Head of School Blog

by Dr. Francis Tabone

Out of His Head – What’s New at SKILLs? Read all About It!

BIG NEWS! SKILLs is Changing its Name to Cooke Transitions in September!    SKILLs (Skills and Knowledge for Independent Living and Learning) was started in 2009 to provide a community-based transition program for our students after four years at the high school....

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Out of His Head – Cooke’s WORM Lab

Welcome 2020!  Why should you be excited? I can give you lots of reasons. First, we will start our 2020 Summer Academy program (for grades K-8, and grades 9-12) in our new building! Yes, it’s true. We will move into our new building this summer. Although SKILLs...

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Grammar School

Grades K-8

  • Multi-faceted curriculum focused on integrating academics, life skills, and social/emotional growth 
  • Small classes (8-12 students).
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Grades 9-12

  • Rigorous academics and integrated therapeutic programs 
  • Internship program and community-based learning
  • Afterschool and athletics
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18 to 21-year-olds

  • Real-world experiential learning to help young adults round out their academic, social, and life skills. 
  • Internship program and community-based learning
  • Transition counseling and planning
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Independence through Education from K through 21

Additional Programs

Our Approach to Education

At Cooke, we are driven by the belief that all children deserve an education that leads to an independent future—one in which they can be included as integral members of their community.

Strength-based learning
Robust academics
Integrated therapeutic services
Community inclusion
Transition planning
Parents as partners
Commitment to diversity


Cooke Center School is proud to be accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools. Cooke Upper School is registered as a high school with the New York Board of Regents and can award New York state diplomas.

School Contact Information

Cooke School and Institute (Grades 6-12)
1713 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10029

Cooke Transitions
60 MacDougal Street
New York, NY 10012

Cooke School and Institute (Grades K-5)
219 Stanton Street
New York, NY 10002
(212) 995-2020