The Henry Viscardi School middle school program prepares students for high school in a nurturing environment through these tremendous growth years.
The middle school program at the Henry Viscardi School at The Viscardi Center is committed to providing children with severe physical disabilities, in grades six through eight, with a challenging standards-based curriculum that prepares them for their high school years and a learning path leading towards a New York State Regents or Local diploma. It is an alternative school setting consideration for parents of children with physical and multiple disabilities, as well as a resource to school districts that cannot accommodate the academic, health and assistive technology needs of children with these disabilities.
In addition to providing rigorous academics, its staff also guides the students with health education topics and begins to foster self advocacy so that the students can begin to take on this role for themselves. During the middle school transition years, the importance of after-school and enrichment activities are also recognized as they offer opportunities for personal growth, leadership development and peer interaction. The Henry Viscardi School offers a variety of clubs and programs to encourage socialization amongst school mates and community integration. These include Student Council, Viscardi Ambassadors, theater arts, intramural basketball, Natural Helpers® and Friday Night Recreation.