High School is the bridge that takes young adolescent into the beginning of their adult life. Our program offers students an educational experience, through our Day or Residential Program, which fosters independence, and prepares them to be responsible and productive citizens. Day students can participate in our after school activities through the provision of a late bus or a residential placement.
Traditional academic classes, career and technical education, computer technology, self-advocacy training, Deaf Culture and Deaf Studies, driver education, and the visual, fine and practical arts are all pieces of our students’ experiences. Specialized programming is available for students with multiple disabilities. All classes are taught by appropriately certified instructors who have special training in working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing students with multiple disabilities. The high school program includes a transition component that prepares students to navigate the world beyond high school. Katzenbach has partnered with Mercer County Technical School to offer the students a greater variety of career and technical education courses. Interscholastic sports, enrichment and co-curricular activities, field trips, Robotics, and various clubs are all a vital part of the program.
Counselors assist our students and families in creating educational and career plans. Related services include speech and language therapy, audiology services, and adaptive physical education. Substance abuse prevention is an integral part of the curriculum. Consultation with the Behavior Consultant is available to students and parents when appropriate.
All classes and training programs comply with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards and are staffed by appropriately certified personnel. Students receive a state endorsed diploma by meeting the graduation requirements determined by the New Jersey Department of Education. Students participate in all state-mandated testing with appropriate accommodations.
Students who plan to attend a college are required to take the American College Test (ACT) for admission. We provide additional reading and math activities and offer an ACT Prep Course to assist our students to prepare for the test. Katzenbach provides the opportunity for students to take the ACT on campus during the school day with accommodations that are stated in each students’ IEP.
Individualized scheduling allows students to take appropriate courses regardless of their assigned grade level placement. Students have the right to stay in school through the age of twenty-one, therefore, a wide variety of options are available for what may be more than four years in high school.