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At Summit School at Nyack, we believe every day is a fresh opportunity to start anew and develop stable, gratifying relationships with adults and peers. By working with staff across many disciplines, students master the skills needed to thrive in school, at home, and in the community. Our task is to inspire motivation and help develop new patterns of behavior that will put each student on the path to successful adulthood.
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There are no requirements for Accreditation and Registration is optional with the Board of Regents. Only competent teachers may instruct students, but a certification is not specifically required. The curriculum of private schools must be equivalent to the instruction given at public schools, including English, Geography, U.S. History, Civics, Hygiene, Physical Training, American history, as well as instruction discouraging the misuse of alcohol and drugs.
Private school authorities may require students be tested for drugs, including urine analysis. This is subject to written consent of the parents. Private facilities must train their pupils in safety drills and fire drills must be held at least 12 times a year using different exit methods and times of the day. An administrator failing to comply with this provision is guilty of a misdemeanor.
Private facilities are allowed the same health and welfare facilities that are available to public schools. This includes dental and physician services, dental hygienist, school psychologist, nurse, social worker and speech therapist.