About Us

The New LIFE School is a New York State-Approved Non-Public special education setting serving students ages 8-21 (grades 3-12) within New York City’s five boroughs. We create a supportive, safe and engaging learning environment that challenges students to reach their true academic potential.

The New LIFE School provides students with:

  • Small Classroom Sizes (12 students, 1 teacher, 1 teaching assistant –  12:1:1)
  • Clinical Staff and programming (group and individual counseling, speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, intensive clinical therapy program)
  • Therapeutically trained Behavior Support Staff
  • Engaging classroom environments with differentiated instruction
  • School-wide and individualized behavior intervention programs
  • Frequent feedback and collaboration with parents
  • Extensive contact with community service providers
  • Vocational training
  • Transitional planning
  • Incentive activities
  • School-wide events and club activities
  • 12-month school year

Our Philosophy

The New LIFE School opened its doors in 2006 with the mission to “educate students in time to make a difference.” The New LIFE School is committed to the growth and success of students in the New York City area who have struggled academically, behaviorally and emotionally in a mainstream school setting. Many students arrive at the New LIFE School having experienced feelings of failure, inadequacy and frustration within their previous school setting. We believe that all students deserve the chance to have a positive and successful school experience. Through a caring, structured and therapeutic environment, we help our students gain confidence, learn valuable academic and life skills, and realize their true potential.

We recognize that motivation to succeed in school is increased when students are truly engaged in their learning environment. At the New LIFE School, we have created a community that encourages students to establish goals and explore their passions, and pursue their unique interests. Our dedicated staff works to ensure that each student’s individual needs are met through differentiated, hands-on and exciting learning opportunities. Students gain knowledge of their strengths, learn how to manage challenging situations and difficult emotions, and gain the ability to interact with their community in positive and productive ways.

The New LIFE School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin. Rights, privileges, programs and activities are generally accorded or made available to the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and and ethnic rights or the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and athletic and other school-administered programs.

The New LIFE School is operated by Lutheran Social Services of New York (LSSNY). In keeping with the agency’s mission of “enabling people to reach their full potential,” the New LIFE School is honored with the special task of promoting the success of the young people in our care.

Our Mission

The New LIFE School is committed to fostering each individual student’s true potential to excel academically, socially and emotionally. We strive to educate students in time to make a difference by tailoring their academic experience to their specific needs. Our foremost goal is to ensure that the school fits the student, not the student to the school.


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