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3-5 Years

Manhattan Star Academy’s preschool offers children aged 3 to 5 years a comprehensive menu of physical and mental stimulation, interactivity, and specialized therapy that prepares them to succeed in traditional and special education elementary programs.

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Lower School

5-12 Years

The Lower School at Manhattan Star Academy opened in 2010 to support children aged 5 to 12 years with global developmental delays, autism spectrum disorder, speech and language delays, and neurodevelopmental disabilities. It has gained a reputation for customized learning programs that promote independence, self-confidence, and life skills.

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Upper School

12-21 Years

The Upper School opened in 2019 to encourage continued progress for students aged 12 through 21. Each student in the Upper School has a unique education plan that prepares them for greater independence. Classroom learning and therapy are blended with exercises that build life skills, community engagement, and readiness for the world outside of MSA.

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Tour the Lower School

Manhattan Star Academy is open for in-person visits and open houses. But you can begin your journey by watching this short preview of our Lower School. Though housed in separate buildings, our facilities are an easy one-minute walk apart. Used the arrows on the top right of the video to turn things around.

MSA’s Lower School creates a foundation for independence from the start. As professionals with many years leading special education programs, we understand that every student is different. That means they learn differently, communicate differently, and react to the world around them differently. The Lower School works to identify how those differences can support, not hinder, an individual learning plan.

In addition to work in the classroom, every student in the Lower School receives these specialized services, most in a one-on-one environment:

  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Feeding Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Counseling
  • Vision Services
  • Hearing Services
  • Adaptive Physical Education
  • Art Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Yoga
  • Cooking 
  • Social Skills
  • Community Exploration

Donate to Manhattan Star Academy

Gifts to Manhattan Star Academy enrich every element of the school, from new classroom technology to advanced curricular and therapeutic tools that further students’ aspirations. Fully tax-deductible donations also defray new costs associated with keeping students and staff safe from COVID-19.

Manhattan Star Academy student outside playing in water sprinkler, they wear a red bathing suit and holding a red cup