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Pleasantville Laboratory School

Pleasantville Laboratory School
Westchester Community College
Pleasantville Laboratory School
75 Grasslands Avenue
Valhalla, NY 10595
Program Contact Kristen Weiss
Program Contact Email
Phone Kristen Weiss
Website Program website

The Pleasantville Laboratory School at Westchester Community College, designed for students 18 - 21 years with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, operates under the Pleasantville School District on the Westchester Community College campus, thus affording social, educational and vocational opportunities with same‐aged peers. Our program is devised to teach students skills and strategies in order to transition to adult life as independently as possible. Classes are provided in partnership with The Pleasantville Lab School, Westchester Community College, and The Division of Workforce Development and Community Education at Westchester Community College. Lab School students are able to work towards a Skill and Achievement Commencement Credential, Career Development Occupational Studies Credential, or a GED through the Pleasantville Laboratory School.

Program information submitted: February 16, 2022

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 2-year community college or junior college
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 10
Description of our summer transition program:
School district or agency partner: Pleasantville Union Free School District
Contact person: Kristen Weiss
Program serves students who have left high school? No, all of our students are still in high school
Deadline to apply to this program: Rolling
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-21
Accepts out-of-state students? No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • All disabilities considered
Program length: Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 90.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 100.00%
Notes on acceptance and attendance: Students remain in the program until they exit high school or age out.
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? We are not a CTP, and have no plans to become one.
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Local School District funds
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
More about course access: Due to COVID the campus was running a lot of the inclusive college courses remotely. We determined based on each student's goals if participating in a remote college course was use of their time. We had four students choose to participate in inclusive college courses last year.
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes: The students can participate in a Personal Finance, Health & Living Class, Cooking, Nutrition, Computers and ELA
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 50-74%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? No
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Vocational and Life Studies (VALS) Non-Credit Workforce Credentials
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Health services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
  • Academic advising services (not program staff)
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 10%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 50%
Additional information about career development and work experience: The students participate in a vocational class in addition to on and off campus internships
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 50-74%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Club sports
  • Campus events