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Nassau BOCES Eagle Avenue Middle School
307 Eagle Ave, West Hempstead, NY 11552
The Eagle Avenue Middle School is part of the Board Of Cooperative Educational Services of Nassau County. Nassau BOCESMore leases the school building from the West Hempstead Union Free School District. This school caters to students, ages 10 to 14, who have learning, behavioural, emotional and developmental disabilities. Students have Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), which are developed by a multidisciplinary team to meet the specific needs and goals of each student. The school's traditional middle school program has a classroom curriculum that includes reading, language arts, math, science and social studies. These subjects are adapted to the student's cognitive level and learning style. Students also get involved in activities that promote community awareness. The school also offers unique programs for selected students. While some younger students focus primarily on academics, following New York State standards, many of the older students have differentiated schedules, which include developing life skills, building personal independence and working toward a high school diploma.
New York Equestrian Center (formerly Lakewood Stables)
633 Eagle Ave, West Hempstead, NY 11552

Offering lessons, trail rides, after-school programs, kids parties, pony rides, summer camp and privateMore boarding, New York Equestrian Center is a state-of-the-art indoor riding facility that is open year round. It is located on Eagle Avenue in West Hempstead, just off the Southern State Parkway (Exit 18) and steps away from the 775-acre, scenic Hempstead Lake State Park.

Owner Alex Jacobson purchased the historic horse ranch, originally built in the 1920's, in 2006, and changed the name to Lakewood Stables. Then, in April 2011, he demolished the dilapidated barns and spent the next 16 months erecting the New York Equestrian Center in its place, while perserving some of the stable's past. 

The new energy-efficient, climate-controlled facility contains a 30,000 sq. ft. indoor riding arena lined with a top-quality, dust-free synthetic blend. It has a 3,000 sq. ft. mezzannine that seats 99 and hosts a variety of shows.

The horses enjoy cushioned rubber pavers throughout the rest of the facility and new stalls, which are 8-feet high and come in two sizes (10 by 10 and 12 by 12) contain cushioned floors, automatic water dispensers with heaters, anti-cribbing railings, private fans and tack boxes with locks, windows and some even have thier own paddocks.

NYEC also owns 23-plus acres of property upstate in Anton, New York, which has riding rings, pastures and a 15,000 sq. ft. barn. It serves as a place for training, retirement, rehabiliation and for horses to just stretch their legs, run and relax.

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