The Main Campus at Westampton
The Main Campus of Burlington County Special Services School District is located in Westampton Township. Programs at the school include services for students ages three through twenty-one with the following challenging conditions: autism, severe cognitive disabilities, specific learning disabilities, multiple disabilities, and behavioral disabilities. Each program uses a multi-disciplinary approach to learning and follows both the NJ State Core Curriculum Content Standards and each student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).
The Main Campus is divided into three separate programs with each serving a unique population:
The Pioneer Autism Sensory Center(PASC) offers comprehensive programs for students aged 3-21 with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Research based techniques, strategies, and therapeutic services are used in a structured teaching environment to foster language, communication, daily living skills, and functional academics. In addition to our self-contained facility, we offer community-based “Host” classrooms, located in a public school setting to allow for opportunities to mainstream into the general education environment and develop group instructional skills. The Host Classrooms place an extensive focus on social skills development and progress with general education curriculums. Each day we strive to help each student develop the greatest level of independence in their home, community, and work environments by developing and implementing individualized educational programs based upon student needs, interests, and abilities.
The Elementary Campus has four distinct programs within the school. Our integrated, preschool program features three full time classes for three and four year old students classified as preschool handicapped. Each of our other programs service students from age five to thirteen. Our behavioral disabilities program focuses on academics and social skills. Our multiple disabilities program focuses on adademics, daily living skills and vocational experiences. The severe cognitive program concentrates on sensory integration, communication, and self-help skills.
The High School Campus serves students aged 14 through 21 with multiple disabilities. Our comprehensive program includes a strong academic and vocational sequence. This sequence ensures that our students meet the requirements for high school graduation as required by the State of New Jersey.
Our programs encompass a well-rounded school experience. In addition to our core programs, students have many opportunities to participate in extracurricular and community activities. These activities include but are not limited to clubs, Special Olympics, student government, community fund raisers, public shows, Respite, Prom and school dances, class trips, band, performing arts, and community activities.
As a New Jersey Public School, our academic programs successfully instruct students in all the basic content areas as required by the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards. In addition, we provide highly specialized learning experiences for students with unique learning abilities and emphasize the daily life skills that will enable our students to function self-sufficiently in the home and community.
Each campus program addresses the unique vocational needs according to their students’ functioning abilities. High school students participate in an exploratory and preparatory program which is sequential in nature. The program assures that our students can enter the work force based on their performance ability levels. The high school vocational program also provides opportunities for students to experience up to thirteen vocational clusters in preparation for the job world. South Campus students are placed in classes to meet their social and transitional needs. Transitional skills include: personal care, work habits, communication skills, functional academics, independent living skills, and work skills. Work experience programs give many of our high school aged vocational students the opportunity to participate in the world of work. Based on the student’s ability, work experiences may include work study, summer work, volunteer work, job sampling, or community co-op placement.
Social Awareness & Character Development
All programs provide and address opportunities in the important areas of self-esteem, interpersonal skills, and acceptable social skills. It is our goal for students to gain positive values and to have the ability to relate successfully to others, enter adult life as solid citizens, and become good family members.