Special Education Summer Programs

Watson Institute special education experts believe you can build on the momentum achieved during the school year through the traditional summer vacation time. We know the value of structured special education and routine to our students with special needs and believe the summertime is no different to help them remain engaged.


Extended School Year (ESY) Special Education Program

Extended School Year is designed for children with special needs who are eligible and qualify for ESY services. This program is offered at three of our special education schools.

Education Centers (Sewickley & South): Special education programming during ESY is consistent with our students with special needs’ IEP, consisting of adapted educational and therapeutic services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, neurological impairments, developmental delays, and other related special needs.

Contact Us: For more information, please contact Meagan Trimbur at 412-749-2805 or [email protected]

Friendship Academy: Special education programming during ESY is designed for children with emotional and behavioral challenges ages 5 to 21 who qualify for ESY services and who would benefit from educational and therapeutic programming. Special education programming is in accordance with students with special needs’ IEPs and is structured to facilitate progress towards individualized academic and behavioral goals throughout the summer within a structured learning environment.

Breakfast and lunch are provided for students.

Friendship Academy ESY 2023

Schedule: June 21 – July 20, 2023 (closed on July 4, 2023); Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Contact Us: For more information, please contact Samantha Generalovich at 412-365-3800 or [email protected]

Watson Institute Social Center for Academic Achievement (WISCA – Sharpsburg and South): Special education programming during ESY is designed for children with autism spectrum disorder who qualify for ESY services and who would benefit from educational and therapeutic programming.

Contact Us: For more information, please contact Meagan Trimbur at 412-749-2805 or [email protected]