On behalf of myself and the Board of Trustees, I am pleased to present Stephen Gaynor School’s updated five-year strategic plan. As we enter Gaynor’s 55th year, we welcome 385 students back to school — a far cry from our days in a two-bedroom apartment on the Upper East Side. While we have grown so much over the past five decades, we remain committed to the vision set forth by our co-founders, Dr. Miriam Michael and Yvette Siegel-Herzog. Their dedication to an individualized curriculum for each of Gaynor’s students continues to resonate.

The strategic priorities detailed in the plan center around improving and expanding our unique and innovative curricular and co-curricular program. As a leader in special education, we are dedicated to continuing to build upon our already-impressive educational model.

On behalf of our entire community, I would like to thank outgoing Board of Trustees Chair Henrietta Jones-Pellegrini and Strategic Plan Co-Chairs Grant Duers and Deanna Ferrante for their leadership in this process. They, along with nearly 40 members of the Board of Trustees, faculty, and staff, devoted significant time and effort in creating the strategic goals that we will implement over the next five years. I would also like to thank Jill Thompson for leading the implementation process and ensuring that we are meeting our goals and timelines.

We are a mission-driven institution, and I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the hard work of our dedicated faculty, in-house specialists, and staff in continuing to unlock each student’s potential. We live our mission in everything we do, and our strategic goals for the coming five years embody that commitment. I look forward to reporting on our future successes in implementing the Strategic Plan for 2017-2021.


Dr. Scott Gaynor
Head of School

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