The John Cardinal O’Connor School is a Catholic elementary school for children who learn differently, and we welcome children of all faiths. A private school for special education located in Irvington, NY, JCOS is dedicated to providing an affordable, language-based academic curriculum for children in grades 2-8 with learning disabilities (LD), speech or language impairments (SPL), or other health impairments (OHI). Multisensory teaching techniques are used throughout the set of courses including an Orton-Gillingham Methodology to phonemic awareness. Students are exposed to a full academic curriculum modified to the goals and objectives of their IEP/IESP. In addition, social skills are directly taught through Catholic doctrine and a character development curriculum. The John Cardinal O’Connor School’s goal is to teach children the strategies they will need to become confident, productive members of society.
The John Cardinal O’Connor School is a resource for those who learn differently. Students are taught by certified special education teachers*, utilizing multisensory techniques, in small class sizes to help children succeed both academically and socially.
The key to a student’s success is their ability to communicate. This extends beyond basic reading and writing skills. It also includes understanding and following directions, organizing information, building general and content area knowledge, solving problems, expressing ideas, assuming responsibility and assessing social interactions, and behaving appropriately. A trained staff and a consistently applied instructional approach that explicitly teaches these skills help students close the gap between their intellectual potential and their academic performance. The John Cardinal O’Connor School is registered with the IRS as a 501(c)3 charitable organization.
For more information about our special needs Catholic private school, feel free to take a look at this informative presentation (PDF file):
We are always willing to answer questions from Irvington-area parents who are interested in enrolling their children in our school.
*all teachers are certified, or currently pursuing certification in special education