At 1st Cerebral Palsy of New Jersey, transition planning formally begins at the age of 14. Students pass through four unique phases before graduating, each one building on the skills learned in prior classes.
In Phase 1, The Career Awareness Phase, 14 year old students are introduced to different vocational opportunities. During this phase they take field trips, learn about post-secondary education options, transportation information and their civic rights. During Phase 2, The Exploration Phase, 15-16 year olds begin to work on vocational training opportunities within the school. These opportunities include maintenance, kitchen responsibilities, horticulture training and clerical tasks. If a student has an interest in additional opportunities, we do our best to accommodate his or her request. Next is Phase 3, The Preparation Phase, during which 17-18 year olds begin to explore external employment, volunteer opportunities, future-planning and site visitations.
It’s a very motivational and exciting time! Finally, Phase 4, The Assimilation Phase, is the most crucial step toward graduation placement. This is when 19-21 year olds focus on individual employment, post secondary education, self-directed day support options, adult medical day facilities, sheltered workshops and volunteer opportunities.
Joan Krotenberg, Associate Director / Principal
Ms. Krotenberg has more than 40 years of experience in special education. She was a member of the child study team and a special education teacher. She has the experience, knowledge and skills necessary to be an effective school leader. Please contact her anytime; she would be happy to answer all your questions on anything from child placement to state regulations to parents’ rights. She is also available for personal tours of our facility.
An interdisciplinary approach is critical to the success of our school and our students. Here, teachers work side-by-side with therapists to give each student a consistent and intensive program that fosters success in all areas.
Technology We Use
All high school classrooms are equipped with computers that have touch screen capabilities. Classrooms are also equipped with the latest Smart Board interactive whiteboards. This interactive technology supports helps teachers deliver dynamic lessons and students write notes in digital ink and save work – all with the simple touch of a finger. The unique collaborative learning experiences ensure students are at the center of every lesson. Students also have access to iPads to supplement and enhance their lessons. 1st Cerebral Palsy of New Jersey offers wireless Internet service for easy access throughout the school.