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Campus Admissions

Welcome to ANDRUS! The Admissions Department is¬†committed¬†to¬†assisting you and your loved ones as¬†you¬†learn about our campus services and ways in which we may be able to offer social, emotional, and academic based supports. There’s so much our campus has to offer and we would appreciate the opportunity to help¬†you¬†in your search for the best fit program. We look forward to hearing from you!

For more information Contact Admissions:

Leslie B. Zeller, LCSW
(914) 965 3700 ext.1267
lzeller@jdam.org

Or Read Our Frequently Asked Questions:

1.      What is the difference between the day students and those who reside on campus and why are children placed at Andrus?

  • Our Residential Program serves 73 children in grades kindergarten-9th grade. In addition we have 79 children who attend the Orchard School daily.
  • Day students are placed at Andrus because their social and emotional experiences make it difficult for them to perform to their fullest academic potential in the public school setting, even with additional supports, provided by the corresponding school district. These children require therapeutic support, in addition to specialized academic support.
  • Children in our Residential Treatment Program are placed at Andrus because they require 24 hour consistency, supervision, and therapeutic support, in addition to specialized academic support.¬† Their social and emotional experiences make it difficult for them to perform to their fullest academic potential in a school setting, while also managing and navigating the daily transition between home and school.

2.      What specific services are offered in the school and campus programs?

  • All children attend our nationally recognized special education school, the Orchard School, located on the Andrus Campus.
  • All children have an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP), which forms the basis of their academic curriculum
  • Our Day and Residential students receive academic supports in a classroom with a ratio of 8:1:1 (8 children, 1 head teacher, and 1 assistant teacher)
  • All children receive both individual and group therapies, weekly.
  • All children may receive Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy, if indicated as necessary by assessment, evaluation, and IEP.
  • Children in our Residential Program receive psychiatric services.
  • Day students receive their psychiatric services in their home communities as arranged by their families

3.      How are children referred to Andrus?

  • Children are most often formally referred to Andrus by the corresponding school district and Committee on Special Education
  • Children are at times referred to our Residential Program by the Department of Social Services
  • Andrus has relationships internationally, and receives referrals from specialists in the field of trauma

4.      Where do the families of Andrus children reside?

  • Day students reside in Westchester, Rockland, and Nassau Counties; the five Boroughs of New York City
  • Children in our Residential Program most often reside in New York State; we do have the ability to serve children nationally by means of Interstate Compact

5.      What is the process by which children are considered for admission to both the Orchard School and Residential Programs?

  • Formal referrals are accepted from the corresponding school district and Committee on Special Education or by the Department of Social Services
  • Referrals are first reviewed by the Admissions Department. If the admissions team believe Andrus may be able to serve the child presented in the referral material, families and treatment providers may then be invited for a tour of our facility and intake interview. Generally, decisions for acceptance are made within 5 business days.

6.      What is the average length of time that children remain enrolled at Andrus?

  • Our average length of stay is 18 months to two years.
  • The goal, beginning at the time of admission¬†is always for children to return to their homes, to be with their families and to be educated in their home school districts.

7.      How often do children in the Residential Treatment Center Program spend time at home?

  • Generally, children in our Residential Program spend every other weekend at home. Children may spend school vacations at home as well. This may occur more or less frequently, depending on the child‚Äôs ability to remain safe and the family‚Äôs ability to supervise. As children and families approach discharge from Andrus, weekends at home often occur every weekend.

8.      What supports are provided to families?

  • Families are an integral¬†part of the Andrus treatment team and we depend on families to teach us about their children. Parents know their children best!
  • Each child and family is assigned a primary clinician, upon admission. Families are encouraged to utilize this relationship as a means for collaboration throughout the duration of enrollment
  • Families of children in our Residential Program are encouraged to attend quarterly Family Nights, during which time their exists the opportunity for connection among the entire Andrus Community
  • Andrus invites families to participate in monthly Steering Committee meetings
  • Andrus offers family Mentorship and Alumni connections
  • Andrus offers individual parent training and large group educational seminars for families

9.      What are the expectations of families during children’s enrollment at Andrus?

  • It is the expectation that families maintain weekly telephone communication with the Andrus treatment team
  • It is the expectation that families attend family therapy sessions and/or parent training sessions twice each month
  • It is the expectation that families attend quarterly Treatment Planning Conferences
  • It is the expectation that families and the Andrus treatment team work together, with a unified goal of assisting the child in performing to their fullest potential

10.     What supports are offered during the discharge process?

  • The Clinical and Transition Departments offer advocacy to children and families, connect with potential future programs, and engage the CSE throughout

11.     What curriculum is used in the Orchard School?

  • The Orchard School follows the New York State Curriculum
  • Children participate in New York State Assessments, unless otherwise indicated on the IEP
  • Children in our 9th grade program sit for both the Algebra and Living Environment Regents Examination
  • The Orchard School¬†follows a 12 month program

12.     What treatment modalities are used in counseling/therapy

  • Clinicians are trained in the Sanctuary Model, Play Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Art, and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing