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.
Transition is About More than College and Career
Making a successful leap from high school to adult life can be difficult, particularly for students with a history of learning, social, emotional and behavioral challenges.
While most transition programs focus on job and college-readiness skills, Momentum@Garfield Park Academy does that and more. One student at time, we prepare our graduates for life.
Designed around the needs of students aged 14-21 who have social, learning and behavioral disabilities, Momentum@ Garfield Park Academy prepares young people for a future they can look forward to.
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With a strong emphasis on resiliency and self-direction, students learn 21st Century Skills for Life and Career:
- Critical Thinking
- Collaboration, Teamwork and Leadership
- Personal Financial Literacy
- Self regulation and Stress control
- Conflict resolution
- Personal value development
- Confidence and Optimism
- Future-oriented motivation
- Persistence and “Grit”
Momentum offers effective, evidence-based support services including:
- Intensive individual counseling
- Daily group counseling
- Family counseling
- Stress management
- Clinical social work services
- Psychiatric interventions
Garfield Park Academy uses The Teaching Family Model, an internationally recognized, data based cognitive behavioral approach that is student-centered, and emphasizes self-determination.
REAL Job Skills
Our New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Career and Technical Education-certified vocational programs are some of the most successful in the state. We offer instruction to foster independent daily living, travel, and provide cooperative work experiences at local businesses, including:
- Auto mechanics
- Culinary arts
- Computer science
- Retail and business education
Academic Preparation for the Future
Our challenging academic curriculum and state-of-the-art science lab and educational technologies engage students through hands-on learning. Our connections with community colleges allow students to learn on a college campus – with all necessary supports – building skills and confidence and setting them on a path for success. Research shows that students who take college courses while in high school have greater success when they graduate.
Connections and Linkages
Momentum@ Garfield Park Academy provides vital community connections with the local resources students needs for success beyond graduation.
Community Connections include:
- Burlington County College
- CamWorks, on site training programs
- Arc Burlington, Arc Camden
- Military Service
Students graduate with job skills, study skills and connections, they learn the self-esteem, self-reliance and self-confidence needed to solve problems, communicate effectively, and flourish.