed in small groups in English using visual and tactile resources.

Travel Training

Teaches students with disabilities how to travel safely and independently on public transportation. The training is provided on a one-to-one basis by specially trained staff. Students are taught

  • The safest route to and from school or work;
  • How to cross the street safely;
  • Appropriate behaviors when traveling; and
  • What to do if they get lost etc.

Upon successfully completing the program, students are expected to use public transportation independently to and from school.

Personal Activities of Daily Living Skill Training

Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) are basic skills needed by people with disabilities to function on their own with as little help as possible. Skills include:

  • Self-help (toileting, bathing, dressing, grooming, feeding)
  • Housekeeping
  • Community living (shopping, using public transportation)
  • Walking and transferring (such as moving from bed to wheelchair)

Vocational Programming

Students are involved in work-based learning that includes mastery of the actual skills needed to do a particular job successfully as well as the universal work-readiness skills needed for successful employment, such as:

  • Following directions
  • Communicating and getting along with fellow employees and
  • Being on time for work.

Transition Service Coordination

Transition services are coordinated activities that improve the academic and functional achievement of a child with a disability to assist in their movement from school to post-school activities, after high school:

Parent Counseling and Training

If you need help understanding the special needs of your child, Parent Counseling and Training can provide you with information about your child’s development and/or specific disability. It is typically provided as part of the program if your child is in special classes with staffing ratios of 8:1:1, 6:1:1 and 12:1:4. These are not adult counseling services and are not intended to meet your personal or educational needs.

Students who are Severely Hard of Hearing or Visually Impaired

Special classes and services including audiology, assistive technology, sign language interpretation, orientation and mobility services, and Braille.

Find Out More

Parent Training

Schools and Sites

  • District 75 programs and sites can be found on Infohub.(link)
  • You can browse the District 75 Video Library for examples of D75 programs in action.


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