A Brief History of The Lang School
The Lang School, located in New York City, was founded in 2009 by Micaela Bracamonte. Our school was established with a vision to provide an educational environment that specifically catered to the needs of twice-exceptional (2e) children—gifted students with learning differences. The Lang School was the first elementary school of its kind in the United States. Over the years, our school has grown into a K-12 program and has continued to shape its programs and practices to fulfill its mission of empowering our unique and exceptional learners.
The founding of The Lang School was inspired by Micaela Bracamonte's personal experience as a 2e learner and as a parent of 2e children. Though the school formally opened in 2009 in lower Manhattan, Micaela had, for several years prior, been organizing a home-school program in consultation with experts in the field designed to build upon her children’s precocious abilities and strengthen skills that were getting in their way. Recognizing the unique challenges faced by her children and countless other students and the lack of suitable educational options available, she set out to create a school that would address their specific needs. The school was named after an influential high school teacher, Cyril Lang, who insisted on teaching his tenth graders Aristotle and instilled in her a passion for education and advocacy.
In its early years, The Lang School operated as a small, independent institution, initially set up to serve a group of sixteen students. The school's philosophy engendered a design that provided a rigorous and child-centered education that integrated supports for 2e learners. The curriculum was designed to be empirically validated, meaning that instructional methods and interventions were based on research and evidence-based practices. See supplementary materials for examples.
As The Lang School gained recognition for its unique approach to educating 2e children, the demand for its programs grew. Originally located at 56 Reade Street, the school opened with two classes, K–2nd and 3rd–5th, each with eight students. The space was also shared with Quad Manhattan (now Quad Prep) that ran after school and weekend programs. The school quickly outgrew this space and moved to 11 Broadway. This new location provided sufficient space for up to 40 students and included a lobby/reception area, gym and Lab/Maker Space with several nooks and break out spaces. There were six classrooms all off of a common hallway and several offices for administration and specialists. During the 2020-2021 school year, the school moved to its current location at 26 Broadway; in the spring of 2023, the school acquired an additional 2000 square feet of contiguous space to support the growth of the upper school program. Contemporaneous with these moves, the school also continued to refine its curriculum and instructional practices to align with its mission and meet the evolving needs of its students.
Like schools around the country, The Lang school shifted to fully online instruction during the onset of the COVID 19 pandemic in 2020. The school devoted extensive technological resources and support for teachers and families to ensure that students would continue to receive the benefits of Lang’s highly specialized program.
During this same time period, the school's commitment to fostering independence and self-advocacy among its students deepened and became a central aspect of its educational philosophy. As well, a renewed focus on social justice emerged from staff and school leaders alike. The Lang School recognized that empowering students to understand and own their impact would not only support their academic growth, but would also prepare them for their future roles as engaged and informed citizens. See supplementary materials for examples.
Throughout its 13-year history, The Lang School has continually sought to ensure that its offerings are aligned with its mission and philosophy. This commitment has led to the development of unique programs and practices that distinguish the school from others in the education landscape, such as: close collaboration between school psychologists, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, learning specialists and classroom teachers; Independent studies for students in the Middle and Upper Schools; End-of-year Round Table presentations in which students share and defend their work; and structures such as Case Conferences that strive to ensure a child-centered and individualized approach to teaching and learning, with an emphasis on nurturing purpose, passion, and talent.
As The Lang School has grown, it has also cultivated a strong sense of community among its major constituents, including students, teachers, parents/guardians, leadership, and trustees. The collaborative and inclusive culture of the school has played a crucial role in supporting the mission and creating an environment where all members feel respected, valued, and supported.
The Lang School has grown from a small basement school serving two students to a thriving educational community that serves the unique needs of many 2e children. Through its commitment to its mission, the school has continuously adapted and evolved its programs, practices, and culture to provide a rigorous, supportive, and empowering educational experience for its students.
The Lang School is a 10-month school and does not provide a summer program. That said, the school does partner with other organizations who run programs using the school space during the summer months. Lang students may participate in these programs at a discounted rate.
While the Lang school does not have its own buses, many students travel to the school on buses provided by the DOE. This travel accommodation is included as part of the student's IEP.
The school does not have a social worker, but school psychologists and the school guidance counselor provide related supports for students and families.
The Lang School is not designed to support students with significant behavioral and emotional challenges especially where that manifests in phsycical and verbal aggression. The Lang School is not a therapeutic school.
A Message from our Head of School
Dear Parents and Guardians,
As we embark on another promising academic year at The Lang School, I am delighted to take this opportunity to highlight the significance of our Parent/Student manual and the ways it will support and strengthen our entire school community.
The Parent/Student manual is a valuable resource that encapsulates the shared vision, values, and guidelines that govern our school. It is designed not only to inform you about our policies but also to create a collaborative and supportive partnership between the school and our families.
Clear Communication and Understanding: The manual acts as a bridge, fostering clear communication and understanding between the school and our families. By familiarizing yourself and your child with its contents, you will have a comprehensive understanding of our school's mission, curriculum, expectations, and procedures.
Creating a Safe, Inclusive and Nurturing Environment: Your active involvement and cooperation in adhering to the guidelines outlined in the manual contribute to creating a safe and nurturing environment for all our students. Together, we can ensure that our school remains a place where every child feels valued, supported, and empowered to thrive.
Promoting Positive Partnerships: We firmly believe that education is a partnership between the school and our families. The manual outlines ways in which you can actively participate in your child's learning journey, be it through communication with teachers, involvement in school activities, or participating in parent-teacher conferences.
Encouraging Student Success: The manual not only addresses school policies but also emphasizes the importance of parent/guardian involvement in supporting your child's academic and personal growth. When we work together and align our efforts, we enhance the potential for your child's success and well-being.
