Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf
Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf was established in 1951 to help Deaf children unlock their potential through quality education. Our specially-trained staff, carefully structured programs and access to the newest technologies give our students the academic knowledge and confidence they need to be successful both in and out of the classroom. Our care for each child does not end when the school day does. We are also committed to the people who are a regular part of the child’s life: the family.
For almost 200 years, the residents of New York State have relied on the expertise of a unique group of schools to provide educational services to children who are Deaf, blind or physically disabled. These schools are known as the 4201 Schools. Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf is one of eleven 4201 Schools located throughout New York State. Each school has its own Board of Directors, receives financial support for operating expenses from New York State and depends on private donations for program enhancements. There are no charges to parents for educational costs.
Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf values the learning styles, communication modalities and cultures of each individual student. The mission of our programs is to cultivate the potential in every student to thrive as a contributing member of society and inspiring a love of learning through direct access to communication. We aim to challenge and empower students to determine their own path in life based on their unique skills and abilities through a variety of provided opportunities.
The Mill Neck Manor Infant/Toddler Program serves the needs of children from infancy to age 3 who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. Our team consists of a certified Teacher of the Deaf, Speech Therapist and our Educational Audiologist. Parents and/or caregivers are an essential part of our team and participate in each session. The children in this program have varying degrees of hearing loss and use technology such as hearing aids, cochlear implants and BAHAs. Our staff supports the family’s choice of communication modality and listening devices. All of our students receive routine audiological testing on-site to monitor their hearing and technology.
Infant Program (Birth to 1 year)
Our youngest students attend individual sessions that focus on the unique needs of each family and child. Caregivers learn how to incorporate communication, language and listening into daily routines and experiences at home. The teacher and therapist work together to monitor the child’s development and create goals. Parent training is focused on using strategies to improve listening and communication, getting comfortable with listening devices and understanding hearing loss.
Toddler Program (12 months to 3 years)
The Toddler Program is based on the same principles as the Infant Program, but sessions become longer as the child is able to respond to his/her surroundings and peers. Toddlers attend class in small groups in addition to receiving individual speech therapy. The small group setting allows children to build social skills and to practice listening and communicating in noise. Parents should continue to be the primary participants in the sessions, discussions and workshops. Attending class with other parents also provides opportunities to meet other families who may have similar experiences and needs.
Preschool Total Communication Program
Total communication (TC), for ages 3 and 4, is the philosophy of education children with a hearing loss that incorporates all means of communication: formal American Sign Language, natural gestures, fingerspelling, non-manual behaviors, listening, lip reading and speech. The children in our TC program typically wear hearing aids or cochlear implants. The TC Program provides each child with the opportunity to bridge the concept of understanding to the spoken language, equal access to language and less frustration to communicate with family, friends and peers. Our full-day program provides a comprehensive school readiness program in all academic and social areas needed for kindergarten. The New York Preschool Curriculum is used to create learning centers, literacy activities and play centered units.
Integrated Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten Program
Our Integrated Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten Auditory Verbal Program, for 3- and 4-year-old children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, features a developmentally appropriate curriculum aligned with the Common Core Standards for preschool and kindergarten. Specifically designed for children with cochlear implants, hearing aid users and their hearing peers, the program provides opportunities through language, literacy and play. In conjunction with a comprehensive educational program, parents are involved in their child’s receptive and expressive language. On average, 95% of our auditory verbal preschoolers return to their local school districts by Kindergarten.
The Elementary Program follows a rigorous academic curriculum focusing on critical thinking, decision making, problem solving skills, as well as speech and language skills and speaking/signing. Reading and writing skills are developed in a literacy block and are also heavily stressed throughout the other core content area. Students take classes in art, computers, physical education, STEM/library, cooking and health. The small student-to-staff ratio in the classrooms allows for individualized attention and insures that each child’s specific needs are being met. Weekly class meetings support character development.
Career Development & Occupational Studies
The CDOS Commencement Credential can be awarded, upon graduation from high school, to a student who has entry-level work readiness skills. The CCDOS Commencement Credential can be earned by students with disabilities with a regular high school diploma or as their only high school exiting credential for those who did not earn a local or Regents diploma. The CDOS Commencement Credential is not a local or Regents high school diploma. The CDOS Commencement Credential means the student has met the high school learning standards necessary for work success and has completed 216 hours of work-based learning experiences in school, business or community settings.
Junior/Senior High School Program
Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf is committed to providing a safe environment for all students to excel academically, socially and emotionally. Staff, students and the entire school community work together to help every child realize his/her potential to become a responsible and productive member of society and a lifelong learner.
The Jr./Sr. High School Program is an accredited New York State program. We provide high quality, efficient educational classes through which all students are able to achieve the Common Core Standards leading to a high school diploma. Additionally, vocational training and independent living skills training is given for those students not eligible for a NYS diploma. These multiple pathways to graduation are available and lead to a variety of post-secondary options.
Mill Neck Manor students can participate in basketball, cheerleading, soccer, softball, track and field. Mill Neck teams compete against schools with hearing peers and Deaf students in several leagues. Our Extended Day Program is held weekly for two hours after school allowing students (ages six to twenty-one) to pursue personal interests, such as cooking, computers, arts and crafts, dance and performing arts in a safe, caring environment. Extended day classes are determined by our students’ ages and areas of interest.
Our six-week summer program offers intensive instruction in academic areas for students requiring extra instruction, as determined by their Committee on Special Education, to ensure that there is no substantial regression of skills over the summer. Speech, physical counseling and occupational therapy are provided. The program is enhanced by special projects and field trips.
In addition to classroom teachers and special teachers for art, physical education, computer, cooking and STEM/library, students have access to psychologists, a registered nurse, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech and language specialists, reading specialist, school audiologist, school counselors and social workers.
Transition and Vocational Services
The State Education Department has mandated transitional assessment for all students 12 years and older. Mill Neck Manor believes that every student’s transitional planning should begin as soon as the child enters school. Transition is a child-centered, lifelong process beginning at age 14. Each year, as part of the IEP (Individualized Education Plan) process, parents are invited to participate in the transitional planning along with their child, school personnel and community service providers. As team members, parents and children will learn advocacy skills that will enable them to be aware of and to exercise their rights.
Partners in Education
Parents are key members of the educational team and are strongly encouraged to take an active role in their child’s schooling. This initiative facilitates a relationship between school and home by providing parents with training and support groups. Parents’ participation in their child’s schooling and open communication between teachers, specialists and parents are the goals.
The Athletic Program at Mill Neck provides students with an opportunity to appreciate physical fitness and to acquire life-long skills through a variety of activities. Athletics enhances the intellectual, social and personal development of our student-athletes, helping them to grow through their experience.
Mill Neck offers a variety of programs for our student-athletes: Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Fitness, Track & Field and Intramurals.
Fall: Soccer and Volleyball
Winter: Fitness, Cheerleading, Basketball
Spring: Track & Field, Fitness, Intramurals
Mill Neck is currently a member of the Eastern Schools for the Deaf Athletic Association (ESDAA). There are 17 Deaf schools along the Northeast that are affiliated with ESDAA.
Read a comprehensive guide on choosing the right assistive technology for Deaf students with additional disabilities from the Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative (WATI).
Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf
40 Frost Mill Road, P.O. Box 12
Mill Neck, NY 11765
Francine Atlas Bogdanoff
Social Worker: 516-628-4272
School Nurse: 516-628-4233
Business Office: 516-628-4226