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Garfield Park Academy Staff military veterans honored on Veterans Day 2014

GPA Staff Veterans

On Veteran's Day GPA's Culinary Department made a beautiful breakfast to honor our staff veterans. Seated, left to right, are Byron Powell, Ashley Mitchell, Thorn Felder and Beverly Thomas-Layton. Standing left to right are Steve Warden, Dr. Dale Starcher and Stephanie Blake-Vitale. Thank you for your service to our country!

Garfield Park Academy renovates its Chemistry/Biology Sciences Lab - private special education Willingboro NJ

GPA's Chemistry/Biology Science Lab Renovated

Our science lab has undergone a significant makeover, including lab/safety equipment, lab benches, furniture, and storage. Check it out!

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Garfield Park Academy teacher lecturing with SmartBoard - private special education Willingboro NJ

Garfield Park Academy is a New Jersey state approved, private 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.

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Female teacher at Garfield Park Academy with students handling baby chicks in biology class - private special education Willingboro NJ

Our comprehensive services and programs are designed to ‘wrap around’ each student and his or her family to ensure success, not just in college or work, but also in life.

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Male student watering plants in hortiiculture program at Garfield Park Academy - private special education Willingboro NJ

What sets GPA apart is our highly-qualified, dedicated staff and our unending commitment to therapeutic, clinical intervention. All of our work is based on cutting edge educational research and best practice.

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Garfield Park Academy student reading with service dog and teacher - private special education Willingboro NJ

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.

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Female teacher and hispanic male student working on math - Garfield Park Academy - Willingboro NJ - private special education school

At Garfield Park Academy, we provide a positive, innovative approach to learning for students ages 5-21 with emotional challenges or learning issues. The School’s therapeutic program, 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 and in life!

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Garfield Park Academy teacher working on reading with female high school student - private special education Willingboro NJ

Garfield Park Academy is the first school-based program in the nation to be certified by the Teaching Family Association. The Model has been selected by the American Psychological Association as a “Model Program in Service Delivery in Child and Family Mental Health.”

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Teacher with students in culinary program - Garfield Park Academy Willingboro NJ - private special education school

GPA's program is a positively based cognitive behavioral program which focuses on helping students to develop appropriate social skills to replace poor ones developed over time. The program uses scientifically proven and evidence-based behaviorism techniques to teach and reinforce pro-social skills and allow students to grow and advance in school, at home, and in the community.

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Carpentry classroom at Garfield Park Academy Willingboro NJ - teacher working with students on projects - private special education school

Contact us today to learn more about Garfield Park Academy and its programs. School district administrators, Child Study Team members, teachers, and parents are welcome to contact Garfield Park Academy for more information or to arrange a tour of our school and facilities.

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Featured Programs and Events at GPA

Momentum Transition Program at Garfield Park Academy

Momentum® Transition @ GPA

Momentum® Transition at GPA is a unique special education transition program for students with disabilities, designed to provide them with concrete skills for jobs and college, and a toolbox of individualized strategies to help them achieve real independence, and to rebound from life’s unexpected challenges and disappointments.

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Garfield Park Academy's STEPS Program for Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities

GPA’s STEPS Program

Social Teaching for Employment & Personal Success, or STEPS, is a New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities-approved after-hours program for adults with disabilities, offering flexible services and the on-going support they need to be the most successful, independent adults they can be.

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Garfield Park Academy's Compass Brain Injury Program

GPA’s TBI School Program

After a brain injury, everything changes. It is vital that students have access to the academic, cognitive, behavioral, psychological and social support they need – and a school program that understands them. Our program was developed and is run in collaboration with The Center for Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Health.

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