Brooklyn Blue Feather Elementary

An Applied Behavior Analysis Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Ages 5 – 12



Brooklyn Blue Feather Elementary, (also known as BBF,) accepts children between 5 and 12 years of age who reside in the five New York City boroughs. Children must exhibit behavioral characteristics associated with autism and must have an educational classification of autism. Students must be recommended for a Non-Public School (NPS) placement by the New York City Department of Education. The school aims to help students achieve the level of functioning that will allow them to transition to less restrictive environments.

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Educational programming is designed to address individual needs in high student-to-teacher ratio classrooms; classroom ratios can be 10:1:2, 8:1:1 or 8:1:4, depending on the personalized learning and behavioral needs of the students.  Classroom teachers receive support from a team of School Administrators, Therapists, and Program Coordinators who are experts in providing effective instruction to students with autism spectrum disorders and those learners with similar deficits.  This includes extensive training in behavioral approaches, structured teaching methods, and academic instruction and our Program Coordinator team includes a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who helps oversee advanced behavioral interventions, modifications, and supports.

Instructional programming focuses on teaching academics, language, self-help, and daily living skills, effective communication, and appropriate social skills. Brooklyn Blue Feather Elementary School follows the Common Core State Standards and all children are assessed alternatively. Classrooms teachers utilize VB-MAPP, ABLLS, Individualized Goal Selection (IGS), and the Syracuse Curriculum to create educational plans and devise appropriate learning objectives.

In particular, BBF utilizes strategies, programming, and instructional methods such as:

Within Brooklyn Blue Feather Elementary, the following services are provided:


Brooklyn Blue Feather Elementary
2335 Gerritsen Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11229

Principal: Denise Polanco-Nieves