Vincent Smith School

“Believe and Achieve…It’s Okay to Learn Differently”

Port Washington, NY – The Vincent Smith School announced today that it is now offering full-time Grades 1, 2 and 3 to its current educational program. The School is the first 1-12 school in Nassau County, serving boys and girls with learning disabilities.

Located on four-and-a-half acres in suburban Port Washington, the Vincent Smith School is a private day school that has served students in Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens Counties in New York since 1924. The School is well-known for its individual program for students with AD/HD, Learning Disabilities, such as Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities, Auditory Processing Disorders and Language (Expressive/Receptive) Processing Disorders.  Emphasis is placed on differentiated instruction, social-emotional learning through a customized “Team Building” program, and executive functioning skills. The self-contained Elementary program offers a multi-sensory experience that is centered on the development of early-childhood language and learning.

The primary focus of first grade is building a strong language arts and math skills foundation for future learning. Hands-on activities are utilized wherever possible. Worksheets and workbooks compliment the curriculum with the opportunity to practice and master educational skills. In second grade the primary goal is to develop in our students a higher level of independence as learners. Additional emphasis is put on personal responsibility for remembering to complete work and use time in the classroom wisely. Independent reading and a higher level of writing skills are the foundations on which growth is built. As our students progress to the third grade, independent learning is encouraged. A high emphasis is placed on developing a sense of responsibility for both themselves and the academic expectations of the teacher. Organizational skills are taught and reinforced regularly. Sensitivity to the feelings and needs of others in the classroom is fostered with the expectation of appropriate behavior as well.

“The Board of Trustees, parents, Administrators and faculty are excited that the School is expanding its educational program to include grades 1-3. Our differentiated academic program, set amidst a spectacular campus, affords our students with learning disabilities the opportunities to learn and grow, explore and achieve in a unique environment that focuses entirely on the student and the challenges they face as they learn.  At the Vincent Smith School, we believe “It’s Okay to Learn Differently.”  Eighty-five (85%) percent of our students go on to 2 and 4 year colleges while others attend technical programs, vocational programs and go on to have successful careers,” said John Baldi, Head of School.

Dr. Andrea Carlsen has been added to The Vincent Smith School Board of Directors by the School’s Board of Trustees. Dr. Carlsen received her BA in English Literature from Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and her M.D. degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Carlsen is the Medical Director of North Shore TMS in Huntington, New York. She serves as voluntary faculty at North Shore LIJ Health Systems in the departments of psychiatry and pediatrics. In addition, Dr. Carlsen is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Psychiatric Association, and the Association of Women Psychiatrists.