Navigating Challenges: We understand that challenges may arise in a child's educational journey. The manual provides insights into how we address and resolve issues in a fair and constructive manner. By collaborating openly and respectfully, we can navigate challenges together and find the best solutions for our students.
I urge each parent and guardian to take the time to review the Parent/Student manual carefully. Embrace it not as a mere set of rules but as a roadmap for fostering a positive and enriching educational experience for your child. This manual will serve as a guide through June 2024 but we will review it at the midpoint of the year in case adjustments need to be made and shared with you. It may not cover every detail of every situation, but should serve as a guide. It will be important that every family also reviews this with your children.
If you have any questions or require further clarification on any aspect of the manual, please do not hesitate to reach out to our leadership team. We value your feedback and encourage open dialogue as we work hand in hand to create an outstanding learning environment for our students.
I extend my sincerest gratitude for entrusting us with your child's education. Together, let us make this academic year at The Lang School one of growth, discovery, and shared success.
Thank you for your unwavering support and commitment to our school community.
Head of School
The Lang School Leadership Team Whom to Contact
Director for Operations & Administration
Covid / Health & safety information
Lost student items
Director for Enrollment & Systems Development
Student documents & reports for attorney
Director for Admissions & Strategic Initiatives
Referrals of new families to Lang
Offer to speak with / chaperone new & prospective families
Additional contact for any transitioning to Lang issues for new families
Thoughts/ideas on how to best tell the Lang story
Director for Teaching and Learning
Questions about instruction and/or curriculum
Middle School Classroom support
Director for Clinical Services
Questions about Special Services / Providers
Questions about IEP / Neuropsych Implementation
Support for DOE / Hearing Process & Materials
Support team supervision
Financial / Billing Questions
Carter / Connors Tuition Schedule & Funding
Tuition affidavits for attorney
Executive Assistant to the Head
Schedule an appointment with Mark
Parent Association liaison
Submissions for Thursday’s “Looking Forward”
Senior Director for School Culture, Academics, & Innovation
Multi Tiered systems of support and Intervention systems
Lower school classroom support
Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging
Head of School
Here to support your family & child
Support your communication with Lang’s leadership team
Connection to NYSAIS Schools and NAIS Information
Representative to the outside community
School Perspective to the Board
Front Desk / Andel Khadaroo
Absence / Running-Late / Leaving Early
(Please also email/cc email@example.com and advisor/homeroom teachers)
Student Rights and Responsibilities
Freedom of Expression
Any form of expression that involves libel, slander, the use of obscenity, or personal attacks, or that otherwise disrupts the educational process, is prohibited. All forms of expression must also be in compliance with the student disciplinary policy.
Student participation in school-sponsored publications is encouraged as a learning and educational experience. These publications, if any, shall be supervised by qualified faculty advisors and shall strive to meet high standards of journalism. In order to maintain consistency with the School's basic educational mission, school authorities have the right to oversee publications. No person shall distribute any printed or written materials on school property without the prior permission of the Head of School.
Students at school-sponsored off-campus events shall be governed by all the guidelines of the
School and are subject to the authority of school officials. Failure to obey the lawful instructions
of school officials may result in a loss of eligibility to attend school-sponsored off-campus
events and/or additional disciplinary measures in accordance with the student disciplinary policy.
Child Abuse and Neglect Policy
According to New York State law, all adults in the school building are mandated reporters of
suspected child abuse immediately by telephone to the New York Central Registry. A formal
written report (Form DSS-2221A) must follow this telephone call to the Student Protective
Service office within 48 hours.
Standards of Student Behavior
The Lang School’s standards of student behavior outlines staff behavioral expectations of students across grades before, during, and after school hours when students are involved in a school-sponsored or school-supervised activity on or off campus. Please review these expectations with your child as home-school reinforcement will increase student investment in our standards of student behavior.
School-appropriate language is encouraged (e.g., cursing is prohibited, as are gratuitously provocative comments). Physical aggression is prohibited, as is virtual/pretend use of weapons; similarly, uninvited physical contact or communication (in person or virtual) with peers that could be described as sexual harassing/bullying in nature is prohibited.
Bullying, harassment and intimidation (e.g., physical, verbal, relational – intentional or not) is prohibited.
Harassment is verbal, physical, or technological (i.e. social media) conduct that is based on a protected class and is so severe or pervasive that it has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's educational program participation or that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment.
Harassment undermines the sense of safety and support that every member of the community is entitled to feel. Thus, we cannot tolerate harassment in any form. Harassment includes, but is not limited to, unwelcome and offensive behavior that intimidates or demeans an individual or group based upon gender, race, national or ethnic origin, birthplace, ancestry, color, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, or membership in any other legally protected group. Stereotypes or insults related to a legally protected group of people can be offensive or demeaning, even if they do not occur in front of members of the group. Harassment includes overt physical, spoken, or written acts, as well as less obvious forms, such as innuendo and inappropriate humor. Email and text messages and electronic postings can also constitute harassment.
“Bullying,” including “cyberbullying,” means any severe or pervasive (repeated over time) physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or electronically (i.e., cyberbullying), directed toward a student or students, that has or can be reasonably predicted to have one or more of the following effects:
placing the student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or property;
causing a substantially detrimental effect on the student’s physical or mental health;
substantially interfering with the student’s academic performance; or
substantially interfering with the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services activities, or privileges provided by a school.
Bullying may take various forms, including without limitation, one or more of the following: cyberbullying, harassment, threats, intimidation, stalking, physical violence, sexual harassment, sexual violence, theft, public humiliation, ostracism, destruction of property, or retaliation for asserting, opposing or alleging an act of bullying.
