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The Residential Program

The New York Institute’s Residential Program provides a home-like atmosphere while the students are at school. Students from the Schermerhorn program live in dormitories and interact with
supportive and knowledgeable staff.

Residential students sitting at a table

The Residential Program believes that learning doesn’t stop at the end of the school day. Students receive help with their homework and practice skills related to independent living. Throughout the week students are involved in shopping, meal planning, food preparation, and care of their living area.


Staff accompanies students off campus to Broadway shows, major sporting events, movies, and restaurants. The recreation staff offers a daily schedule of activities. Some favorites include swimming, bowling and exercising.


Team sports such as goalball, cheerleading, basketball, wrestling, swimming, and track and field give the students opportunities to compete with other schools. The staff works closely with the families in developing the goals for each student. This partnership is important since new skills learned must be used when the students return home on the weekends and for holidays.