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.

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.


Dr. Rachel Kelly
Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel and Human Resources
914-395-0500, Ext. 2402

Jillian Tomlin, M.Ed.
School Psychologist
CPSE Chair
Kindergarten through Grade 2
914-395-0500, Ext. 2226

Minu Thomas, Psy.D.
School Psychologist
Grades 3 through 5
914-395-0500, Ext. 2277

Joyce Vastola, Psy.D.
School Psychologist
Grades 6 through 8
914-395-0500, Ext. 2237

Samantha Lewis, Ph.D.
School Psychologist
Grades 9 through 12
914-395-0500, Ext. 2257

Eileen Fogarty
Secretary to Pupil Personnel Services
914-395-0500, Ext. 2285