Cyberbullying means any act of bullying conducted through the use of the Internet, social media, networks, and other electronic communications. There are many types of cyberbullying. Although there may be some of which we are unaware, here are the more common.
Text messages – that are threatening or cause discomfort – also included here is “Bluejacking” (the sending of anonymous text messages over short distances using “Bluetooth” wireless technology).
Picture/video-clips via mobile phone cameras – images sent to others to make the victim feel threatened or embarrassed.
Mobile phone calls – silent calls or abusive messages; or stealing the victim‛s phone and using it to harass others, to make them believe the victim is responsible.
Emails – threatening or bullying emails, often sent using a pseudonym or somebody else’s name.
Chat room bullying – menacing or upsetting responses to children or young people when they are in a web-based chat room.
Instant messaging (IM) – unpleasant messages sent while children conduct real-time conversations online using – although there are others.
Appreciation for Learning and Thinking Differences
In the Lang learning community, we would like to help students across grades (in partnership with parents and outside providers) develop an understanding of and respect for learning and thinking differences among peers. Our aim is to encourage self-awareness, mutual respect (or, at the very least, tolerance and civility), and self-advocacy among our students. This journey begins with an understanding of self, the difficulties we currently face, and the impact those difficulties can have on ourselves and others.
Parents/Guardians as Partners
Just as parents/guardians look to the School to provide facilities and the trained personnel that are essential to their child’s proper development, so the school looks to the parents/guardians to assume active responsibilities that cannot be delegated to others.
No school can be singularly effective in teaching the virtue of honesty, respect for authority, consideration for the rights of others and property of others, and standards for personal morality and integrity unless these principles have been established, upheld and valued at home. Parents/guardians are asked to take an active role in their child’s whole education by cooperating with the following guidelines:
Parents/Guardians are expected to:
Recognize that the education of children is a joint responsibility of the parents/guardians and the School community.
Ensure that children only bring items appropriate and related to the instructional program at the School.
Know school and classroom rules and help their children understand them.
Convey to their children a supportive attitude toward education and the School.
Build and maintain positive relationships with teachers, other parents/guardians, and their children’s peers.
Help their children deal effectively with peer pressure.
Inform school officials of changes in the home situation that may affect student conduct or performance.
Insist their children be dressed and groomed in a manner consistent with the student dress code.
Provide a place for study, and ensure homework assignments are completed.
Review the handbook with their child.
Keep up to date with evaluations, IEP meetings, outside provider supports, and recommendations from the School.
We believe that our 2e students learn best when their social-emotional needs are taken care of. Our goal is to maintain a culture of mutual trust and positive attitudes that supports the academic and personal growth of students and adults. We feel that if preventative actions are taken to build community in the school, the negative behaviors will decrease.
Your first two main points of contact should always be your child’s advisor/homeroom teacher or your child's school psychologist.
Lang is committed to challenging its students on many levels: to use their voices, work hard, think critically and participate within the school community as well as globally. In order for students to achieve success, the faculty at Lang plans to provide a framework of support, maintain relationships with parents/guardians and stay on top of each student’s academic development. In advisory, students learn important social and academic skills. Advisory serves to create a space for students to learn and grow.
Advisors at The Lang School provide proactive, strategic, ongoing support to their advisees on a daily basis throughout the school year. Advisors serve as an “in-house advocate” for their advisees as they collaborate with their advisees’ school psychologist, school leadership, and other staff members. Advisors work to ensure their advisees’ team is effectively meeting all of the students’ academic and social-emotional needs across the school day. In partnership with school psychologists, the advisors also bridge the communication between school and home by fielding questions/concerns/requests that parents and outside providers may have throughout the school year.
Our many goals for advisory group are:
Provide restorative process for community issues
Serve as a democratic process for decision making through student government
Build school community
Develop leadership skills in students
Help students navigate the challenges of adolescence
Explore ethical and moral dilemmas in and outside of the school community
Increase student literacy
Provide academic support
Maintain relationships with parents/guardians
Guide students toward transition readiness
Help students plan for post-secondary options
Provide structured opportunities for community service
Provide support and instruction for executive functioning
Serve as an advocate and point for the student
Portfolio support and student-led conferences
Advisory Morning Check In - Middle/Upper School - Time: 8:20 - 8:45
Each student will have a check in time listed on their schedule from 8:20 - 8:45. The morning check-in is an ideal opportunity for advisors to provide some executive functioning and social emotional support to their advisees. They will not be marked late if they do not get to morning check in - it is simply to serve as a transition for students, not a barrier to get started for the day.
Curriculum & Instruction
The school’s curriculum is integrated across the subject domains of mathematics, engineering, science, and the humanities (including the arts). The framework focuses on integrating all strands of academic disciplines: from ELA to the STEAM fields (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math). The curriculum framework recognizes that learning and its associated technologies need to be driven by social goals and that innovation is ideally guided by lessons learned from history, philosophical study, and artistic and poetic exploration.
As an organizing curricular structure, this framework recognizes that each learner has their own launch point and journey toward mastery in each subject. The framework’s implicit assumption is that even our youngest students have intellectual lives rich with complex concepts about how and why the world works as it does. Along with learning foundational skills, know-how (content area-specific practical skills), and know-what (content area-specific knowledge) in each course, all students explore how the unit's overarching questions intersect with that course’s content.
We support, nurture, inspire, and challenge students as they journey from elementary through high school and as they become productive artists, writers, entrepreneurs, scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and all the other richly diverse roles we take on as adults in our work lives. Lang’s assumption is that school is our students’ first workplace and, thus, should be an examined and values-driven experience. True to an interdisciplinary approach, core skills like encoding and decoding, evaluating resources, and configuring and imagining the state of the physical world around us are taught throughout the curriculum and across subjects.
