Our Vision & Commitment
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!
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.
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 or a similar program.
School Comprehensive Educational Plan Goals
2023 - 2024
Priority Area 1: All Students will learn to read well
By June 2024, all elementary students will show an increase in reading foundational skills by 5% from 57% to 62%, as measured by SANDI (RI10 and RF).
Priority Area 2: All students are physically and emotionally safe
By June 2024, all students will engage in school-wide SEL programs, leading to an increase of 5%, from 70% to 75%, as measured by SANDI Social/Behavioral subtest.
Priority Area 3: All students have a high-quality academic experience
By June 2024, for all students, there will be an increase in student transitions to a least restrictive environment (change in class ratio) by 1% from 4.8% to 5.8% as measured by school-wide LRE data.
Priority Area 4: All students graduate college and career ready and have a strong plan and pathway to economic security
By June 2024, all elementary students will increase communication skills to support greater independence by 5% from 76% to 81% as measured by the SANDI assessment (Communication Development subtest).
Priority Area 5: All districts and schools are more inclusive and responsive for parents and families, including having more families choose NYC Public Schools
By June 2024, the families of all students will be provided with improved language access measured by an increase of family attendance and access to translation services for school events from fall 2023 to spring 2024.
Please use the contact information below to reach our school staff. Classroom teachers are listed by unit and can be found on our Contact Your Child's Teacher Page.
Mr. John Siracuse
Ms. Erin Ploetz
IEP COMPLIANCE COORDINATOR
Ms. Toni Rodriguez