PALS at The Leffell School

What is PALS?

Leffell’s PALS program is designed to meet the unique needs of students with language-based learning disabilities in Middle School. PALS uses proven methods to support students to achieve academic success. With a low student:teacher ratio and small class sizes, PALS provides targeted, self-contained instruction in needed subject areas, while allowing for full integration in the broader school community, both inside and outside the classroom.

To fully support each student, PALS also offers on-site speech/language and occupational therapy and Orton-Gillingham reading support, one-on-one or in small groups. PALS students are fully integrated into the school’s social fabric through full participation in mainstream co-curricular programming; arts and athletics; experiential education events; and daily activities such as lunch, recess, and tefilah. Situated within Leffell’s joyful Jewish community, PALS students also receive an exceptional Jewish education that fully complements their academic experience.

Current PALS Student

In my classroom, I feel calm and safe. We all support each other. I feel smarter and more confident because of PALS.

Contact Us

For more information about the PALS Program or to start a conversation about your child's learning needs, please contact Lisa Mendler, PALS Coordinator, by email at, or by phone at (914) 948-8333, ext. 8134.

Current PALS Parent

Before PALS the focus was on what my son couldn’t do rather than what he could do. By looking at the whole child they not only figured out how he learns but also gave him confidence in many other areas.

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Current Middle School PALS English Language Arts Teacher

As a PALS teacher, I am able to target specific learning skills and strategies for each of my students in a small group or one-on-one setting. By individualizing the support that students receive, I’ve been able to watch them not only improve academically, but grow their self-confidence by leaps and bounds.
Lower School Campus (K-5)
30 Dellwood Road
White Plains, NY 10605
Upper School Campus (6-12)
555 West Hartsdale Avenue
Hartsdale, NY 10530