Teachers at Lang design their units of study using a backwards design process that starts with articulating what students will know, understand, and be able to do by the end of the unit. Additionally, unit design is grounded in the principles of Universal Design for Learning which assert that all students learn best when offered multiple ways to access information, engage in learning activities, and demonstrate their understanding.
Lessons within a unit of study are carefully designed with the goals of the unit and the needs of individual students in mind. Teachers differentiate instruction according to student profiles so that every student is both challenged and supported across the school day.
In the Upper School, teachers provide course syllabi to students and families in the fall of each school year. Lower and Middle School teachers provide families with curricular updates via emails. The Upper and Middle school utilizes Google Classroom and Veracross as an online platform for many assignments.
Homework is differentiated for individual students at the discretion of the teacher. We encourage families to communicate with teachers if their student is having difficulty completing homework within this recommended time frame.
If students are having difficulty completing their homework, staff members are expected to communicate with the family, the homeroom teacher(s)/advisor(s), and the student’s school psychologist to inform them and discuss plans to support the student’s improvement. Individualized homework plans are developed for students if the need arises. The student’s homeroom teacher(s)/advisor(s), parent(s), and school psychologist collaborate with the student to develop the homework plan.
Homework is not assigned over school breaks or summer vacation however, independent reading should be encouraged during school breaks. Staff members provide summer reading lists for students in a variety of subjects and reading levels.
Tracking Your Child’s Progress
Staff members meet regularly to discuss our students proactively and holistically with all professional lenses. During this meeting, the team will assess the student's current functioning, identify performative strengths and lagging skills, and assess the student’s response to evidence-based practices being used. The team will establish action items and goals based on identified strengths and skills still in progress. Following each case conference, families will receive an email summarizing the findings of the team.
Academic Assessments and Tracking
We use a variety of research-based tools to assess students for the purposes of screening, progress monitoring and to inform instructional planning. Families in the Lower and Middle School can expect their child to be assessed in reading and math at least twice across the school year using one of the following assessment tools:
Reading: Fountas and Pinnell (F&P), Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Running Records, and Literably
Additionally, students are assessed using a variety of differentiated assessment tools in all subject areas, formatively and summatively as part of each unit of study.
All 10th grade students at Lang take the PSATs. Upper School students take the SAT in their junior and/or senior year. Occasionally, the PSAT is given to students in the Middle School.
Teachers are expected to report weekly progress and grades in Veracross for families to review on Tuesdays.
Acceleration and Remediation
Because of the diverse profiles of our students, at times it becomes necessary to accelerate or remediate for an individual student within a specific subject area. Often, needs for acceleration can be addressed through differentiation within a student’s current classroom setting. Sometimes, however, needs for acceleration or remediation may require additional services or a change of cohort. The protocol for considering services for remediation or acceleration is managed by the student’s team and can be initiated by any stakeholder. Students in need of acceleration will be considered for cohort change. Students in need of remediation will be considered for additional services.
Teachers base semester grades on assignments, participation, effort, and homework. Additionally, teachers write narrative summaries about student growth and performance twice yearly in progress reports that are shared with families. Our overarching goal in grading our students is that grades reflect student growth and effort and not just task completion. We strive to grade students holistically and to ensure that the tasks we use to evaluate students and issue grades are differentiated and aligned to what is proximal for each student.
Grading policies in the Upper School are course specific and articulated on each course syllabus. Student performance data will be accessible to parents via Veracross, an online student data management system. Weekly updates to the grading systems are expected by Monday each week.
Veracross is our student information system and parent portal. Through this portal, families can access their child's schedule, class progress, grades, school calendar and newsletter, and teacher/class pages. Families receive a message from Veracross with family login information at the start of the school year with further instructions.
Spring Creek and High Rock classes do not have the Grades menu available since there are no running grades.
Progress and Related Service Reports
Progress reports and related service reports are completed for all students twice yearly. Each progress report consists of grades and narrative descriptions of student progress and areas for growth.
Our teachers and specialists track student data related to social-emotional development, behavior and executive functions through an internal system and use this data to monitor progress. The learning specialist, occupational therapist (OT), speech-language pathologist (SLP), and school psychologists write and send detailed narrative updates twice yearly to parents of students receiving pull-out support.
Families are expected to implement academic and social/emotional support outside of school based on information in the progress reports and related service reports.
Credits (Upper School Only)
For a student to receive credit for a class, they must have been present for more than 50% of the class periods for that semester. Students who are pulled out for a related service for 50% of the class time are still eligible for credit. Students must also earn a grade of at least a “1” to receive credit. In the event that a student is not earning a “1” in a given course, the family, the school, and the student will develop a plan for credit recovery to ensure the student has gained the skills and habits necessary for success in future coursework.
Students must earn the necessary number of credits in all of their Core Classes (ELA, Science, Math, Social Studies, Health/PE, World Language) to be eligible for graduation. Students must also earn the necessary number Elective credits to be eligible for graduation. In addition to receiving credits for Core and Elective courses, students may also earn credit for school-sanctioned service learning, mentoring, and internships. Eligibility for earning credits outside of the typical scope and sequence of course work, is determined on a case by case basis and is not guaranteed.
Subject Area Name
English Language Arts (ELA)
(Music, Creative Lab, Drama, etc.)
