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Learning to drive is a right of passage for American teens, and those at GPA are no exception. This year, Michael Gill, Physical Education teacher, worked with a group of Juniors and Seniors to get them ready to take the written portion of the New Jersey drivers test.
Students at Garfield Park Academy in WIllingboro, NJ have been working with students at Garfield Park Academy, piecing together shards of broken glass and tile to tell stories of shared hope.
For many students with ADHD, learning disabilities, and autism, excess physical energy can be distracting in the classroom. When the expectation is that students remain still and seated, sensory integration dysregulation issues can look like a behavioral problem. GPA has helped solve the problem with new sensory-friendly classrooms.
Twice a week, Dan, who is on track for a June, 2017 graduation, dons his uniform to go to Meineke. There, he works under the supervision of another mechanic as an intern. A job coach from GPA attends with him, helping Dan adjust to new situations, and acting as a ‘go-between” to help him problem-solve and interpret work situations.
The Garfield Park Academy Chemistry/Bio Science Lab has undergone a major makeover. Our lab’s been completely refitted with new flooring, lab furniture, teacher tables, lab benches, seating, lab/safety equipment, and storage. The upgrade will make it possible for students and teachers to conduct a much wider range of chemical and biological experiments and demonstrations, while ensuring that they can be …
This spring, Cohen wrote to Garfield Park Academy to express his gratitude for the support and intervention he received when he was a student there. “The school turned me around. They changed the expectations I have for myself,” he said.
Garfield Park Academy’s automotive program has received accreditation from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), and The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), making it the only state-approved private school for students with disabilities in New Jersey to have an accredited program.
Thanks to generous private donations, GPA’s Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) program has moved onto the School’s Willingboro campus. A new 8,000 square foot paddock is now in place on a grassy field behind the school, allowing the therapy horses to come directly to the campus.
GPA is getting all the energy it needs for its facilities at radically reduced costs! How? The School is home to a 1,200 panel, 284 kW solar farm recently installed on one-and-a quarter aces of its campus in Willingboro.
When most people hear the word “biofeedback,” the last thing they think of is elementary and high school classrooms. But if you ask students at Garfield Park Academy in Willingboro, NJ, they’ll tell you about it as matter-of-factly as if it were today’s math homework. Biofeedback is nothing new at the School; they’ve been using it there for nearly fifteen years in their clinical work with students.