At Summit School at Nyack, we believe every day is a fresh opportunity to start anew and develop stable, gratifying relationships with adults and peers. By working with staff across many disciplines, students master the skills needed to thrive in school, at home, and in the community. Our task is to inspire motivation and help develop new patterns of behavior that will put each student on the path to successful adulthood.

We understand that students may be coming to us after years of repeated setbacks. Guided and supported by special education teachers, social workers and residential staff, students learn to take risks and open themselves to new experiences, responsibilities, and relationships that will enrich their lives.

Summit provides a caring atmosphere with a deep commitment to the betterment of the students in our care. To create this atmosphere, we integrate:

  • academic services

  • recreational programming
  • intensive individual psychotherapy

  • constructive parent communication

  • psychiatric supervision

  • nutritional counseling

  • vocational counseling

  • college preparation

  • transition planning


The ascent from childhood to adulthood is riddled with challenges. To students with social and emotional difficulties, the potential pitfalls may seem impossible to overcome. These students deserve the support of a specialized school and community to offer comfort, instill confidence, and deliver consistent support during these difficult times.

The Summit School at Nyack’s mission is to provide a unified yet individualized and thoughtful approach to therapeutic, academic, and recreational programming. Students receive specialized instruction, guidance, and encouragement to build on their strengths and realize their potential. In our community all students define and achieve personal success as they embrace their own promising future.


The Summit School at Nyack has two distinct but integrated programs, day and residential. While day and residential students attend the same classes and have similar schedules and support throughout the school day, each program has its own referral and admissions processes. Students are referred to the day or residential program by their home school district CSE in accordance with the level of structure and supervision that the student requires. While day students leave campus at the end of the school day, students in the residential program continue structured programming.


The Summit School at Nyack is a coeducational program working with young adults whose social-emotional difficulties are affecting their day-to-day functioning. Our students have struggled to succeed in more traditional school settings and need an individualized approach to help them feel confident and comfortable as they embark on this next chapter in their lives. While some of our students’ needs can be met within the day program, others require a more wrap-around approach. Our residential students continue to need a therapeutic milieu during non-school hours and benefit from structured activities, a built-in structure to non-school hours, and support to navigate their social worlds.

Our students typically present as emotionally fragile and can be socially withdrawn. They often have a history of depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and other psychiatric conditions that hinder their ability to navigate adolescence more independently.

These circumstances have led some of our students to avoid regular school attendance and interacting with peers. This could lead to a decompensation in sleep, hygiene, and activities of daily living, requiring support and guidance to establish a healthier daily routine. Some of our students are on the high-functioning end of the Autism Spectrum Disorder and require interventions to learn how to better read social cues, connect appropriately with peers, and maintain friendships.

Due to their various social-emotional difficulties our students often have histories of psychiatric hospitalizations and school avoidance. We work to strike a balance between providing a supervised therapeutic milieu while offering a more open and typical adolescent experience than a hospital setting.

In order to be successful at Summit, our students must be able to participate meaningfully and safely within the academic, recreational, residential and clinical aspects of our program.