Green Chimneys School

400 Doansburg Road
Brewster, NY 10509-0105
Tel: (845)279-2995
Grades: 1-12 | 136 students
Green Chimneys School is designed for students who have been unsuccessful in a traditional educational setting and who require a small, structured and therapeutically supportive setting. Small class sizes, high staff-to-student ratio, well-trained teaching staff and a safe, therapeutic environment are just a few things that make Green Chimneys School the right choice for so many students with special needs.

School Overview

School Type Special Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. Council for Exceptional Children
National Association of Private Special Education Centers
Other associations(s) for exceptional children
State or regional independent school association
Grades Offered Grades 1-12
Year Founded 1947

Student Body

Total Students 136 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade Green Chimneys School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 20 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 7:1
National avg.: 13:1

School Notes

  • Green Chimneys complies and often exceeds all standards and educational mandates set by New York State.  An enriched educational environment offers a vast array of adjunct programs such as woodshop, life skills, outdoor education, art, gardening and our world famous nature-based programs that encompass animal-assisted therapies/activities, horticulture therapies/activities, humane education and sustainable agriculture education. Students are referred by their home school districts, although we’ve had students whose parents have chosen to pay privately for their child’s tuition. Admission is based on referrals from sending school districts and individual needs of the student.  Each student’s curriculum at Green Chimneys School is highly individualized and applied in a comprehensive, therapeutic environment with a staff-to-student ratio of 12:1:1, 8:1:1, and 6:1:1.    The educational, physical, emotional and behavioral needs of the individual learner are considered and accommodated following comprehensive assessments. A professional staff (social workers, counselors, teachers, psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, speech pathologists; occupational therapists), familiar with the sometimes complex needs of students in a special education setting, guide children toward making constructive choices and building upon their individual strengths. To meet the needs of students with psycho/social challenges, Green Chimneys, together with families, collaborates with each child’s home school district through the Committee of Special Education (CSE) to ensure that educational and related services goals are met.  A variety of programs to address remedial or specialized learning needs are offered to our students.
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5.0 Stars   12/11/12
Having worked at Green Chimneys after teaching in a NYC public school for 26 years, I am impressed and delighted at the level of care and support that these children receive.
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