Hayes Day School (Cardinal Hayes School for Special Children)

Cardinal Hayes School for Special Children is a not-for-profit day school serving students who are multi-disabled. Affiliated with Cardinal Hayes Home for Children, the school provides special education programs for many of the children who reside at the Home and also accepts special needs individuals residing in the community who are referred by their school districts. Committees on Special Education of area school districts are invited to consider Cardinal Hayes School as placement for students with severe intellectual disabilities.

Our school received its charter in 1984 and is certified by the New York State Education Department. Students attending the school must be classified as needing special education in accordance with the regulations of the Commissioner of Education. The tuition rate is established by the NYS Education Department, and the local school district is responsible for tuition payment as well as transportation.

Cardinal Hayes School has a capacity of sixty students. In order to meet the extensive needs of the students, the school operates a twelve-month program. Classes are staffed by certified teachers and assistants. A full-time nurse monitors the medical needs of the students; part-time staff includes an adaptive physical education teacher, speech therapists, physical therapists and occupational therapists.

Located on ten wooded acres at the eastern end of the Village of Millbrook, Cardinal Hayes School was designed to serve students with extensive needs. The classrooms have large, open spaces to accommodate wheelchairs and special equipment such as standing boards and mats for physical therapy. The natural, unspoiled beauty of the site on which the school is located creates a pleasant, serene environment.

For further information regarding enrollment procedure or program content or to arrange an on-site visit, call (845) 677-3251.

Notice of Non Discriminatory Policy as to Students

Cardinal Hayes School for Special Children, Millbrook, New York, a school for studens with developmental disabilities, admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies and other school-administered programs.

Executive Director: Mrs. Mary Sontheimer
Director of Education: Mrs. Maryann Schipani