Our Mission

Our Mission
  • The Norman Howard School fosters the academic and social-emotional growth of students with learning needs using an individualized approach.


  • The school's supportive community promotes students' development as respectful, responsible, resilient citizens.

  • The school promotes the understanding of diverse learning needs and serves as a resource for families and professionals.

Quick Facts

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Our Story

Established in 1980 by parents and area professionals, The Norman Howard School offers a 38 year tradition of providing students from Rochester and the surrounding area an exceptional alternative to public education. Named in honor of Norman Howard, Head of The Gow School in South Wales, NY, whose advice and consultation aided the development of the school, we began by providing individualized education to six students. In  1990, NHS was approved as a Special Program by the New York State Education Department. Today, a vibrant and diverse community of more than 110 students from more than 9 counties thrive in an atmosphere of support and acceptance where an individual’s strengths are promoted and strategies for managing challenges are developed.


Parents Tell Our Story.

Lives Transformed Through Education...

Your staff was great to be around and all are truly gifted professionals, highly skilled and compassionate. After spending extended time with them it is clear to me why your school is such a wonderful place. Your staff has a keen understanding of each child’s strengths and weaknesses and a deep well of strategies for bringing out the best in every student.

- NHS Parent

I truly believe that Norman Howard saved my child.  Teacher's believed in him, explained things to him, and encouraged him. They saw his potential and they helped him see it too.  Teachers gave him back his confidence.  Day after day I saw smile after smile.  I saw pride.  I saw someone who finally believed in himself.

- NHS Parent