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Garfield Park Academy is a New Jersey state approved, private, non-profit special education school that provides effective, evidence-based special education services for students in grades K-12 who have a history of learning, social, emotional and behavioral challenges.

Our Mission

Children with emotional challenges and learning disabilities can be successful in life, if provided the resources to monitor and self-regulate their own behaviors. Through self-regulation, counseling, and truly individualized education, GPA helps students understand and achieve success by changing their attitudes and allowing themselves to achieve.

GPA female teacher with two young male students reading

Comprehensive ‘Wrap Around’ Services for Students and Families

GPA’s therapeutic program, combined with traditional academics and preparation for college or the vocations enhances the chances of students with emotional and social challenges to succeed in an educational environment, at home, and in life!

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What are People Saying About GPA?

Garfield Park Academy has consistently demonstrated clinical excellence in its service to students with complex educational, behavioral and emotional needs and their families.

John Lestino, MA, LPC, Past President, New Jersey School Psychologists Association

As the nation’s first TFA-accredited school-based program, Garfield Park Academy represents the gold standard in positive behavioral supports for students with disabilities. Their commitment to excellence is unsurpassed.

Peggy McElgunn, Esq., Executive Director, Teaching Family Association

Educational Outcomes That Make a Difference

We work hard to make sure our students learn the skills they need to succeed. Over the past five years, more than 95% of GPA graduates each year went on to further education, jobs or internships in their chosen vocation, or military service. And we couldn’t be prouder of each and every one of them.

2017 GPA Graduates with Educational or Vocational Placements at Graduation

Recent GPA News

412, 2017

Tuning In To Biofeedback

We asked Claudia Faucher, RN, a nurse at GPA, about the biofeedback program at Garfield Park Academy.

412, 2017

Preparing Students for Success When They Return to District

Joe Brogan, a case manager at Rancocas Valley Regional High School, knew that when T’s social and behavioral challenges and difficulty maintaining positive peer relationships, were having a negative impact on her academic work, she needed a different approach. He and others on the IEP team turned to Garfield Park Academy for placement when T was in middle school.

212, 2017

Social and Emotional Learning: Zones of Regulation

The Zones approach addresses underlying deficits in emotional and sensory regulation, executive functioning, and social cognition, so it can help move our students toward independent regulation.

1511, 2017

A “Growing” Interest in Learning

Horticulture Center at Garfield Park Academy. The center functions as a quiet oasis for students, where they can connect with nature and get their hands dirty. Students learn patience and how to care for plants through hands-on earth science lessons. They also learn career skills: the classroom is set up to run as a full-service flower shop, so students learn about marketing, salesmanship, order taking, and cash register operation.

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Sensory Room Brings Calm

A brand new sensory room is helping students improve self-awareness and explore self-regulation strategies. Used increasingly for students on the autism spectrum and those with sensory integration issues, the multisensory environment consists of an array of lights, sounds and tactile experiences that can be adjusted to individual preferences.

1904, 2017

Tip Toeing Through Text: StoryWalk

StoryWalk, a concept created by Vermont educator Anne Ferguson, is a fun and innovative activity that places the pages from a children’s story along a route in the community, on the playground, or inside the school building. It helps build children's interest in reading while encouraging healthy activity.