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Chester Academy Satellite Program

Jodie Maassen, Principal

Meghan Gildea, Assistant Principal

845-469-3995, Fax: 845-469-7123


The Orange-Ulster BOCES Chester Academy Satellite is located in the Chester Central School District. This program strives to follow the philosphy that children with disabilities should be given the opportunity to achieve their maximum potential.

The Chester Academy Satellite Program serves students ages 13 to 16 years (grades 9 through 12). The staff works to provide the best care and education that expertise, technology and experience can offer. The goal of the program is to enable students to become as independent as possible, more self-sufficient and empowered, better able to exercise some control over their own lives and to function productively and successfully as integral members of their family and the larger community. In meeting Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and diploma criteria, teachers modify and adapt the course material to satisfy curriculum requirements.

Class Size and Student Offerings

8:1+1 Classes: This is the maximum class size for students whose management/social needs interfere with the instructional process. Students whose management/social needs require a high degree of individualized attention are served within the classroom ratio. These students benefit from small group instruction with additional support service.

Program Offerings

New York State Certified Teachers

High staff to student ratio

Staff trained in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

Access to a variety of technology resources - inlcuding computers, Smart Board Technology and Instructional Technology

Adapted Physical Education

Speech/Language Services, OT, PT, Counseling

Library, Music, Art

Nursing Services

Social skills training