The Orchard School

Located on the sloping hill of a former apple orchard, the nationally acclaimed Orchard School embodies both the comfort of nurturing care and the promise of new opportunities.

a young girl at the orchard school making science toys out of beverage bottles

About the Orchard School

Over one hundred students in grades K through 9 attend the Orchard School.  Most of our students are referred to Andrus by their local school districts.  Residential and day students are educated together in a nurturing environment designed to bolster both academic achievement and behavioral health. All of us at Andrus are proud that the Orchard School has been nationally recognized by being designated a Blue Ribbon School three times by the U.S. Department of Education, and accreditation and affiliations have earned the Orchard School numerous credentials and awards.

Contact Us

To contact the Orchard School directly, please call (914) 798-5588, or email mainoffice@orchardschool.org.

To learn more about our Residential Program, please call Kattia Grant-Reinoso at (914) 418-2837, or email campusadmissions@jdam.org.

To inquire about admissions, please click the Program Admissions button below to request more information.

Curriculum

Students at our school receive highly specialized instructional services in classrooms with an average of eight students and at least two staff, assuring each child the tailored attention needed to reduce frustration and foster success. We emphasize hands-on projects that encourage children to see themselves as capable and creative, while individualized reading, writing and math instruction permit students to forge ahead or catch up at their own pace, without feelings of stigma or difference.

The Orchard School is achieving the Common Core Standards through:

  • Smart Boards and Technology in each classroom
  • Direct Instruction Reading Program
  • Scripted Math Program
  • FOSS Science
  • Inquiry Based Science Program
  • Library Media Center
  • After school tutoring
  • NYS Testing
Our daughter started here four years ago as a residential student, and it has been a real pleasure to have her here… Everything’s going so much better for her. The therapeutic side of Andrus I think is the most important part for her. Without that we don’t know where we would have been… this place has just done so much for her.” — Orchard School parent

The STARS Building

To respond to the growing need for appropriate educational planning and placement for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), we have established the “STARS Building” for grades 6-9– our school wing catering to students on the Autism Spectrum. The STARS Building has evolved into a specialized program designed to meet the needs of children who may have primary or co-occurring diagnoses of Asperger’s Disorder, Autism, or Pervasive Developmental Disorder-NOS.
front entrance to orchard school campus

Behavorial Approach

Orchard School teachers utilize a classroom management plan that is proactive, positive, and instructional, and that aids in the student’s behavioral management. The goal of our approach is to develop a classroom of students who are responsible, motivated and highly engaged in meaningful tasks. An underlying theme of our work is teaching behavioral expectations in the same manner as any core curriculum subject. Rather than telling a student what not to do, our staff sets clear and positive behaviors as goals for our students.

Some of the models and techniques we use include:


  • PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports)
  • CHAMPS program (Conversation, Help, Activity, Movement, Participation and Success)
  • Sensory Rooms
“It’s a beautiful place. If every school in New York were to have this much space, we would have a better world, and that’s the truth… Because this is a very positive, free environment. It gives the children space to grow… This is a peaceful area, it’s a very safe environment for children.” — Orchard School parent

To contact the Orchard School directly, please call (914) 798-5588, or email mainoffice@orchardschool.org.

To learn more about our Residential Program, please call Kattia Grant-Reinoso at (914) 418-2837, or email campusadmissions@jdam.org.

To inquire about admissions, please click the Program Admissions button below to request more information.

Enrichments

In addition to academic skills, our program includes abundant opportunities for artistic and athletic exploration and success, including an adventure-based counseling program, chorus, dance, sports and a six week thematic summer session.

Other enrichments include:

  • Spring/Winter Concerts
  • International Food Festival
  • Field Trips to support thematic learning
  • Annual trips to Philadelphia and Washington D.C.
  • Parent Education Nights: Understanding diagnosis, Anti Bullying, Sexual Health and more.
  • Science Fair
  • Art Show

Clinical Services

Andrus provides clinical services to both day and residential students. The integration of clinical services to both these programs is a hallmark of Andrus. Clinical services are provided by trained and licensed clinical social workers, psychology interns, post-doctoral candidates and expressive arts professionals as well as psychiatrists when indicated.
Additional specialized services, including enriched academic, arts and treatment programming are also part of each student’s program. All interventions emphasize those strategies for emotional regulation, social skills and symptom management that will lead to success in school and personal relationships.

Core Clinical Services include:

    • Spring/Winter Concerts
    • Weekly individual sessions
    • Group therapy sessions
    • Family therapy and dyadic sessions

Additional specialized services, including enriched academic, arts and treatment programming are also part of each student’s program. All interventions emphasize those strategies for emotional regulation, social skills and symptom management that will lead to success in school and personal relationships.

We strongly believe that growth and change are possible for all of the children and families that we serve. We welcome families as full partners in the multi-disciplinary Treatment Team. Our staff is committed to providing evidence-based best practices as well as innovative clinical interventions. Clinicians receive a high level of ongoing training and support to ensure excellent and effective care.

We view relationships with children and families as paramount, meaning our clinical staff take every opportunity to support families during challenging times.

To contact the Orchard School directly, please call (914) 798-5588or email mainoffice@orchardschool.org.

To learn more about our Residential Program, please call Kattia Grant-Reinoso at (914) 418-2837or email campusadmissions@jdam.org.

To inquire about admissions, please click the Program Admissions button below to request more information.