About WEC

Westchester Exceptional Children's School is a not for profit, tax-exempt/501(c)(3) school, located in North Salem, NY, serving students from 36 school districts and nine counties in NY, CT and NYC.
Our focus is on meeting the educational, social and emotional need of students with autism, medically fragile children, and students with communication and behavior disorders.
Our educational mission establishes that each child, no matter how handicapped, is a valuable individual capable of high achievement and worthy of society's best efforts.  
We are committed to identifying and meeting the diverse needs of each student through individualized educational programming.  It is out mission to work cooperatively with families, students, the community, colleagues, and other professionals in order to promote each student’s success and well being as he/she prepares for future endeavors.
In Memory Of
Patricia Alison Murphy
Our First Student
December 1, 1961 - April 19, 1977
"From the Seed of Her Heart, We Have All Blossomed."
There comes a moment of appraisal when we go back to the beginning and recount our trials and our triumphs. We have had to meet the familiar specter of debts, loans and mortgages in a stubborn struggle to keep our doors open and our ideals alive. Yet a small band of parents and professionals, filled with a tremendous sense of purpose, helped carry us from the small wooden school house in Goldens Bridge where we started, to our present large brick building filled to capacity.
We opened our doors in the Goldens Bridge Community House in 1969 to two children, a staff of two, and eighty dollars, in what was then considered an "experiment" - day schooling instead of hospitalization. WEC wished to provide therapeutic education for emotionally handicapped children who were, at that time, often excluded from all education.
The philosophy of Westchester Exceptional Children's School is that EACH CHILD, NO MATTER HOW HANDICAPPED, IS A VALUABLE HUMAN BEING WORTHY OF EFFORT. This philosophy translates into a successful learning experience for every child entrusted to us.
We believe that every child should have the opportunity to live his life with as much dignity, happiness and usefulness as is possible for that individual.
Community support made possible the opening of the Westchester Exceptional Children's School in 1969. The ongoing generosity of friends has made it possible to continue and improve our service to children and their families.
Over the years, your support has enabled our dedicated staff to prepare some 100 children for public education in special classes, for normal education, for workshops and for some, employment.
We want to express our gratitude to all who helped make this happen, all of whom are listed in our hearts. With your continued help, we can go on with the unfinished business that is still before us. Outside waiting for us are THE CHILDREN. What we do to help them will be the truest test and measure of our humanity. We encourage everyone to visit the school. Your spirits will be uplifted.

Mission Statement

On Sunday, October 30, 2011 WEC lost it’s founder and director 

Linda Murphy of Danbury, CT and formerly of Sherman, CT and long time resident of South Salem, NY, died on Sunday, October 30, 2011. Linda was born in White Plains, graduated from White Plains High School and continued her education at Manhattanville College where she received her Master's Degree in School Administration. Linda was predeceased by her husband, Timothy Murphy. She is survived by her daughters Susan Achorn and Samantha Lang and her brother Henry Muhlenbruch. Linda is also survived by three grandchildren, Jessica, Christina and Jeffrey Achorn. She is also survived by her foster sister, Judy Kuenzle and her foster brother Jay Kuenzle. Linda was the founder and director of the Westchester Exceptional Children's School in North Salem, New York for over 42 years. Linda Murphy dedicated her life to the education of special needs children, her legacy will live on forever in the hearts of those special students and their families.
Contributions to the  “Linda Murphy Heart Fund”  may be made to Westchester Exceptional Children's School, 520 Route 22, North Salem, New York 10560.  You can also  Click HERE  to make contributions via Paypal.

Mrs. Linda Murphy