Cooke Center Grammar School
Located on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Cooke Center Grammar School provides elementary school children with special needs the benefits of a highly structured education and the opportunities essential to social and emotional development.
Guided by a collaborative team of experienced faculty and related service providers, our K-8 program educates students with mild-to-moderate cognitive or developmental disabilities and severe language-based learning disabilities. In a multi-disciplinary setting students learn among peers of similar age and ability in small self-contained classes of eight to 12. For those who are eligible for year-round education, we offer the Cooke Center Summer Academy.
A balanced curriculum—focused on integrating academics, life skills, and social/emotional growth—is delivered in an appropriately structured and supportive setting to maximize progress among students of all ages. A strong curriculum for pre-teen and adolescent development includes social activities to cultivate peer relations.
Our facilities include a science lab, an art studio, and a movement space dedicated to physical development. All students participate in yoga, adaptive physical education, music, and off-site educational experiences around New York City to complement the traditional academics taught within the classroom.
By the time our students have completed 8th grade, we have introduced them to the knowledge, social activities, and real-world experience they need to plan for an independent future and a smooth transition to high school. This includes departmentalized instruction,
Cooke's Full Inclusion program may be recommended for children with special needs who are ready to transition to a general education classroom. Full Inclusion offers students the appropriate level of staff support and modifications to learn alongside their peers.
A Cooke Center Grammar School education includes the core components and values intrinsic to the entire Cooke Center School, including:
- Instruction that begins with each student’s strengths and interests
- Integrated education that focuses on academics, social and life skills through a combination of instruction and therapy
- Community inclusion to help students practice skills in the real world
- Parents as partners in their child’s education to foster growth and independence
Please visit our School admissions page for an open house schedule and more information about applying to Cooke Center Grammar School.