Vincent Smith School

  • Vincent Smith is Long Island's premier choice for gr.
  • 1-12 students with language-based Learning Disabilities including Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Auditory & Language Processing Disorders; school reluctance; or AD/HD. We value assessing over testing and offer: Small classes (avg.
  • 5 students/class); Multi-sensory, differentiated instruction; Strong Home/School Connection; Social-Emotional Learning; On-site Speech, Reading, Counseling & Occupational Therapy.
  • Our curriculum benefits average to above-average students without behavioral issues who simply haven't yet reached their potential in traditional schools.
  • Reading specialists are all Wilson Reading-certified, a science-based reading program based on Orton-Gillingham. Core subject teachers are all special-education certified.

School News

  • Taking Care of Kids with Special Learning Needs - 05/30/2020 - The Vincent Smith School on Long Island in New York serves youngsters with learning disabilities such as dyslexia. Some of the children also have sensory disorders (OCD), attention deficit hyperactivity ...moredisorder (ADHD) or school anxiety. Back in early March, In anticipation of the remote-learning model that he realized was bound to occur in all New York schools, headmaster John Baldi set a plan in motion to serve his kids, way before politicians announced that schools would close. Out of concern that a lack of continuity would irrevocably set back his extremely vulnerable students, Baldi had his teachers and students training on Zoom early on, so they could hit the ground running once the inevitable occurred. When it did, they were able to convert to online learning in a heartbeat.Today, he Zooms from one online classroom to the next, so that schedules and routines are maintained. He also makes sure that each student continues to receive much-needed therapeutic services like speech, reading, and occupational therapy. Without that, these kids could fall behind quickly and, in some instances, irrevocably. Knowing that parents need as much support as students, Baldi spends much of his time talking, texting, and emailing them. He has even taught some of them how to use Zoom, alleviating their frustrations, and calming their fears.Baldi is also working hard to make sure his kids know they are cared about and missed by their teachers. He created a feel-good video montage of educators from the school, telling the students they`re missed. He`s also working to make sure that the students` families, including extended family members, don`t feel left out, by keeping the school`s social media platforms full of photos of the school`s remote-learning classes.The Vincent Smith School motto: "We teach differently because every child learns differently." That`s never been more apparent than during this very different environment of distance learning, and Baldi has been living and breathing that motto every day. hide

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School Overview

School TypeSpecial Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 1-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedDyslexia, Language & Auditory Processing Disorders, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, School Anxiety, ADHD
Year Founded1924

Student Body

Total Students55 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade Vincent Smith School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers20 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio3:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size5 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Khaki pants or skirts, collared white or blue shirts)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$59,750
Tuition Notes2020-2021 tuition for grades 1-12 includes ALL related services--Reading, Speech, Occupational Therapy, Counseling, etc.
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorJohn Baldi - Head of School
Admissions AssociateMichelle Hoyos


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.15 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Anime, Art Club, Board Games Club, Chess, Dance, Debate, Music, PSAT/SAT Review, Self Advocacy and Mentoring Program, Sports Club, Superhero, Yearbook Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Badminton, basketball, Gaga

School Notes

  • Vincent Smith School is Long Island`s premier prep school for students in grades 1-12 seeking small, supportive classes or can benefit from an individualized program for language-based learning differences like Dyslexia/Dyscalculia/Dysgraphia, Auditory & Language Processing Disorders, School Anxiety, or AD/HD.
  • Our curriculum benefits average to above-average students without behavioral issues who simply haven't yet reached their potential in traditional schools.
  • We provide an exceptionally warm and nurturing learning environment, specifically differentiated for personal growth as well as academic success. 85% of our HS graduates go on to college.
  • Our students learn self-discipline, self-advocacy, and self-respect. We emphasize personal responsibility as an integral part of our academic and social-emotional program. Related service specialists are full-time and on-site, providing Speech, Reading, Counseling, and OT in dedicated therapy rooms for all students who need services. Reading specialists are all certified in the Wilson Reading System, a science-based reading program based on Orton-Gillingham. Core subject teachers are all special-education certified.
  • Vincent Smith School is a not-for-profit organization, chartered by the NYS Board of Regents and accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools. As an independent school, we are free of many public school restrictions such as state tests and common core requirements. We value individual assessing over rigorous testing.
At Vincent Smith School, we teach differently because every child learns differently.

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Vincent Smith, helped my daughter gain entrance into college where she did very well. This is a good , caring school with very professional and intelligent instructors and staff. It been 20 years since my daughter graduated, and we still speak fondly of this great school with a big heart. Hooray!
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