Y.A.L.E. School’s Cedar Creek campus, located near the Atlantic City Expressway in Atlantic County New Jersey serves students 14 to 18 years of age with one or a combination of social and learning disabilities, such as high-functioning autism, Asperger’s disorder (Asperger's syndrome), Social Communication Disorder, specific learning disabilities, or emotional and/or social difficulties. Some students may have a clinical diagnosis of anxiety disorder, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (A.D.H.D.), mood, personality, and/or obsessive-compulsive disorders.
The Y.A.L.E. School Cedar Creek campus operates inside Cedar Creek High School in Egg Harbor City, NJ. Cedar Creek is a public high school founded in 2010 and is part of the Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District.
Y.A.L.E. School Cedar Creek Team Leaders:
Barry Walker, B.A., - Campus Supervisor at Y.A.L.E.’s Mullica Township and Cedar Creek Campuses.
Barry joined the staff at Y.A.L.E. School's Northfield campus in 2000, where he worked with students with social and behavioral difficulties for more than a decade. In 2012, he moved to the Mullica campus’s school-within-a-school program serving students on the autism spectrum. He was instrumental in establishing the Cedar Creek program.
Barry holds a bachelors degree in Marketing from Stockton College and has studied special education at Rowan University.
A career educator, Barry has found his passion working with students on the autism spectrum.
The Egg Harbor City campus offers:
- Low student-to-staff ratio
- Small classes limited to 6-8 students
- Highly qualified, NJDOE Certified, dually certified teacher
- Highly trained teacher assistant(s)
- Exposure to and inclusion in public high school experiences (where appropriate)
- Rigorous high school academic curriculum
- Ongoing consultation with Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and/or School Psychologist
- Counseling and related services offered by Y.A.L.E. to be arranged based upon the IEP
- Regular communication between school, home and the student’s home district
Students will possess the requisite skills (academic/social/emotional) to participate in selected related arts classes such as lunch, physical education, music, art, technology etc. with support from the Y.A.L.E. staff. The Y.A.L.E. students will be invited to participate in and/or observe school clubs and activities such as sporting events, assemblies, plays and other events throughout the school year. This “school within a school” program will offer the benefits of varying levels of exposure to typical high school students and is designed to promote increased confidence in social and peer relationships leading to college acceptance or workplace readiness upon graduation.