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High School Model

The ASD Nest high school model specifically supports autistic adolescents and emerging adults academically, behaviorally and socially, and become ready to attain their full, unique potential as competent, independent and happy adults.

In the 2021-22 school year, there are 13 NYC Department of Education high schools spread across all five boroughs. The ASD Nest high school model builds off of the middle school model, sharing the same philosophical foundations, providing familiar programmatic structures, and working to develop self-determined students.

The ASD Nest Support Project is committed to continually reassessing and updating the ASD Nest model to reflect current best practices and the needs of Nest students, families, and schools. The high school model is the most recent element of the model to be refined and updated in a collaboration between the NYU, the NYC DOE, Nest school staff, and autistic self-advocates. Representatives from these groups collaborate to create an ASD Nest high school model which fulfills the mission of supporting emerging adults to become ready to meet their full and unique potential.

Self-advocate Presentations

Development of the ASD Nest high school model was supported in the 2015-16 school year by the FAR Fund, in accordance with their mission to provide funding to programs that promote healthy social and emotional development in children and families.

As a part of the development, autistic self-advocates were invited to present to students at ASD Nest high schools. The self-advocates shared their experiences from school, lessons they learned, provided advice and motivation, and addressed students’ questions. See the presentations below.

Frank Matej Cernik

Fight and Gravity


Roman Haberli

Reflection on experiences


Jackie Meggesto

I tried really hard to think of a title but couldn't, so here's my presentation


Elizabeth Rosenzweig

Physics in My Pants