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The mission of P233Q is to provide rigorous and relevant instruction to our diversified community of learners.  Effective communication skills are a core piece of what is emphasized and taught both in and out of the classroom. Students are encouraged to have high expectations, set personal goals, take ownership of learning, and act as responsible citizens in their home and school communities. 

P233Q uses a cohesive curriculum that is Common Core Standards based and supports both literacy and math across content areas. The curriculum uses thematic, multisensory, and project based activities to promote goal oriented and active participation for all learners. To enhance the quality of instruction, students learn functional life skills and are given practical training in a variety of job site experiences. Students are respected as valued members of the learning community. As such, they are encouraged to express themselves in a socially appropriate manner. Students unable to express themselves in a conventional way are taught to use an alternate means of communication.

The school community is committed to the use of established and unified data collection systems to assess student learning and make informed decisions with regard to individual goals, academics, self advocacy, social-emotional skills, and post secondary placement.

Parents are a vital part of the educational process and as such are encouraged to partake in decision making for their student and the school community at large.

We are committed to providing students with disabilities full access to rich language and literacy experiences through the effective use of high and low technology tools.  We bring together diverse media (text, sound, pictures and video), strive to draw upon children’s natural impulses and expand the range of all learning experiences.

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure."
Colin Powell

P.233Q provides a nurturing, supportive environment where students are encouraged to learn at their own pace and in their own unique style. Our school provided instruction for students with autism, cognitive and multiple disabilities between the ages of 4.9-21. The class ratios are 12:1:1, 6:1:1, 12:1:4, and 8:1(inclusion classes). Our instructional programming includes: Inclusion programs for elementary, middle, and high school students; TEACCH, ABA, augmentative communication/assistive technology devices,adaptations of NYS Standards, Balanced Literacy, Everyday Math,community based instruction, a vocational preparation program, adaptive equipment, adaptive physical education, instructional mealtime, behavioral intervention, medical and special needs evaluation and assessment involving parents and families.
Through a broad range of activities our students learn functional academic, community living, and communication skills to increase their independence.
The school provides special programs such as adaptive swimming, parent and staff training, and computer assisted instruction. We have also developed an extensive literacy program and continue to foster our linkage with the Queens Public Library. The goal of all programming is maximum independence and normalization within the home, school, and in the community.  Community work sites and in-school vocational training are up, running and thriving. Photographs of student activities are in the process of being posted on the P.233Q web site. 

Worksite update: Several students from the P.875 site will work collaboratively with several students from the CTEA site (Construction, Technology, Engineering and Architecture) @ a local Staples Office supply store commencing in February 2011.
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