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Raymond C. Cramer Elementary School

Pilar Rocha, Principal

Laura Russell, Assistant Principal

Office: (845) 291-0200 ext 10280 FAX: 845-291-0279


As one of the longest running programs in Orange-Ulster BOCES, Raymond C. Cramer Elementary School is recognized as a tradition in excellence. It is designed to meet the needs of multiply disabled/developmentally delayed children ages 5 to 13. The staff is dedicated to providing a supportive environment, which is uniquely tailored to encourage each child to reach their highest level of independence. Each day students work on developing activities of daily living, readiness, academics, recreational and pre-vocational skills. Programming is comprehensive and supported by a team approach, which includes teachers, therapists, counselors, nurses, and most importantly, parents.


Class Sizes and Student Offerings

9:1+3 Classes

Students enrolled in these classes benefit from the intensive support provided by additional personnel. The classes address New York State Learning Standards through Alternate Grade Level Indicators, which emphasize functional academics, Activities of Daily Living (ADL) Skills, social and recreational skills.

6:1+2 Classes

Students in these classes strengthen their sense of touch, sense of balance, and sense of where their body is in space. The sensory classrooms provide an environment that allows for exploration and "ordering" of a child's sensory system. In order to do this, we lotion all of their extremities, we position them on the mats and we give their bodies additional appropriate sensory input through bouncing a ball or swinging in a swing. We limit the amount of extraneous visual and auditory input by having some of the florescent lights covered and by playing calming music in the background such as Mozart. We give the children a sense of awareness that will help them function through the day.

Student Offerings

  • New York State Certified Teachers
  • High staff to student ratios
  • Computers in every classroom
  • Staff trained in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI)
  • Therapeutic pool (Hydrotherapy)
  • Speech therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Vision therapy
  • Pre-vocational activities
  • Social skills training
  • Adaptive physical education
  • Music, art, library
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Full-time nursing services
  • Assistive technology
  • Instructional technology
  • Middletown Community Health Center satellite
  • Psychiatric consultations available as needed
  • Sensory Integration Programming, including access to Snoezelen Room