Shelter Rock School

Shelter Rock Elementary School is one of the two elementary schools in the Manhasset School District. Shelter Rock includes Kindergarten through 6th grade.

A student must meet the criteria of one of the thirteen classifications defined by law in order to be classified as a special education student. The process of classification and placement is determined by the Committee on Special Education (CSE). (Note: For more information regarding this process, please refer to the IEP Information and Legislation sections of our website.)

There is a range of settings or placement options for classified students at Shelter Rock. The options range from the most restrictive setting of a special class to a mainstream placement with various levels of support. Support can include a co-teach model, direct or indirect teacher consultant services or special class (small group) pull-outs for language arts and math. The placement and support are based on the individual needs of the student as specified in their Individual Education Plan (“IEP”).

Shelter Rock has integrated co-teaching class for those students who qualify based on their IEPs. Not more than one-third of each class consists of special education students. The primary instruction in these classes is taught by a general education teacher and a special education teacher.

Related Services:

Speech therapists are on staff. Occupational therapists and physical therapists are hired each year as consultants for the district. Therapies are conducted as pull-out sessions or push-ins to the classroom during the school day. Depending upon a student’s IEP, the therapy can be individual (1:1) or group (3:1 or 5:1 ratios).

Counseling and social groups are run by either the social worker or the guidance counselor.

After School Program
The district offers an after school program called Children at Play Plus (“CAPP”) to those students who would have otherwise qualified for special education services at home after school. Children participating in the program work with staff and typical peers primarily on the social goals in their IEP. The program is held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 to 5:00.

Contact Information

Director of CPSE, Elementary Special Education, and Pupil Personnel Services:
Dr. Agnieszka Dynda – (516) 267-7679

School Psychologists:

Mrs. Anne Soldano (CPSE, K-3) (516) 267-7459

Dr. Gregory DiGiacomo (4-6 and all special classes) (516) 267-7469

Counselor:  Jenny Chen (516) 267-7669

School Social Worker: Jennifer Barbieri –Smith (516) 267-7475