(Language Other Than English)
(must have one semester of PE each school year)
(one semester of Health)
Attendance and Late to School
In order to maximize our time supporting students throughout the year, all students are expected to be present every school day. In order to earn credit for a core course, students must be present for 108 hours of instruction throughout the year (approximately 180 minutes per week). If a student is not on track for meeting the requirements for attendance in the course, the student will need to make up the missing hours/assignments in after school, summer hours, or by adding an extra class for that course in the next semester. If a student is late, the Operations Team will make phone calls to the family to let them know that their child arrived late. If a student is more than an hour late, their School Psych/Advisor/Leadership will meet with that student right away to check in (with the exception of an excused tardy due to an appointment with a doctor). Upper School students who need to leave early must see a member of the Leadership Team and the leader will connect with the family to get permission before the student can leave.
The Lang School provides their students with opportunities to take different College Board sanctioned exams. Upper School students who take College Board exams such as the PSAT, PSAT/NMSQT, SAT, and the AP exams, are often eligible for accommodations. The Lang School will support students with the accommodation application process. Families must provide the school with a signed consent form to begin the application process for testing accommodations. Students who need accommodations must send their accommodation requests and the necessary documentation to the SSD Coordinator at the Lang School. This necessary documentation includes the student's most up to date Neuropsychological Evaluation. The SSD Coordinator will submit the accommodation request to The College Board Services for Students with Disabilities.
In order to obtain approval for testing accommodations, the following information must be provided to SSD:
Documentation of a disability through an IEP or neuropsychological examination. Having both documents is preferable to ensure a student receives their proper accommodations.
Evidence that participation in a College Board examination is impacted by a student’s disability.
Requested accommodation is needed as a direct result of a student’s disability.
Requested accommodation is received on school-based assessments.
Please note that it is the College Board and not the School that is responsible for granting
or denying accommodations for College Board-administered exams.
Student Support Systems
Students are observed by the speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist (OT), school psychologist(s), and learning specialist for the first month of each new school year. Support plans are developed based on these observations and the diagnostic information contained in the students’ files.
School Psychology Supports
Students receive regular 1:1 support from a school psychologist, which can take a variety of forms. School psychologists work with students on emotional regulation, developing coping skills, mindfulness, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. A student’s school psychologist also serves as the social-emotional point person and works with the student’s homeroom teacher(s)/advisors(s) to manage the collaboration between the student, other staff members, families, outside providers, and school leadership.
Speech Language Pathology Supports
At Lang, the Speech-Language Pathologists support growing students’ cognitive and communication skills necessary for successful social interactions. Students who are determined to be in need of support may receive services in the following ways: teacher collaboration and skill-building, push-in support, or pull-out support on a 1:1, dyad, or small group basis. All students in grades one through five receive a once-weekly, small group session during the therapeutic rotation block. Additionally, all students in grades one through five receive a once weekly full cohort Social Emotional Learning class taught by the Lower School SLP and the Guidance Counselor. Upper School students may participate in group lessons with a Speech-Language Pathologist.
The Speech-Language Pathologists are available to support students with social language skill-building and development including strategies for perspective taking, conversation, and play. Students may also receive support from the Speech Language Pathologists in the areas of language organization and narrative development. Finally, if a student’s speech sounds or speech pattern interferes with the student's academic performance or social functioning to a severe degree, articulation, fluency, and voice may be addressed. Families should collaborate with the Speech Language Pathologists when they have social, linguistic, or speech-sound concerns about a student or students.
Occupational Therapy Supports
Occupational Therapists review all pertinent and available information in the student’s file to determine initial supports. Prior mandates and services received are always taken into account but are not a determining factor in provision of occupational therapy services or frequency of interventions.
All students in the lower school (K-5) are provided at minimum:
1x weekly for 30 minutes Classroom Push In where the OT’s address visual perceptual and visual motor skills, fine motor skills and graphomotor development, and keyboarding/touch typing instruction. This occurs as a whole class intervention.
1x weekly for 30 minutes Classroom Pull Out in the Sensory Gym where the OT’s address sensory processing needs, gross motor skills, reflex integration, self care skills, core and upper extremity strength and more focused graphomotor/fine motor practice. This occurs as a small group (2-3 students) intervention.
Additional individual or small group pull out sessions may be added to a student’s schedule should the need for more intervention become apparent and necessary to support a student’s success.
Middle and Upper School
Occupational therapy interventions and supports for 6th-12th grade take into account the student’s learner profile (based on most recent neuropsych report), most recent service mandates (if provided) as well as classroom observations and teacher feedback on classroom performance. Prior mandates and services received are always taken into account but are not a determining factor in provision of occupational therapy services or frequency of interventions.
Based on this information the OT’s determine if an evaluation is warranted to assess school based functioning and skill performance. An individual or small group pull out may be incorporated into a student’s weekly schedule to work on remediating specific functional skills. In lieu of a pull out, the OT’s may also recommend classroom or desk/seating modifications, sensory supports, graphomotor supports, introduce assistive tech supports and tools, and schedule movement breaks as tiered interventions to support students throughout their school day. Collaboration is ongoing between teachers and the OT’s to support students across all grade levels.
Families are encouraged to reach out to the Occupational Therapists should they have concerns about a student’s functional skills and school based performance or intervention strategies.
Learning Specialist Supports
Students who demonstrate language-based learning challenges that require additional support receive targeted instruction with a learning specialist. A learning specialist also pushes into classes to support students, and formally and informally assesses students’ literacy and math progress. A learning specialist works with students in the areas of decoding, phonological processing, written expression and organization, reading comprehension, and other areas to ensure students are progressing in accordance with literacy skills.
Guidance and College Counseling Supports
Students receive regular 1:1 and/or small group support from the guidance and college counselor. This support is delivered in 1:1 meetings, small groups, advisory, and classroom push-in support. The guidance and college counselor is the point person for standardized testing and serves as the school’s Testing and SSD Coordinator.
