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Pine Bush Satellite Program

Kerry Duke, Principal

Office: (845) 361-9215, Fax (845) 361-9340


The satellite programs located in the Pine Bush Central School District are the least-restrictive class placements offered by the Special Education Program of the Orange-Ulster BOCES. Transitional in nature and located in four general education school environments, the primary focus of all classes is to provide the necessary instructional and related services to our students so that they may improve in academic, vocational and behavioral areas. It is the overall goal of the special education satellite in the Pine Bush Central School District to ensure a successful student return to the general education classes in their home districts.

Class Size and Student Offerings


Pakanasink Elementary School 8:1+1 Classes: The Pakanasink Elementary School satellite serves students in grades 6 through 8. Students at this location benefit from small group instruction and the additional related services provided to them as prescribed on their Individual Education Plans (IEPs). Classes are provided with opportunities to interact with the general education students through assemblies and other school activities.


Program Offerings

New York State Certified Teachers

High staff-to-student ratio

Computers in every classroom

Staff trained in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI)

Individual and Group Counseling

Social Skills Training

Adaptive Physical Education

Music, Art, Library

Integration Activities

Full Time Nursing Services

Technology to support learning

Speech, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, VI Services, and ESL Services as per a student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

Transition Services including career exploration, prevocational/vocational training and on-site and off-campus job opportunities.