Momentum® Transition at GPA

Transition is About More than College and Career

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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.

Garfield Park Academy graduates 2014While 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.

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-awareness
  • Self regulation and Stress control
  • Conflict resolution
  • Personal value development
  • Confidence and Optimism
  • Future-oriented motivation
  • Persistence and “Grit”

Clinical Services

Momentum offers effective, evidence-based support services including:

  • Intensive individual counseling
  • Daily group counseling
  • Family counseling
  • Stress management
  • Clinical social work services
  • Neuro/biofeedback
  • 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.

Momentum Transition at Garfield Park Academy - female student working on auto repair with other students 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
  • Cosmetology
  • Horticulture
  • Carpentry
  • Computer science
  • Retail and business education

Momentum Transition at Garfield Park Academy - female student at computer - private special education in Willingboro, NJAcademic 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.

Garfield Park Academy grad now in military - Momentum Transition - private special education in Willingboro, NJConnections 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

Momentum Transition at Garfield Park Academy -  cosmetology students working with mentor in the communityStudents 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.