Therapeutic Accreditation from National Independent Private School Association (NIPSA)
Unlike most schools that position themselves to be “therapeutic”, Academics West is a true clinical program and is the only therapeutically accredited day school in New York City. As a Level Three therapeutic school, therapy is a requirement for all students and is conducted solely by licensed mental health professionals with a minimum of two years of experience. This level of certification also indicates that family therapy is an integral part of the program. Academics West, therefore, provides traditional academic support and remediation while also offering a wide array of clinical interventions. Students benefit from individual and group therapy, family therapy, art therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy in an integrated collaborative care model.
"In the year that my son has been in the program, we've seen quite a few of our goals for him being realized. He's regained his confidence, really started to enjoy school, and wants to socialize again."
C.S. - parent of 5th grade student
Academics West has been able to provide our child with a unique classroom setting that provides a customized curriculum and therapeutic support. Academics West truly is a special place that can not only intellectually challenge and stimulate your child, but also provide the therapeutic support that is often missing in other school settings.
J.L. - Parent of 7th grade student
I was professionally introduced to Academics/Therapy West, and their founders, Evan and Jeff, in 2014. Since this time, I have collaborated quite closely with them and their team to help a number of students who have struggled to be properly education in a traditional classroom setting. The amazing gains (academically, socially, emotionally, and confidence-wise) I have seen in these students since entering into their highly individualized, flexible, and therapeutic program have been incredible, and I consistently receive positive feedback from the families I have referred to them.
I have watched Academics West grow and flourish over the years and I am thrilled to see how many more students they can assists in their new space!
Jennifer L. Oratio, Psy. D. - Pediatric Neuropsychologist