New Beginnings

New Beginnings is dedicated to helping children with ASD learn and grow towards greater independence.
We view autism as a spectrum of developmental disorder of an organic etiology which has at its core profound impairments in the areas of socialization, communication, sensory responsiveness, adaptive behavior, and, often, academic development.
Together with the family we address those areas in natural contexts with the ultimate goal being the integration of our students into the larger community.
Our approach derives from research and best practices in addressing those deficits particular to the autism spectrum.

School Overview

School TypeSpecial Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Other associations(s) for exceptional children
Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
ASAH Private Special Education
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs Supportedas a co-morbidity with ASD
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students143 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
45%
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade New Beginnings Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers19 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size8 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesTuition rate is set by the NJ Dept. of Ed. and generally is paid by the sending school district.
Admissions DirectorKim Saunders
Admissions AssociateCandace Galvez, Principal

Sports

Total Sports Offered1 sport
SportsBasketballBasketball

School Notes

  • The individual needs of each student at New Beginnings are met by a team of exceptional professionals including the classroom teacher and assistants; speech, physical and occupational therapists; behaviorists; and social workers. Our mission is to teach our students to function as independently and successfully as possible in their present and future schools, jobs and communities. To achieve this end, we have established carefully structured educational, training, support and service programs drawing upon diverse models, depending on the particular needs and readiness of each student. Applied behavioral analysis and discrete trial training are fundamental to the program; other teaching methods, including computer-aided lessons, are incorporated, according to each student’s readiness. Sensory, motor, perceptual and language skills are introduced through materials and activities that are both student-centered and teacher-directed. Activities emphasize the process rather than the product, fostering the students' sense of accomplishement and pride. Beacause students learn best through verbal communmicaton combined with hands-on experiences, our program provides a variety of activities designed to promote their overall growth and development. We value the active involvement of our parents at New Beginnings. In addition to monthly evening parent training and support meetings, we sponsor "Parent-Helper days" when parents (and grandparents) come to work with their children in the classrooms during the school day. These Parent-Helper days permit the students to see their parents as important and concerned members of the school environment, while providing parents with opportunities to observe the student with teachers and other students. Parents gain valuable insights and techniques from the expertise of the staff, and, at the same time, share their own talents and interests.
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