RPCS will provide a rigorous college preparatory education that will equip and empower students for success. RPCS will expect all students to graduate with a foundation to attend and succeed in college and in life. RPCS is designed to fully integrate students, on the autism spectrum as well as those living with other disabilities in all classes and activities. Our goal will be to achieve a ratio of general education to special education students of approximately 3:2. Full integration of students will empower them to break down barriers through the power of their daily academic and social experience, enabling them to develop the academic skills, emotional fluency, and confidence required to be successful students today and thoughtful, open-minded leaders tomorrow. In fostering both the academic and emotional growth of all students, RPCS will serve as an innovative educational model.
In 2016, the Center for Disease Control’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring reported 1 in 68 children in the US have been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and it is estimated that as many as 1,100 people on Staten Island from ages 0 to 21 have an autism spectrum disorder. Within the borough, which has the highest percentage of special needs students in the city, there are only 39 middle school NEST seats. As a result, many students are failing to achieve post-high school success due to lack of available resources throughout their education. RPCS will be a much-needed educational model, specifically within Staten Island.