Academy360 Upper School

Our Upper School campus in Livingston, NJ, is home to students in high school through age 21; learners age 18-21 focus on transitioning to independence.

Academy360 Upper School

Academy360 Upper School is an NJ State Board of Education Approved Private School for students in high school through age 21 with autism and related disabilities. Our curriculum emphasizes academics, incorporating real-world experiences and life and social skills training to support students in all areas of development. Young adults age 18 to 21 focus on transitioning to independence.

We build on foundational skills while focusing on the specialized support services, strong academics, life skills and career development services students need. With the addition of special areas including art, music and video production, as well as sports and enrichment clubs, Academy360 Upper School students discover a community that’s right for them.

We also provide services for students who need a more traditional self-contained classroom environment.

Young Adult Program

Our Young Adult Program (YAP) offers students age 18-21 a full day program which supports transition into adulthood. YAP students receive the tools they need to become as independent as possible through integrated, community-based learning opportunities. Our goal is to ensure a seamless transition from the security of the school environment to the increased choice and self-direction that comes with adulthood.

Students graduate with the necessary linkages to post-secondary supports.

YAP includes:

  • Community based instruction: curriculum-driven outings to increase independence in community settings
  • NJ TIP travel training
  • Focus on daily living skills
  • Continued adult education and career instruction
  • Monthly socials for students and alumni, which include dinner and social skills lessons.
  • Guidance on preparing for post-YAP plans: SSI, DDD, DVRS, Access Link, more.

In the Final Year:

  • Community Personnel Services (CPS) – consultation with A360 students and families in the last year of the YAP to develop, secure funding and resources, and implement post-secondary plans.

 

Life Skills

In addition to the traditional and functional academics of our school programs, our curriculum, electives, extracurricular activities and related services all incorporate real world lessons necessary for independence. We aim to provide our students with the essential skills to live their lives to the fullest.

Students on a class trip purchasing drinks at a coffee shop.

Our Daily Living Skills curriculum covers:

  • Personal Appearance and Hygiene
  • Housekeeping Skills
  • Meal Planning and Preparation
  • Money Management
  • Safety
  • Leisure
  • Community Service
  • Self-advocacy

In our Life Skills apartment, students practice steps of daily life — from preparing meals to washing and putting away clothes. The apartment also serves as a natural environment for hygiene instruction and other lessons taught by therapists at the school.

Through Community-Based Instruction (CBI), class trips, respite and other outings, our students practice skills in real-world settings, taking part in experiences enjoyed by peers at traditional schools. Community-Based Work Experience (CBWE) and pre-vocational training prepare them for the next steps as they mature.

Learn more about Life Skills, CBI and CBWE at Academy360:

Student Life

We provide our students with typical experiences found at all schools. Our activities help them interact with their peers in a relaxed social setting, encouraging them to create friendships and lasting memories — a central part of any childhood and adolescence.

Electives, Activities and Clubs

Students take part in elective coursework to develop skill sets in areas that interest them, including:

“The Little Mermaid” musical, starring Upper School students.

Electives

  • Art
  • Cooking
  • Film/Media
  • Gardening
  • Music/Drama
  • Spanish
  • Computer Tech (Coding, Graphic Art, etc.)
  • Digital Literacy/Library

Activities

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Girl Scouts
  • Class Trips
Upper School math students took part in Hacktoberfest, an open source coding event.

Clubs
Students participate in weekly enrichment clubs that rotate across the year, including:

  • Music Mashup
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Games & Puzzles
  • Fitness
  • Photography
  • Book Club
  • Robotics
  • And more

After School Program

For an additional cost, students can take part in after-school activities both on and off campus. Our After School Program offers students the opportunity to engage in a variety of high-interest activities and provides opportunities for socialization with their peers. Activities vary from term-to-term, and have included yoga, tennis, Zumba, hiking, Theatre for Everyone (Paper Mill Playhouse) and more.

Respite

Our Respite program offers students age 10 and up an overnight social experience with peers under the careful supervision and support of our staff. Students enjoy a day trip to a local destination, prepare meals together and sleep over in our fully-equipped Life Skills Apartment. Participants learn to apply social, self-help and communication skills — and have fun!

In the past, students have enjoyed trips to Monster Golf, Turtleback Zoo, Jumpnasium and Papermill Playhouse, to name a few.

Adaptive Physical Education

Adapted Physical Education is physical education made appropriate for a student’s specific capabilities and limitations. Federal law mandates that physical education be provided to students with disabilities and defines Physical Education as the development of:

  • Physical and motor skills
  • Fundamental motor skills and patterns (throwing, catching, walking, running, etc)
  • Skills in aquatics, dance, and individual and group games and sports (including intramural and lifetime sports)

Our facilities include:

  • Exercise equipment
  • Gymnasium
  • Outdoor PE facilities
  • Physical Therapy rooms

Technology

All of our classrooms are equipped with state-of-the-art technology resources.

We have a 1-1 device program and students can receive an iPad and/or laptop for school use.

Desktop computers, iPads, and handheld devices are used to deliver individualized and differentiated curricular instruction and learning assessments for each student.

We have Promethean Boards in each classroom for curriculum delivery in group and individual instruction.

Instructional staff are trained in the appropriate use of these devices and associated instructional software, and also when and how best to deploy them with students.

Extended School Year

For continuity during the month of July, students can participate in our Extended School Year (ESY) program. Students receive a full day of instruction to help maintain the academic, social/emotional, behavioral and pre-vocational growth achieved during the regular school year.

From swimming and hiking, to our annual and much anticipated S360 Sports Day/Field Day, the ESY opportunity exposes students to different opportunities.

Parents receive information regarding the upcoming ESY program before the end of Spring term.

Parent-Staff Organization

PSO360 (Parent-Staff Organization) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose objective is to fund raise, support and sponsor events for the students, families, staff and alumni of all Academy360 programs. All families are encouraged and invited to join. Membership to PSO360 has many benefits. It allows all members to participate, provide input and vote at monthly PSO meetings, access a family directory, as well as volunteer to join various fundraising and event committees in the hopes of enhancing every learner’s experience at Academy360. To learn more about PSO360, visit their website.

This is my second year in the YAP. I’m learning a lot in my social skills class, like how to communicate in a work environment and in the community. I feel more self-confident now…more comfortable being myself.

Sam E., YAP Student

Due to Academy360’s dedicated staff, Joseph has made steady progress since day one. Their hard work and expertise have helped develop Joseph’s academic, social, speech, problem solving, and pre-vocational skills.

Al Silver, Parent

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