About Us

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Overview
Admission
Academics
Special Education
ESL
Transition Resources
Overview
Passages Academy provides educational instruction and counseling for students ages 16 and younger in secure and non-secure detention and placement settings. Passages Academy is New York City Department of Education (DOE) school operated by District 79 . Passages Academy operates in collaboration with the New York City Administration of Children Services (ACS), Division of Youth and Family Justice (DYFJ), Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) and Office of Youth and Family Development (OYFD) to provide educational services to New York City students entrusted to their care and custody. We also collaborate with the Office of Children and Family Services to provide academic instruction to students diverted from incarceration. Passages Academy allows youth to continue education by providing middle school and high school instruction. We review every youth's academic history, create a program for the youth that matches his or her ability and provide supports for each youth to make academic progress. Students attending Passages Academy are provided with a rigorous educational curriculum that integrates both academic learning as well as social emotional learning.
Admission

When youth is placed into detention or placement settings, the youth will be enrolled in Passages Academy shortly after being admitted to a detention center. Prior to attending class, the youth will participate in an orientation. The orientation period gives staff an opportunity to review your child's transcript with him or her and together, they will begin planning for his or her education services and transition to a community school after release.

Academics
Following orientation, the youth will be assigned a class program based on his or her grade level and academic needs at the time of enrollment. The school offers most courses found in middle and high schools in the community, including English, Math, Social Studies, Science, Art, and Physical Education. Students requiring specific courses for graduation are given individual instruction in the required class. We have small classes, licensed special education teachers, and social workers to help our students meet their academic and social emotional goals. Passages Academy prepares all students who are eligible to take middle school and Regents exams and the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSELAT) at each of its sites on the scheduled citywide test dates.
Special Education

We provide individualized services for students with disabilities. Upon enrollment, we review the youth's IEP and create a Special Education Plan (SEP). The SEP outlines the program and services the youth will receive at the site where he or she is attending school. We have small classes, paraprofessionals, licensed special education teachers, and collaborative teaching to help your child meet his or her academic goals. We also provide counseling to students whose IEP mandates such services.

ESL

We have teachers who service students who have been designated as English Language Learners. ESL certified teachers work with students who require extra language support and services inside the classrooms, along with individual pullout sessions depending on the level of need. The goal is to maintain continuity for English Language Learners by keeping them in classes with their peers, rather than isolating them in ESL only classes. Our ESL certified teachers collaborate closely with all subject content area teachers to identify and support the needs of English Language Learners. 

Transition Resources
We have a number of resources available to ensure every youth makes a seamless transition to his or her community school. A Transition Specialist is assigned to work with youth while enrolled at Passages Academy. The Transition Specialist helps students, families, and partners understand transcripts, school options and educational pathways. The Transition Specialist will assist the student in navigating readmission to a community school by setting up school visits with the receiving school, and supporting youth through the application process. Every youth enrolled in Passages Academy has a Transition Plan. The Transition Team will also work with students up to 6 months after discharge from Passages Academy, to ensure success in transferring back to a community school setting.

"I never knew that if I paid attention that I could do the work. I am learning how to do the work here." 

"Here I am known and appreciated."

"I want to beat the statistic."

"I am in a bad situation but am making something good out of it." 

"What would I say to a little kid? Stay in school if you want to be a superhero."