Special Education School

Green Chimneys students discover their strengths in a unique nature-based approach. From animal-assisted therapy to horticultural activities, humane education and ecological study, animal care and garden maintenance, children build critical skills such self-esteem, trust and responsibility. Learn more >

Green Chimneys School Provides Structure and Support in a New York State-Approved Special Education Program

Green Chimneys School, a New York State 853 school, is designed for students who have been unsuccessful in a traditional educational setting and who require a highly structured and supportive program. The therapeutic program incorporates academic, behavioral and emotional support in a comprehensive learning environment to help each child achieve new skills and confidence, and return to their home school district with the best chance of success.

The school offers:

  • Enriched academic curriculum meeting New York State standards
  • Experiential learning environment
  • Innovative nature-based approach
  • Focus on individual needs, abilities and strengths
  • On-site clinical services and therapeutic support
  • High staff-to-student ratio
  • Certified special education professionals
  • Up-to-date technology
  • Vocational learning opportunities

Green Chimneys School Brewster campus serves day and residential students in grades K-12. The Clearpool campus in Carmel, NY provides smaller classes and a more intimate environment for day students in grades 4-8.

Innovation, Quality of Program, and Community are the hallmarks of Green Chimneys School, guiding our education strategy and therapeutic approach. A unique farm and outdoor setting on two campuses provides countless activities — and opportunities — to engage young minds, support special needs, and help students overcome challenges that are often difficult to address in a typical school environment.

Green Chimneys is recognized as a worldwide leader in animal-assisted therapy and education programs to help children with emotional, behavioral, social and learning challenges. As an innovative and experiential school, Green Chimneys is considered the most diverse of its kind, integrating farming, animal- and nature-based activities into comprehensive special education and therapy programs. Its reputation as a humane animal education and wildlife rehabilitation center is equally renowned, and its model-focused care and respect of animals is recognized across the globe.

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