Welcome to P.S. 596X! We are a New York City Public School serving students on the autism spectrum and other special needs from Pre-K through age 11.


Through this website, you will be able to step into our classrooms and hallways to get an idea of the wide variety of creative programs and practices in which students participate on a daily basis.

Our commitment is to provide the highest quality, state of the art instructional programs to our students, and to offer parents workshops and activities to equip themselves with the skills to best help their child. Through hands-on learning and fun-filled opportunities, our students make tremendous gains in social skills, language, and academics.


From reading, writing, math, science, social studies to social skills, technology skills, vocational skills to art, music and dance, students have a rich educational experience at school.


Enrichment programs such as a partnership with the Disney Organization, school chorus, salsa band, soccer club, Olympics, assembly performances, to name a few, all enhance our multitude of academic programs.


Step into P.S. 596X, you’ll love what you see!

Mr. John Siracuse, Principal

Our Mission: 
P.S. 596X is a highly collaborative and positive school community, where all stakeholders come together to celebrate students for their many strengths. We are committed to providing an interactive, hands on curriculum, that uses state of the art instructional programs and methodologies that meet the individual needs of our diverse learners. Our fundamental belief is that children are children first and that they are children with special needs second; therefore deserving the same rigor and quality of instruction, professionalism and creativity in their programming, as any other student in NYC does. Through our partnership with families, community agencies and an appreciation for the arts, our students flourish in a safe, nurturing and fun environment.

We believe:


  • Students and staff should love coming to a school that is a safe space, where all stakeholders feel comfortable to express themselves and celebrate our differences.

  • Student should have access to age appropriate, interactive and challenging curricula that is state of the art.

  • Students should be able to express their wants and needs, through a preferred mode of communication.

  • Students should have every opportunity to participate in fine arts, including music, theater, dance, visual arts, and stem.  

  • Each student has the right to be a productive, proud, participating member of a family, community and society. 

  • All students deserve a just quality of life. 


  • School is a place where all students are safe, nurtured, valued and are involved in opportunities and experiences that maximize their social potential. 


  • School is a place where all constituents work in harmony receiving all necessary supports. 


  • In the importance of partnering and empowering families to best support their children and equip them with the skills and methodologies needed to give their children skills that lead to maximum levels of independence.

Our Goals:

The goal of the educational program at P.S. 596X is to equip students with as many skills as possible to enable them to be independent, productive, contributing members of their families, their communities and society at large. Towards that end, we offer students a variety of programs and options designed to meet each student’s individual needs.


At P.S. 596X, we believe that all of our students have the potential to learn, grow, and achieve, in a nurturing, supportive environment, tailored to meet their individual needs. We know that as a team, with parents as our partners, and with continuous communication, our students can be successful.

We place strong emphasis on parent advocacy. We have an active PTA (Parent Teacher Association) and Parent Support Group that conducts monthly workshops for parents on a variety of topics utilizing both our experienced P.S. 596X staff and outside consultants. 


Our SLT (School Leadership Team) meets regularly to develop and implement the school plan. Committee members are made up of 50% parents.


P.S. 596X is a school that services students on the autism spectrum disorder in 6:1:1, 8:1:1, 12:1:1 ratios and inclusion. Autism is characterized by deficits in communicative, behavioral, social and sometimes cognitive functioning. Our instructional programs place major emphasis on these areas.


We are located in three community schools: P.S. 178,

P.S. 153, and P.S. 498. P.S. 596X students are assigned to schools based on their chronological age with older students attending our sister school for autism, P.S. 176X.


School Comprehensive Educational Plan Goals 2019-2020
Increase student reading comprehension to support their understanding of literacy concepts across content areas through explicit instruction.

Increase student problem solving strategies to support their understanding of math content, and how to effectively apply those strategies when solving problems.

Safety and Restorative Approaches to Behavior
Increase in student pro-social behaviors and positive behaviors among the school community.

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850 Baychester Avenue, Bronx, NY 10475       

(718) 904-5750

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