Programs and Pathways



Academic and Support Services

Academic Programming

Finger Lakes Secondary School offers a rich academic-based learning experience within a supportive environment. Staff selects resources and activities which support students’ learning styles. By following New York State Standards, staff prepare students for all state assessments. All students have the opportunity to earn Career Development and Occupational Studies experience throughout their time at Finger Lakes Secondary School. For students whose IEP indicates that they will be taking the NYS Alternate Assessment, a School-to-Career Program is offered.

Individual Counseling

All students in our program have a counselor whom they see on a regular basis. Individual counseling is determined by the student’s home school district, parents and school representatives. The student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) will indicate the exact amount. Students with counseling have a set day and time to see their counselor each week. Additional or crisis counseling is available should the student or team feel it is needed. When a primary counselor is absent, a secondary or “back up” counselor is available. The counselors are listed on each student’s Individual Crisis Management Plan (ICMP).

Group Counseling

Group counseling is part of the Social Skills Development Program. Each classroom schedules two 30 minute sessions per week. The classroom teacher and a clinical staff member work as a team to discuss pertinent issues to be covered in the group session. These issues may include but are not limited to anger control strategies, stress reduction/relaxation, good sportsmanship, self- esteem, etc. Additional topics based on individual classroom needs are addressed as well. The purpose of group counseling is to introduce, develop and practice skills necessary for students to appropriately interact with peers and adults in and out of the school setting.

Day Treatment

Day Treatment (DTx) is a component of Elmira Psychiatric Center, and may be an additional service to the Social Skills Development program. Day Treatment provides intensive therapy in a special education setting for children with severe mental health and behavioral problems and their families. The Day Treatment staff, which includes social workers, a psychiatrist and a psychiatric nurse, works closely with students and their parents/caretakers on issues related to the child’s functioning at home, school and in the community. The program provides psychiatric consultation, including medication therapy when indicated.

Additional Related Services

Students may receive other related services, including speech therapy, occupational therapy, or physical therapy. These services are determined by parents and the home school district, and are indicated on a student’s IEP.