- Data-Driven Instruction. Teachers incorporate common-core aligned assessments to inform all instructional decisions.
- Incentive System. Daily tracking of student strengths and growths areas.
- Teacher Development. Teachers receive training in de-escalation, implicit bias, rigors instruction, and behavioral management.
- Therapeutic Classroom. Smaller classroom environments that emphasize student social-emotional and intellectual development. (KAPS)
- Rigorous Instruction. Lesson-plans and instruction are grade appropriate and aligned with Common Core State Standards.
- Job Placement. Collaboration with partner organizations responsible for connecting students to employment opportunities.
- College. Credits may be earned for successful completion of articulated courses “banked” at the community college until the student enrolls in that college.
- Social-Emotional Development. (NJ SEL Competencies)
- Self-Management –the ability to manage feelings, thoughts, and behaviors in a variety of context. Grit!
- Self-Awareness:the ability to identify feelings, as well as how feelings and thoughts influence actions.
- Social Awareness:the ability to understand and empathize with others’ points of view.
- Responsible Decision Making: the ability to make positive choices about personal behavior.
- Relationship Skills: the ability to communicate and connect with a range of people in a healthy way.
- Growth Mindset: the ability to grow with effort, which is understood as necessary for success.
- Measured SED. Development is assessed by student and staff. Categories include: absenteeism, preparation, participation, behavior, and following direction.
- Restorative Justice. Students participation in service learning to learn civic responsibility and leadership.
- Health and Trauma. Interventions through partnerships with local community-based support organizations.