The goal of our science curriculum is to promote scientific literacy so that our students are prepared to succeed in today's increasingly technological world. A variety of teaching strategies are utilized to develop fundamental understandings in the life, earth, and physical sciences. In addition to content, a strong emphasis is placed on the development of critical thinking skills. Students are immersed in inquiry, through the use of laboratory experiments, interactive notebook activities, demonstrations, direct instruction, current events, technology and cooperative learning. Teaching and learning is measured through ongoing and embedded assessment. Effective techniques in reading, writing, and math are translated into authentic experiences in science.
The social studies and history curriculum offers students grade level content taught in a format that allows our students to comprehend and apply the concepts and themes. Themes for class content are selected with attention to the state curriculum frameworks and aligned with NJCCCS. All classes are taught in small groups using a variety of methods and materials to teach history, geography, economics, culture and government. Students are encouraged to demonstrate their knowledge through alternative assessments that include role-playing, models, visual arts, technology, and oral presentations as some examples. Technology and the use of the internet as a research tool are key components to the courses. Social studies also integrate content and skills of mathematics, language arts, current events, art history, and science.
Students in the upper school are enrolled in a career orientation class designed to explore post secondary education, vocational training and career exploration. The scope and sequence of this curriculum includes community service, interviewing skills, career exploration, personal finance, understanding your learning disability, self-advocacy, independent living, preparation for post high school education, building a resume, the college search and application process. Focused attention is given to each student's interests and personal goals as delineated in the transitions section of their IEP and in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:14-1.3.