avalon school


Avalon school is a specialized day school, authorized  by the New York State Education Department,  that offers a small class size and individual support and attention to high school students, grades 9 - 12. The Avalon school’s small environment (4 classrooms for up to 6 students /class) is designed for students who have had difficulty achieving in their community schools due to a variety of emotional, psycho-social and behavioral needs. Students are referred by their district’s Committee on Special Education for admission, and those who attend live in their own homes. The school follows the NYS Regent’s curriculum and provides ongoing support and encouragement to help students develop academically and socially, resolve issues and set positive educational, career and life goals.

Avalon School, educating Monroe County students since 1983, provides a structured, safe and accepting environment and a high level of individual focus and encouragement to students while they earn credits towards a regent’s diploma. At Avalon, teachers, teacher’s assistants and social workers work together with each student and his or her family members to create a plan that identifies each student’s strengths and targets specific areas for growth. A school nurse, psychologist, psychiatrist, support coordinator and educational diagnostician are members of the team that support students and their families. Many Avalon students return to their home schools and graduate successfully, while others stay to complete their district’s credit requirements at Avalon.

Avalon students are actively encouraged to be involved in their community through Vocational programming, volunteerism and community fundraising. Students participate in their home schools through athletics and clubs, and many volunteer or work part-time jobs in the community while attending Avalon. More than 80 percent of Avalon graduates pursue degrees at local colleges or trade schools, while others enter the work force or military. Avalon staff work closely with students to help them identify their interests and develop career ambitions based on their talents and abilities. Avalon School prides itself in its ability to help students who have struggled with the more traditional paths to high school graduation. Our hope is that Avalon students become confident, goal-oriented, self-sufficient individuals with a sense of belonging and a responsible connection to the community.

To learn more or make a referral, please contact:

Avalon School at Villa of Hope
3300 Dewey Avenue, Rochester, NY 14616
phone (585)227-6920

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