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Extended School Year (ESY) 2014

The Education Center at The Watson Institute

The Education Center's Extended School Year (ESY) program 2012 is designed for children with special needs who qualify for ESY services.  In accordance with a student's IEP, the program consists of adapted educational and therapeutic services for children with autism, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, neurological impairments, develomental delays, brain injuries and other impairments.

Age range:  5-21

Program dates/times:  June 23 - July 18, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.  No program on July 4.


Meagan Trimbur 412-749-2805 or
Michele Trettel 412-749-2801 or

The Watson Institute Friendship Academy

Friendship Academy's Extended School Year (ESY) Therapeutic Program 2014 is designed for children with emotional needs who qualify for ESY services and who would benefit from educational/therapeutic programming.  In accordance with the student's IEP, Friendship Academy's ESY program is designed to facilitate progress towards individualized academic and behavioral goals throughout the summer within a structured learning environment.

The partial hospital program provides intensive therapeutic treatment which supports medication management, interpersonal skill development, coping skill development, and other relevant therapeutic issues.

Age range:  5-21

Program dates/times:  June 25 - July 24, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  No program July 4.  Breakfast and lunch provided.

Contact:  Lauri Kragness 412-365-3800 or

Click here for a brochure describing Friendship Academy's ESY program.