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Cooke School and Institute Project Progress – March 2020


  • Classrooms are in progress!
  • Classrooms have hanging lights which provide direct and indirect lighting that are dimmable and zoned to allow for various light levels to accommodate a variety of tasks.
  • Each classroom has individual controls for monitoring the temperature.
  • All windows have solar shades to control direct sunlight and glare into the classroom.
  • Each classroom has a wall of millwork (built-in cabinets and shelves), which includes a combination of open and closed storage spaces, and the teachers’ desks. 
  • Classrooms will have sheet vinyl flooring, which is highly durable and easy to clean.

Cooke School and Institute Project Progress – January 2020


  • The gymnasium has a Regulation size basketball court and bleachers which will accommodate 84 people or 69 when configured for wheelchair access.
  • The gymnasium will also be used as an assembly/theater space able to accommodate 499 people
  • The boys and girls locker room showers are located off of the gym
  • Cooke school building as of January 2020


Building Futures Newsletter – Onward and Upward!

“The new school building will empower our incredible Cooke students, as well as the superstar faculty and administrators, to create an environment that encourages students to build more successful lives of value, purpose, independence and joy.” −Dagnall Folger, Cooke Parent & Board Member

As an architect and co-founder of the firm A+I, Dagnall Folger can speak about the design features of Cooke’s new school building with authority. At a recent event, Dag talked about the beauty of the school’s façade, the natural light that will permeate the 22 new classrooms and the many striking, yet functional spaces (yoga studio and rooftop garden) for students to enjoy. The building renderings reveal that our new school will be one of the most innovative, well-designed educational facilities in NYC! But as a parent, what matters most to Dag—and to all of us—is the learning that will take place inside our new building. Dag continued…

“What the renderings don’t reveal is what’s going to happen when all of Cooke is united under one roof. As students, faculty and administrators walk through the same front door every morning, the Cooke community will come together in a way it hasn’t been able to do since its inception more than 30 years ago. What we are most excited about is the impact our new building will have on our students as it empowers everyone in the Cooke community to learn more, share more, interact more and achieve more.”

Over the years, many of you have demonstrated your commitment to Cooke’s programs by giving your time, your talents and your financial support to the school. We ask that you show your support again by making a tax deductible contribution to Cooke by June 30th (the end of our fiscal year). Your support of our new school building, and all the wonderful programming that takes place throughout the year, will help us reach our goal to provide quality special education to current and future generations of Cooke students.

Help us empower our students to lead their best lives. Support Cooke today!

Building Futures Newsletter – Construction in Harlem

Cooke School and Institute school building project featured in on

One of the four new schools coming to Harlem has begun construction, according to photos taken earlier this month by CityRealty. Founded in 1987 by a group of NYC parents disgruntled with the lack of choices for their children with Down syndrome, the Cooke School and Institute now provides schooling and services for nearly 300 students ages 5-21 with developmental disabilities. A different kind of private special education, the organization believes every child should have the opportunity to become self-sufficient and independent, regardless of income. Read more here

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