At the Community School, we believe that every child deserves a quality education. We also believe every child is unique and learns differently—which is why we pride ourselves on offering a structured, small-group/one-to-one, multisensory, individually-tailored NJSLS-aligned education to bright children with learning differences and attention deficits.
Through small group instruction and innovative teaching, the Community School's NJSLS aligned curricula emphasizes and facilitates educational experiences that support and cultivate educational creativity, critical thinking, communication, problem-solving, global awareness, understanding/evaluating real-world problems, and connection/synthesis of learned information. Through these efforts, students achieve their highest performance in the classroom while simultaneously acquiring the skills necessary to be productive community members and make informed post-secondary, career, and financial decisions.
As the parent of a child with different needs, you may be wondering if it is worth sending your child to a school for special education. Here are four important reasons to consider doing so:
Teachers are responsible for 25-30 students in a typical classroom. That leaves little room for individualized attention. However, in a special education classroom, teachers typically have much smaller class sizes. Our special education teachers can focus on each student and cater their instruction to that student's specific needs.
Most special education schools use curricula specifically designed for students with learning differences. The Community School curricula, specifically designed for students with learning differences, is aligned to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS). This means that your child's education, while specialized to meet their educational differences and IEP mandated needs, aligns with their public school counterparts.
Special education schools typically have access to resources and services mandated by the IEP but are not always available in a typical school setting. These resources may include speech and occupational therapy (group or individual) and counseling services (group or individual). These services make a significant difference in your child's educational experience.
One of the best things about special education schools is that your child will be around other children who have similar needs, providing them with a sense of community and belonging. It may also be helpful for you as a parent to connect with other parents who are going through similar experiences.
Sending your child to a special education school is an important decision. However, it comes with many benefits. These four reasons are just a few amongst many of why sending your child to a special education school is worth considering. If you're looking for an alternative to traditional schooling for your child, we encourage you to learn more about The Community School.