Y.A.L.E. School News

Off to a Great Start: Y.A.L.E. Standard 9 and Outcomes

In 2005, the Y.A.L.E. School initiated a unique transition concentration designed to assist students ages 18-21 in preparing for post-secondary environments. The Standard 9 concentration—so named because it directly correlates with the New Jersey Department of Education’s Core Curriculum Standards in that area—has expanded from two students in its inaugural year to a current enrollment of 34 students. A total of 67 students from 39 school districts and 7 counties have attended or are currently participating in the program. Services are provided for 1 to 3 years, based on the needs of the individual students. Of the program’s 32 graduates, 81 percent are now enrolled in community college, a four-year college or university programs, or are competitively employed.

In 2009, Y.A.L.E. expanded the Standard 9 concentration to include an option for college-bound students at Camden County College, Blackwood. The collaboration established a dedicated special education classroom on campus, offered students opportunities to take college courses, and developed weekly campus work rotations for those deciding between attending college or entering the workforce upon graduation from high school. The Standard 9 concentration now has two dedicated classrooms serving 18 students at the college campus. A newly added “Scholars” option was created in 2010 for students with higher academic profiles who meet CCC’s criteria for college readiness based on Accuplacer Test scores. Of those students in the Standard 9 concentration whose IEPs identify college as a post-secondary outcome, an impressive ninety-four percent are currently enrolled in college.

The Y.A.L.E. School maintains placement rates for all graduating classes, which include Standard 9 participants. From 2006-2010, eighty-seven percent of Y.A.L.E. students have entered college or vocational/technical schools or secured employment, including the US Armed Forces.

Y.A.L.E. School Graduates Have Been Accepted at:

Our Students are Award Winners and Achievers

  • Stephanie Navarro ’08, National Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Marc Pagliante ’07, Philadelphia 76’ers Hometown Hero Award
  • Stephen Weikert ’06, Philadelphia 76’ers Hometown Hero Award
  • Meaghan Flemming Buck ’07, Founder, Asperger’s Peer Support Organization, Lebanon Valley College
  • Mathew Cienki ’07, Honors Program, Camden County College

 

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