The guidance and college counselor works with students to identify and implement goals related to their current academic and post-secondary success. The outcome of these goals are connected to students’ academic, social-emotional, and college/career development. This development involves practicing and improving skills related to academic planning, standardized testing, motivation, resilience, self-advocacy, college or career planning, and the college admissions process.
The guidance and college counselor collaborates with the student’s school psychologist, classroom teachers, homeroom teacher(s)/advisors(s), families, outside providers, and school leadership to provide students with every opportunity to improve academically, socially/emotionally, while aiming for college and/or career readiness.
Different types of breaks are implemented depending on students’ needs. As part of their support plan, students may have the option of taking movement breaks, mindfulness breaks, and sensory breaks. Through direct instruction and working with therapy team members, students develop the skills and self-awareness over time to learn when and how to ask for breaks.
Every classroom has a break area, which can be used by one student at a time at the student’s request or a staff member’s direction. The hallway break area can be used when the student cannot take a break within the learning environment. Additionally, students may consult with the occupational therapist or use equipment in the gym (e.g., treadmill, trampoline) as part of a break plan. Equipment in the gym must be used only with the explicit permission of the OT and under staff supervision.
Student Dress Code
Students are expected to come to school dressed in a neat, clean, comfortable, and appropriate manner. School is a place for focused and purposeful work and one’s clothing should reflect this. A student’s clothing should not distract nor offend his/her/their peers and his/her/their learning at any time during the day. Students should feel comfortable enough in their clothing so it does not limit his/her/their movement throughout the day (especially on P.E. days).
All students should be able to dress comfortably for school without fear of or actual unnecessary discipline or body shaming. All students and staff should understand that students are primarily responsible for managing their own personal "distractions" with teachers intervening as needed while seeking to respect students' clothing choices/self expression. Shoes must be worn at all times.
The primary responsibility for a student’s attire resides with the student and parents or guardians. The School is responsible for seeing that student attire does not interfere with the learning, health or safety of any student, and that student’s attire does not contribute to a hostile or intimidating atmosphere for any student.
Academic Honesty Policy
The Lang School has developed the following guidelines in this area:
Students are expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty in their school work.
Cheating, forgery and plagiarism are serious offenses. Students found guilty of any form of academic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary action and/or academic penalties. This includes inappropriate use of technology resources.
Cheating is defined as giving or obtaining information by improper means to meet academic requirements.
Plagiarism is the intentional representation of someone else’s words or ideas as one’s own. Plagiarism constitutes a theft of words or ideas. Proper recognition of someone else’s work is necessary. Any assignments or other course requirements are to contain material not previously submitted. It is expected that students will initiate new research for each paper and that each paper must be the student’s own work. Students are cautioned that submitting work from an internet source can and will be checked. Plagiarism will not be accepted or tolerated and may result in suspension from the school. Disciplinary action will be taken by the student’s teacher and/or a member of the leadership team.
Student retention (i.e., “retaining” or keeping a student enrolled in the school) – either for the current school year or for the next school year – is a team decision driven by the school’s mission and the specifics of any child’s/family’s specific situation as it develops during each school year. Our goal is to make decisions that are in the short- and long-term best interests of every student. Current and/or past enrollment in The Lang School does not ensure future enrollment and The Lang School reserves the right, in the sole discretion of the Head of School, to deny an offer of enrollment to any student.
Day-to-Day at Lang
Arrival & Dismissal
The procedures for arrival and dismissal have been developed to ensure the safety and supervision of students.
If an emergency arises, and a parent/guardian is running late, Lang has the front desk staffed until 4:00 PM, to supervise a child willing to stay in the lobby.
Morning Arrival - begins at 8:05am. Lower school classes start at 8:30am each day while middle and upper school classes begin at 8:45am
Lower School morning arrival begins at 8:05 members will be stationed at specific points by the sidewalk, lobby, staircase to elevator, elevator, and hallway into school. Parents/guardians must drop off their child at the bottom of the front of 26 Broadway during the arrival time. If a Lower School student is early, his/her/their parent/guardian must wait with them until 8:05 AM. If a Lower School student is late, his/her/their parent or guardian must escort them to Suite 900 via the elevator. Middle/Upper School morning arrival is from 8:20 - 8:45. Any MS/US students who arrive before 8:20 should go directly to US breakout space.
Lower School classes begin at 8:30am each day while middle and upper school classes begin at 8:45am
Afternoon Dismissal - classes are dismissed each day between 2:55-3:05 pm depending on a students grade and how they get home each day.
Lower School students who travel to and from the School via a DOE bus are escorted to the bus pickup area by Lang staff members at the end of each school day.
Lower School homeroom teachers bring students downstairs to meet their authorized pick-up person outside of the Broadway exit. If last-minute changes are made to the authorized pick-up person, parents/guardians must provide permission.
Lunch & Recess
Lower and Middle School students will be taken outdoors daily for recess, weather permitting. If there is precipitation, or if the temperature is 32 degrees or below, the students and staff should remain indoors for recess. Parents/guardians must ensure that their child(ren) are dressed appropriately to be outside. Staff supervise students at recess.
Upper School students are supervised by staff members who are assigned lunch duty. All Upper School students are allowed their phones during lunch. Students in the Upper School (9th to 12th grade) may leave campus for lunch if their parent or guardian has provided the school with written permission. Students in 8th through 12th grades may either leave independently or with a classmate if they so choose. Students in the 8th through 12th grades who do not have parental permission must remain in the school during lunch and recess. If parents/guardians wish to make a more specific plan for their child, they may do so by reaching out to the Head of School (Mark Otto) or his/her homeroom advisor. Lunch duty staff will be informed of any specific student lunch plans.
