The Board of Cooperative Educational Services provides educational programs and opportunities to meet distinct needs within 18 local school districts. One of three BOCES on Long Island, Western Suffolk BOCES provides 70 services to two or more districts more economically and efficiently than one district alone can provide. Western Suffolk BOCES helps school-age children and adults gain the skills and knowledge they need to be successful in the workplace.
Western Suffolk BOCES has an elected Board of seven representatives from the 210 square mile area that makes up the western Suffolk County towns of Babylon, Huntington and Smithtown. Board members are elected for three-year terms and are responsible for policy governing Western Suffolk BOCES.
The Boards of Cooperative Educational Services were created in 1948 by the New York State Legislature. Today 37 BOCES in New York serve 721 school districts.
Programs are offered through these main divisions:
- Special Education
- Career & Technical Education
- Instructional Support Services
BOCES also offers many administrative and management services to help school districts meet the needs of their students, staff and communities. BOCES can provide these services more economically and efficiently than one district alone can provide.
Western Suffolk BOCES publications provide up-to-date information about a wide range of BOCES programs and services. Take a look:
Shared Services Guide
Each year, Western Suffolk BOCES prepares the Shared Services Guide for component school districts. The guide outlines the programs and services available in the areas of special education, career and technical education, instructional support and business services. Click the link below for the current year’s guide.
The NYS Commissioner of Education has approved the Annual Professional Performance Review Plan (APPR) submitted by Western Suffolk BOCES as meeting the criteria outlined in the Commissioner’s Regulations.
- APPR Education Law 3012-c and Subpart 30-2
- APPR Education Law §3012-d and Subpart 30-3 (Implemented for the 2016-7 school year and thereafter.)
Read the statistics on the programs of Western Suffolk BOCES.
|Districts in this BOCES||Website||Enrollment 2020-21|
|Cold Spring Harbor||www.csh.k12.ny.us||1588|
|Half Hollow Hills||www.hhh.k12.ny.us||7524|
|Total Public School Enrollment|
(as of Sept. 2020)
|Students are from these Districts||Secondary Career & Tech Ed.||General Career & Tech Ed.||Alternative & Coop Programs||Special Education|
|Cold Spring Harbor||1||2||0||3|
|Half Hollow Hills||54||62||0||42|
|Itinerant (from all 18 districts)||414|
|Western Suffolk BOCES||75|