Curriculum

Overview

Y.A.L.E. School’s curriculum is structured to systematically teach academic, social, and emotional skills. We offer a wide range of related services, as well as specialized transition programs for college-bound students and students preparing for work and independent living after graduation.

Our academic curriculum is fully aligned with the Common Core State Standards and the New Jersey Department of Education’s Core Curriculum Content Standards.

Related services and transition services vary by campus, and comply with each student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).

Academics

Y.A.L.E. School’s curriculum emphasizes ongoing academic achievement. We use evidence-based teaching methods to maximize each student’s opportunities for intellectual, social, and emotional growth.

Teachers at Y.A.L.E. School frequently assess student performance. They meet in teams to decide how each student’s instruction can be fine-tuned to maximize continued progress toward IEP goals.

This systematic process, called formative assessment, allows teachers to match instructional strategies to a student’s level and learning needs. Students receive academic instruction in:

  • Reading and Language Arts
  • History and Social Studies
  • Mathematics, including Algebra, Geometry, and Calculus
  • Science, including Biology, Chemistry, and Physics
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • Physical Education

Levels of instruction vary by campus and are based on the needs of each student. Students at some of our campuses may be at or above grade level, while those on other campuses may be below grade level and will need significant modifications and adaptions to the curriculum (see sample high school curriculum grid below for example).

Many of Y.A.L.E. School’s campuses offer individualized instruction in reading and written expression. For students who need systematic instruction in phonics or other aspects of reading, Y.A.L.E. School uses specialized, evidence-based approaches.

Because reading is challenging to so many of our students, certified reading specialists routinely consult with teachers to discuss student progress, monitor the effectiveness of instructional strategies, and, if needed, adapt instruction.

Teachers at Y.A.L.E. School use many ways to teach, including tutoring, direct instruction, discrete trial teaching, strategy instruction, peer-based learning, and small interactive group instruction.

High School Curriculum Example

(for Cherry Hill, Northfield, and Ellisburg campuses only)

*Exceptions to the curriculum listed below may be made based upon individual students’ needs.

Track IGrade 9Grade 10Grade 11Grade 12
EnglishMystery & AdventureMulticultural LiteratureAmerican LiteratureBritish Literature or World Literature
MathAlgebra or GeometryGeometry or Algebra 2Algebra 2 or TrigonometryTrigonometry or Calculus
ScienceBiologyChemistryPhysicsAnatomy
HistoryWorld GeographyUS History 1US History 2Economics

Track IIGrade 9Grade 10Grade 11Grade 12
EnglishBridges to Literature IBridges to Literature IIBridges to Literature III or Multicultural LiteratureMulticultural Literature or Mystery and Adventure
MathLife Skills MathFundamentals of Algebra or Consumer MathFundamentals of Geometry or Fundamentals of AlgebraMath for World of Work or
Fundamentals of Geometry
ScienceEarth ScienceBiologyPhysical ScienceEnvironmental Science
HistoryWorld HistoryUS History 1US History 2Civics
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Social and Emotional Development

Learning to successfully interact with others is one of the most important aspects of special education at Y.A.L.E. School.

Throughout the day, our staff engages students in activities designed to teach and practice social skills and social problem solving.

Our integrated classroom-based model for mental health and behavioral services emphasizes self-monitoring and self-management—skills critical to improving a student’s social and emotional competencies. Some students receive direct instruction in social skills. Group and individual counseling are also available.

Our formative assessment process allows teachers and professionals to identify the cause of each student’s social and emotional difficulties, and tailor instruction accordingly.

Transition

Y.A.L.E. School recognizes that all of our students need to become competent, self-directed citizens in their community, whether they are going on to higher education or preparing for the working world.

Our staff helps each student set realistic goals for life after graduation. We guide students and families as they identify and connect with local programs and resources that best match a student’s needs and interests.

We offer vocational and pre-vocational assessment and instruction, job coaching, self-advocacy skills, recreation skills, community living skills, and transportation training.

Y.A.L.E. School offers several options designed to support the transition of students from school to adult life:

Transition at the Cherry Hill Campus

Standard 9: 21st Century Life and Career Skills is a unique transition program based at our Cherry Hill campus for high school students 17 to 21 years of age who are either preparing for college or who are not planning to go to college, but whose IEPs require additional support and training to prepare for independence and employment.

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Transition at other Y.A.L.E. campuses

Both Y.A.L.E. School’s Northfield and Ellisburg campuses offer transition services for students 14 to 21 years of age and provide specialized instruction designed to help students develop skills needed for a successful transition to adult life. Students can exit school with post-secondary supports in place, most often in the form of a job and/or college placement. Both of these campuses now offer the unique GreenVision electronics recycling school-to-work program among other career prep opportunities.

Y.A.L.E. School’s Audubon and Voorhees campuses and the Ellisburg Autism Program also offer transition consultation services and support for some students, including the Green Tech Activity Lab for students ages 18 and older.

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For more information about the specific transition services offered at any of our campuses, please contact an admissions coordinator.