The Lang School does not provide food service or have a designated cafeteria.
Designated US/MS students who have a fully signed agreement to allowed to go outside for lunch (unsupervised) permission will understand and agree to the following:
Each student will carry an individual “Lunch Card” unique to his/her/their person. Students will need to show their Lunch Card to receive their phone, and then may choose to swipe out at the start of the lunch period and back in by 12:50 PM at the latest. Otherwise, the student will show his/her/their card in order to get his/her/their phone and proceed to the designated, unsupervised, lunch space.
If he/she/they do not have his/her/their card, the student will not be able to leave school and the student will not be able to take his/her/their phone.
Students who leave the building after 12:05 PM may swipe back in any time before 12:50 PM and will have the option to keep their phones and go to the designated lunch space to eat and socialize.
When a student leaves the Lang Suite, he/she/they must exit the building (26 Broadway) immediately and may not loiter in any of the building spaces.
When a student enters the building (26 Broadway) he/she/they must travel directly to the Lang Suite and may not loiter in any of the building spaces.
Students must be finished with lunch (cleaned up food/trash, gathered all belongings, put furniture/cushions/equipment where they belong) before 12:50 PM.
Students will be escorted by the Upper School Lunch Duty Supervisor downstairs and phones must be returned to the Operations & Front Desk Coordinator (Andel Khadaroo) by 12:50 PM.
The Lunch Card will be revoked for at least one day when a student does not attend to the expectations listed above or jeopardizes the safety and/or stability of the School during the lunch period.
When the Lunch Card is revoked it means the student will attend Supervised Lunch and/or no access to his/her/their phone and no permission to go outside.
Off-campus/unsupervised lunch is a privilege not a right. The school administration can revoke this privilege at any time.
Rules for Upper School lunch space:
Phones must be muted and if a peer or adult finds a student’s behavior disruptive, then discontinue the behavior.
Avoid using/touching equipment that belongs in the space.
Lang-provided computers (or other Lang-provided tech) may not be used while eating/drinking or near anyone who is eating/drinking.
All trash and messes must be cleaned up
Must only stay in the two designated Upper School spaces.
Students may snack and get water from fountains throughout the day as needed. If a student needs to snack during instructional time, the snack must not cause a disruption.
Exceptions to Daily Routines
Visitors will be limited to parents/guardians and applicant staff and faculty at the approval of the Operations & Front Desk Coordinator, Director of Admissions & Outreach, Senior Director, Director of Operations, the Head of School, or the Director of Enrollment & Systems Development.
These visits should be coordinated with a staff member for a specific purpose, and approved by the Head of School.
School & Classroom Events
Winter and Spring Showcases and Performances
The Performing Arts/Drama students produce two shows a year (Winter and Spring). Parents/Guardians and families are invited to visit the school and watch the performance.
Holidays and Parties
If students wish to celebrate a religious holiday at school, they may make a request to the Head of School. Their classmates and teachers may choose to attend the celebration or opt out.
On Halloween: Students may come to school in costume if they wish. Costumes must depict non-violent, non-scary characters. Clown makeup and costumes, full face masks, and fake weapons are not permitted.
On student birthdays: Parents/guardians may arrange to bring in treats that follow the allergy policy in collaboration with the classroom teachers, in advance, and not during instructional periods. There must be enough for all of the student’s classmates.
After- School Clubs & School-Sanctioned Activities
After-school activities are supervised either by employees of The Lang School or contracted individuals from other organizations. Most after-school activities require payment to attend. Invoices and payments are handled directly by Lang after the registration period. After-school activity providers are responsible for continuous supervision of the students until all students are picked up by an approved caregiver or parent, or students are permitted for independent dismissal (by parent/guardian).
In the event that the after-school program will not meet on a given day, the provider will directly inform the parents/guardians of the students in the club.
Teachers plan many field trips for students throughout the year. Field trips support curriculum-based learning and/or community-building. Additionally, parents/guardians will be informed a minimum of three school days in advance that a field trip will occur. The school will provide necessary instructions for parents/guardians to prepare their children for field trips, including packing a bag-lunch, dressing their child for inclement weather, and/or bringing particular supplies. Students must arrive at school on time for field trips departing in the morning. Staff and other students will not wait for a late student to depart for a field trip. Field trips may require your child to travel utilizing NYC MTA, with a staff member from Lang. Parents must communicate to the teacher and the leadership team if they do not want their child to attend.
Communication & Collaboration
Parent/guardian communication and collaboration are essential components of the Lang mission. Staff members have a responsibility to keep parents/guardians informed of academic, behavioral, and social/emotional progress and challenges in their child’s day-to-day life at school, and are expected to maintain regular contact with their student’s families via email, phone calls, and in-person meetings.
Custody Issues and School Access
Unless notified otherwise, the School will presume both parents are permitted to attend school activities and be provided with information and report cards with respect to their child. The School will also presume that both parents are entitled to be involved in their child’s schooling, and both parents must agree and authorize a child’s enrollment and/or withdrawal from a school.
It is not the intention of the School to become involved in familial disputes. However, should custodial arrangements and school access between the parents change, the School expects that both parents will inform the School of the change and any relevant restrictions. Information of this nature is kept strictly confidential.
Parent/Guardian-Staff Phone Calls and Emails
Staff members will correspond via phone call and email with a child’s parents/guardians. Parents/guardians should reach out directly to staff members with any concerns regarding their child’s academic, social, emotional, and/or behavioral needs. If parents/guardians feel that their concerns are not being addressed, they should contact the Head of School.
