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Christine Ciccarone, Assistant Principal


The ISS department’s mission is for each student to graduate with a plan. We create an educational environment that maintains high standards, assists students who need academic support and addresses their social/emotional development. Classes are designed to parallel the mainstream curriculum. Instruction is rigorous as students are expected to achieve success on New York State assessment exams.


We provide the following services:

  • Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS - 8:1)
  • Small classes (Self-Contained - 15:1)
  • Integrated Collaborative Teaching (ICT - 12:1)
  • Transition Linkage Services - including placement in ACCES-VR (Adult Career and Continuing Education Services  - Vocational Rehabilitation) and programs offered at other vocational sites
  • 5th Year Program at the V.A. Hospital


Related services include: adaptive physical education; bilingual counseling; counseling; hearing services; occupational therapy; paraprofessional support; physical therapy; and speech/language therapy.


Double period literacy classes are offered to a majority of incoming freshmen.  They are conducted in standards-based classroom settings utilizing various instructional models and methodologies including:  Balanced Literacy; Ramp-Up; REWARDS; and Wilson strategies.  In all classes, lessons are conducted to help students establish their academic goals and rubrics are used for assessment by teachers and student self-evaluation.