Welcome to the 153 Unit!


At the 153 elementary site, we believe that a student-centered approach to instruction best serves the needs of our diverse learners. Housed within our nurturing and welcoming corridors are nineteen classes ranging from grades K-5. 


Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication-Handicapped Children (TEACCH), and Picture Communication Exchange System (PECS) are just a few of the methodologies, strategies and programs that we use to teach our children so that they can reach their full potential. 

Classroom Activities



The committed and knowledgeable staff at 153 employs an array of methodologies for students with a range of unique needs.


These include our differentiated academic curricula and our use of discrete trial instruction and structured teaching.


We also use enrichment programs like the yoga-based Get Ready to Learn and the CookShop nutritional program. 



STEM & More!


In keeping with the Department of Education’s on-going focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), several of our students have partnered with 153’s general education robotics club to learn how to build and manipulate electro-mechanical machines using ZOOB Movers kits, all while making friends, developing new skills and having a great time! 

Meanwhile, our dedicated speech team continues their close collaboration with classroom staff to teach fundamental vocabulary. They use interactive and engaging literacy activities through the “Core Vocabulary Through Literacy” program.

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