Pupil Personnel Services
Ruth Zuclich, Director of
Pupil Personnel Services
Route 209, Modular Unit
Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 3:30
Phone: 858-3100, Ext. 16504
to Route 209 Complex
PPS offices at new location
Registration and Pupil Personnel Services offices are
now located in the modular at the Route 209 complex.
The move provides easier access to both offices and
much-needed space at the Middle School, freeing two
classrooms that can now be used for students.
Special Education Programs
State Ed Department is helping to improve the Special Education
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Services available in the
Related services can be provided either individually or in a
group of no more than five students with similar needs. Services
can be provided as a pull-out (non-integrated) or a push-in
Special Class in an
Commonly referred to as Inclusion Classes, students receive
their instruction alongside their grade appropriate peers. They
are participating in the general education curriculum in a
co-teaching setting. They are provided with the modifications,
accommodations and supports necessary to enable them to
successfully learn the curriculum and meet the state standards.
Secondary Students are recommended into inclusion classes based
on their level of need in each subject area. Elementary students
may received between two to four hours of inclusion daily.
who need a higher level of academic support in core subjects
of reading, writing and mathematics attend a morning special
class then rejoin their general education class for the
remainder of the school day.
Secondary students who
need a higher level of academic support in one or more of
the core subject areas of English, Social Studies, and
Mathematics. Secondary science classes are provided in
inclusion setting as special education teachers cannot,
unless certified in Science, teach Labs.
Special Class: Full-Time
Elementary and Middle
School students who are in need of maximum
individualized instruction in all academic areas. Full-day
special class students attend special area subjects (art,
music, etc.) lunch and recess with their home room class and
have opportunities to interact in non-academic setting with
The High School Full-Day
Special Class is a “split” class. The underclassmen, 9th
and 10th grade students, attend the Practical Alternative
Curriculum (PAC) class in the morning, then attend elective
courses, lunch and physical education with their
non-disabled peers. The upperclassmen, in grades 11 and 12,
attend either a Vocational Training program at BOCES Vo-Tech
or the Work Place Learning program through BOCES in the
morning and receive their academic instruction in the PAC
class in the afternoon.
Services available out of the
BOCES Center and Satellites
(Public School Program)
Students whose disabilities are of such a nature that they must
receive instruction in a program that is provided outside the school
district are served by Orange/Ulster BOCES or another local county
BOCES. BOCES Satellites are located in the following districts:
Minisink Valley, Warwick, Valley Central, Cornwall, Chester,
Middletown, Goshen and Pine Bush. Satellite programs are housed in
General Education buildings and offer some opportunity for special
education students to interact with same age peers.
Private Day School Programs
and/or Special Act Schools
Students who cannot be
serviced by the Port Jervis City School District or any other Public
School/BOCES Program due to the severity of their disability may be
recommended to attend private day programs or special act school
Homebound or Hospital
Tutoring is provided (1 hour
daily for elementary students, 2 hours daily for secondary students)
when there is a specific statement in writing from a physician that
the student is not capable of attending school for a specified time
period, and the Committee on Special Education is in agreement with the physician’s
The total removal of the student from the home is necessary only in
the most severe cases in order to deliver appropriate services to
the student which do not exist within any of the less restrictive
Project Discovery is a unique and
exciting program, developed in cooperation with Easter Seals, to
meet the needs of Port Jervis children.
Fully approved by the New York Sate Education Department,
Project Discovery is a totally integrated preschool with a
student population composed of special needs, general education,
and low-income preschoolers.
The goal of the program is to provide special education
services, including speech and language therapy, occupational
therapy, physical therapy, counseling, and special education to
special needs preschoolers within the regular environment, while
simultaneously providing a rich and stimulating preschool
curriculum for general education students.
For more information, please visit the
Project Discovery web page.
To receive an application or talk to someone about the program,
call Project Discovery at 845-858-2874 or the Port Jervis City
School District at 845-858-3100, Ext. 16501.