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General Overview

The DCF Cape May Campus is located in the Crest Haven Complex and is a 12-month State-operated alternative school designed to meet the needs of at-risk youth.  The program is designed to meet the needs of students who benefit from a small setting and who need supports to successfully transition back into public school settings. 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.


Description of Services

TEC Program (Transitional Education Center)

The TEC program is an alternative school program designed to meet the needs of at-risk youth ages 13 through 21.  The TEC program is designed to provide a comprehensive educational program that helps students 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 (Teen Education and Child Health)

The TEACH program provides educational services for expectant and parenting teens and provides specialized life and parenting skills and guidance.  The program provides the students 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. 

The Project TEACH program offers a nursery:

  • On-site child care for infants and toddlers ages six weeks to 2 ½ years
  • Primary care given by trained educators
  • Loving safe, and stimulating environment
  • Developmentally and age appropriate curriculum for the nursery

Both the TEC and TEACH programs offer:

  • General and special education programs
  • New Jersey certified teachers
  • Instructional and assistive technologies
  • Child Study Team Services
  • Full transportation services “to and from” school
  • Small class sizes with a maximum of 12 students
  • Related services as required by the student’s IEP
  • Potential concurrent enrollment for college credits for qualified students
  • Behavioral support services


Major Projects and Initiatives

DCF Cape May Students participate in a variety of educational activities throughout the year including:

  • The Clean Communities Program
  • Congruent Credit Program through Atlantic Cape Community College
  • Noyes Museum of Art
  • The A.J. Meerwald sailing ship
  • NJ Clay College
  • The Cape May Physics Estate
  • The Battle Ship New Jersey
  • Grounds for Sculpture


DCF Regional School – Cape May Campus
131 Crest Haven Road
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
Tel: (609) 436-3578
Fax: (609) 465-4104