Staff members are required to contact parents whenever there is an occurrence involving their child at school. Unless there is an alternate communication plan in place with a particular family, staff members will first attempt to contact parents/guardians by phone. If parents/guardians do not answer, staff members will send a short email message to inform parents/guardians of the occurrence and communicate any next steps.
Staff members are expected to respond to emails within 48 business hours. Please note that staff can only read and respond to emails during their daily prep period, during a lunch break, or before or after students arrive/leave for the day (staff hours are 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM). Please be mindful that in order to enable staff members to respond in a timely, efficient, and meaningful manner, it is important that you follow this criteria for your email communications with them:
Please limit the number of inquiries or requests per email to no more than three.
Wait for a response before emailing further inquiries or requests.
Keep the email direct, short, and concise.
Consider whether email is the best means to communicate your message or the best next way to communicate. Complex responses, requests or updates are best communicated by scheduling a phone call or video-conference.
Parents/guardians are expected to check his/her/their email regularly, and to read and reply to emails from Lang staff in a way that best helps facilitate collaboration and follow up.
Parent/Guardian-teacher conferences will be held twice yearly. Parent/Guardian-teacher conferences are an opportunity for staff members and parents/guardians to communicate about student progress, goals for growth, and share recent student work. You can request meetings with any other faculty or therapist your child works with. Parents will receive a digital sign-up sheet, along with Google Calendar invitations for convenience.
In addition to twice-yearly Parent/Guardian-Teacher Conferences, staff members and parents/guardians may meet throughout the school year to address concerns raised by staff or parents/guardians. These meetings should be scheduled after students are dismissed whenever possible.
Collaboration with Outside Providers
Many students receive therapeutic or academic services through outside providers. Parents/Guardians must provide written permission authorizing communication with a student’s outside provider(s). Parents/Guardians are responsible for completing a Medical Update form if there are any changes to the child’s outside providers. Parents can contact the Director of Operations for copies of all forms.
The Lang School Parents’ Association (PA) facilitates communication, cooperation, and engagement within the school community. All Lang parents/guardians are invited to join.
The PA contacts for the 2023-2024 school year are:
Elyssa Gaffin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Publicity & Advertising
All media requests should be directed to the Head of School.
IEP Meetings & Hearings
The Lang School supports families seeking tuition reimbursement from the NYC Department of Education through provision of student information and participation in meetings and impartial hearings.
Most Lang students have Individualized Education Plans through the New York City Department of Education Committee for Special Education (CSE). Staff members participate in IEP meetings by phone during the 10-month school year. During the summer, the Head of School will participate in IEP meetings on behalf of the staff.
Homeroom teachers/advisors participate in each of their student’s impartial hearings via teleconference, including phone calls with the lawyer(s) representing the family to prepare prior to the day of the hearing. Therapeutic professionals involved with a student may also participate in impartial hearings.
The Director of Enrollment & Data Systems and Controller provides student records to Lang families’ attorneys at their request. These include, but are not limited to, a copy of the enrollment agreement, attendance records and notarized financial affidavit for paid tuition. In addition, the School’s program description and class schedule is provided. If other records are subpoenaed, the Director of Enrollment & Data Systems will arrange to provide the records. Other staff members are not permitted to provide records directly to any third party.
Health & Safety
The Lang School is committed to providing a safe, supportive environment for both students and staff. The Safety Team consists of seven staff members, including the Head of School, who are responsible for initiating and supervising drills, responding to emergency situations, and ensuring the safety of students and staff.
The Lang School community complies with all posted building rules. Students are not permitted to be unsupervised in the building's elevators, stairwells, and other public spaces. Students with walking permission and/or permission to have off-campus lunch may move throughout the building spaces unsupervised to reach his/her/their destinations. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a safe and civil manner while moving about the building. Students may not loiter in any area of the building including the hallway outside of Suite 900, the building lobby, and the building entranceway. Students are expected to only use the designated elevators for the Lang School and are not to use any other elevators.
If a student is feeling physically unwell, the supervising staff member will refer the student to the School Nurse, who will determine the course of action. All classrooms have a first-aid kit with bandages, antibiotic ointment, and other basic supplies.
If the School Nurse and parents/guardians determine that a student without permission to travel independently to and from school should be dismissed early due to an illness, parents/guardians are responsible for arranging for the child to be picked up as soon as possible.
If the School Nurse and parents/guardians determine that a student with permission to travel independently to and from school should be dismissed early due to an illness, the student may leave school at that time. If the student is too ill to do so, the parent/guardian should arrange pick-up for the student.
If your child has a fever (>100℉), please keep them home until they have been fever-free without medication for 24 hours and until they are able to handle lingering symptoms independently.
If your child has had an upset stomach with vomiting and/or diarrhea, do not send them back to school until they are symptom-free for 24 hours. Gastrointestinal viruses can be very contagious and spread through classrooms quickly.
If your child’s eye is red and/or oozing yellow or green discharge, crusting around the eye in the morning and difficulty opening the eye in the morning, do not send them back to school until 24 hours after two eye treatments of eye drops or ointment.
COVID 19 Policy
Wearing a mask indoors in public is strongly encouraged for anyone with symptoms or anyone recently exposed to someone who tested positive. Masks are required for those returning to school during days 6-10 after testing positive. The school will have masks for those who need them.
Staff or students who have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 do not have to quarantine if they are not showing symptoms of COVID-19. Anyone exhibiting signs of a COVID-19 infection should test as soon as possible.
If a student tests positive, they should immediately report it to the school and begin isolating for five days.
If parents of students have Covid, we ask that the student be tested once a day before they come to school, and a picture of that test be sent to email@example.com. For precaution, the student is also asked to wear a mask at school for their parents' days 0-5 since their positive Covid test.