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General Overview


The DCF Regional School Atlantic Campus is an alternative secondary school designed to meet the ever-increasing needs of at-risk youth. This school will enroll those individuals from 9th through 12th grade who want a second chance to complete their education, and in turn earn a high school diploma. 

We offer a wide variety of supplemental and support services.  Transportation, breakfast and lunch are provided for each student.  An Individualized Program Plan (IPP) or an Individual Education Plan (IEP) will be developed for each student (including Due Process Appeal Procedures).  Successful completion of a transitional plan may include career planning, college preparation, or job readiness skills. Through our educational interventions we hope to enhance student’s work ethics, to assist them in securing a high school diploma, and to help provide a sense of personal direction.

 

Description of Services


TEC PROGRAM
The purpose of the program is to assist students who are on linked with a state agency (DCPP, Court Involved, CSOC, DFD, etc) to take more effective control of their lives by providing them with small classroom populations, greater student to teacher ratios, individualized instruction, cultural and life skills activities, group and individual counseling, and transitional planning.  With these components, students have the opportunity to:

  • Earn a High School Diploma
  • Develop skills to begin to make more appropriate life choices
  • Discover career interests
  • Transition to career opportunities and post education programs


PROJECT TEACH
The Project TEACH program is a transitional program for pregnant and parenting teenagers.  The program provides them with parenting classes, nursery services, and academic classes.  Therefore in order to successfully complete all aspects of the program, parent and baby are expected to attend school regularly. This year round program provides instruction based on the individual needs and learning styles of each student.  An on-site nursery provides infant care as well as hands-on instruction in effective parenting skills. 

 

Community Partnerships/Programs


FAMILY LIFE/HEALTH CURRICULUM PERMISSION
The Family Life/Health Curriculum will include significant aspects of health, hygiene and socialization skills.  Sex education will be taught in collaboration with and consultation from the school nurse and the health/physical education teacher.  Individual responsibility, consequences of behavior and emotions will also be an integral part of the Family Life/Health class.  Each student’s individual readiness in these instructional areas will be evaluated; thus, objectives for the risks of alcohol, smoking and drug education will be primarily taught to the secondary level students. 

Parents must provide a signed and dated statement to the school if they want their child to be excused from any of the instructional areas of the health/family life education curriculum which are in conflict with their conscience or sincerely held moral or religious beliefs.


MY LIFE MY CHOICE CURRICULUM - presented by Prevent Child Abuse NJ
The MLMC model for Exploitation Prevention pairs a licensed clinician or clinically trained service provider with a trained survivor of exploitation to lead groups.  Girls benefit from hearing the survivors story and the expertise of two trained professionals who understand how to create a safe place for girls to share with one another.   MLMC’s 10 session prevention curriculum is designed to change a female student’s perception of the commercial sex industry, as well as build self-esteem and personal empowerment; the curriculum includes interactive activities, journaling, and is infused with the authentic testimony of survivors.

Be Proud! Be Responsible! & PREP Program presented by Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative & NJ Department of Health

The curriculum focuses on AIDS/HIV awareness and prevention, as well as STD transmission and condom education.

Empowering Young Men - presented by Prevent Child Abuse NJ

This program engages young men in reducing and eliminating sexual exploitation and violence. During the four 45-minute sessions, participants will have a safe environment in which to discuss healthy relationships, violence prevention, and both social and personal responsibility. By the program’s conclusion, students will be able to explain sexual exploitation as a form of violence against women, discuss social perceptions of masculinity as created by peers and the media, and act as allies against sexual exploitation by identifying practical ways to end sexual harm.

 

Vegetable Gardens and Food Preparation


DCF Regional- Atlantic will offer students the opportunity to learn about growing and preparing real food in order to enhance their awareness of healthy nutritious eating habits, through a hands-on, educational experience in the natural environment.

A school vegetable garden, fully integrated in the school’s curriculum, contributes to this teaching in a fun and hands-on way. From vast experience, it has been shown that children who grow food themselves are more eager to try to eat vegetable, and are more likely to actually like them. In addition to giving them the skills to make good choices for their own nutrition, children participating in raising gardens will learn about the biology of plants and the environment that plants need to grow, and develop appreciation for the work and skill that is necessary to make this happen. 

We hope that by participating in our school garden, our students will bring home a better understanding and appreciation of the natural world, and will be able to make better choices for their own nutrition and that of their families for the rest of their lives. Beyond the obvious farming skills (planting, weeding, harvesting), the project will allow the teachers to include aspects of biology, environmental science, health science, and cooking skills.

 

 DCF Regional School - Atlantic Campus
2562 Tilton Road
Egg Harbor Twp., NJ 08234
Tel: (609) 573-3726
Fax: (609) 645-3773