Phyllis L. Susser School For Exceptional Children
Flushing, NY 11365
Principal: Michael Claus
Phyllis L. Susser School for Exceptional Children
The Phyllis L. Susser School For Exceptional Children (SEC) is a New York State approved non-public school that provides a 12-month special education day program for students age 10-21, funded by their local school districts. We are located in a quiet residential neighborhood within walking distance to St. John’s University and CUNY Queens College.
We serve a diverse group of students with educational challenges such as: autism, emotional disability, intellectual disability, impaired speech, other health impairments, multiple disabilities and traumatic brain injuries. Our students come from Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx.
Helping Your Child Achieve Their Highest Potential
At SEC, we provide a supportive, stimulating and nurturing environment where students feel valued and are safe to learn. Integrated services allow therapists and teachers to collaborate on student goals and work together throughout the day towards maximizing each student’s potential.
Our program offers a unique curriculum rich in technology and literacy based activities utilizing visual supports, a structured teaching model, visual communication systems and the Positive Behavior and Intervention Supports (PBIS) framework, among others. Extra-curricular opportunities include student government, horticulture, an award-winning locally exhibited art program, as well as interest groups involved in running, crafts, games, yoga, sports, and water activities in our pool.
Students also have the option to attend our onsite two-day After School Program and pre- and post-graduation assistance/opportunities. As students transition out of school, job development supports can be obtained through ACCESS-VR, OPWDD, Customized Employment, and Birch Family Services’ New Frontier Program.
Special Education Programs for students from 10-21 years of age
- A Children’s Residential Program
- Commitment to quality educational curriculum and instruction
- Pre-vocational program
- Community service volunteer experience
- Community integration
- 21st century work skill development leading to employment upon graduation
- Technology and literacy based curriculum
- Transition Program
- Horticulture Program
- Post-Graduation Options
- Extracurricular activities
Independence begins here
SEC is a place where children with emotional, cognitive, language or pervasive developmental disorders learn the skills they need to achieve independence. We build literacy, numeracy and communication into every aspect of learning, and offer experiences with music, the arts and technology, so that our students can develop new skills, take risks, and achieve a strong sense of self-worth.