Special Education/Section 504

Dear Community Members,

Welcome to the Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services Department in The Bronxville School.  We are committed, as a community, to addressing the educational needs of our children who have disabilities from the age of 3 through the age of 21.

Committee on Pre-School Education (CPSE)

Any children who are 3 to 5 years of age and are suspected of having a disability and live within the Bronxville School District can be referred for a pre-school evaluation.  These pre-school evaluations are conducted by Westchester County approved pre-school evaluation sites. The CPSE is a multi- disciplinary team who will convene to determine if a pre-school child is eligible for special education as outlined in New York State regulations.

Committee on Special Education (CSE)

As required by the New York State Education Department, if a school age student (ages 5 to 21) is suspected as having a disability, the Bronxville School conducts multi-disciplinary evaluations.  Once the evaluations are complete, the student will be reviewed by the CSE to determine if they have a disability and are eligible for special education. Students with disabilities are provided Individualized Education Plans (IEP’s), which can include special classes, resource room, consultant teacher, related services, assistive technology as well as accommodations/ modifications in the general education classroom.  The Bronxville School employs School Psychologists, Special Education Teachers, Speech/Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, and Physical Therapists in order to assess students’ needs, to plan appropriate educational programs, and to service students who are found eligible.

The Bronxville School is committed to offering special education in the least restrictive environment.  To that end, we provide education to our students with disabilities alongside their non-disabled peers to the maximum extent appropriate.

Section 504

The Bronxville School’s Pupil Personnel Department is also involved in determining if a student requires a Section 504 Accommodation Plan in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  Students who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities may be eligible for a Section 504 Accommodation Plan.

Remote Learning

In our current state of Remote Learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the related services and Psychology departments have created some resources for students and families online. 

District Wide Related Services Website
District Wide Psychology Website

Off to the right, you will find my contact information in addition to all of our School Psychologists who are prepared to assist you with any questions you may have.  


For information about our Bronxville Organization for Learning Differences (BOLD), a parent support group through our PTA, please click on the following link: https:\\www.bronxvillepta.org\bold

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have regarding your child’s educational needs.

Warm regards,

Rachel L. Kelly, Ph.D.


Rachel Kelly, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools
914-395-0500, Ext. 1200

Christine Dowd, Ed.M.
Director of Pupil Personnel Services
914-395-0500, Ext. 3630

Danielle Santariello
School Psychologist 
Grades K through 12
CPSE Chair
914-395-0500, Ext. 2354

Alex Kelly, Ed.M., NCSP
School Psychologist
Grades K through 2
914-395-0500, Ext. 2154

Samantha Lewis, Ph.D.
School Psychologist
Grades 3 through 5
914-395-0500, Ext. 2257

Joyce Vastola, Psy.D.
School Psychologist
Elementary CARE Program
914-395-0500, Ext. 2237

Jillian Tomlin, M.Ed., NCSP
School Psychologist
Grades 6 through 8
914-395-0500, Ext. 2226

Lauren Keschner
School Psychologist 
Grades 9 through 12
914-395-0500, Ext. 2355

Eileen Fogarty
Pupil Personnel Services Assistant
CPSE and CSE Facilitator
914-395-0500, Ext. 2285

The Board of Education of the Bronxville Union Free School District does not discriminate in the educational programs and activities which it operates.  As per the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, if you suspect that your child has a disability that may require special education services or accommodations in order to accomplish our educational and/or extra curricular program, please contact Dr. Rachel Kelly, Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Services and Human Resources at 914-395-0500, Ext. 2402, or rkelly@bronxvilleschool.org.