Teacher: Angela Gentile
Teacher Assistant: Dimitra Kontogiannis
Speech Therapist: Marie Mannino
OT – Christine Babasade
PT – Mike Gleason
Secretary – Ro Cedeno
Case Manager – Grisel Espinosa
The Transition Center at Wood-Ridge Middle School educates students, grades 5 through the age of twenty-one, with special needs who demonstrate delays in the cognitive and behavioral domains. Instruction focuses on developing each student's independent living skills to their full potential. The Transition Center provides a full day school- and community-based learning environment, which includes Individual Education Plan (IEP)-driven instruction focusing on the mastery of functional academic skills required for daily living and working in the community. All students benefit from training in the areas of health; personal, workplace, and travel safety; and appropriate social interactions. Through work internships, functional academics, and a variety of daily living experiences, students are prepared to become true citizens of their communities.
Academics are aligned to the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards. Progress Reports are issued three times per year, with Parent Conferences held in November and upon request. The New Jersey Alternative Proficiency Assessment test is administered as mandated. In addition to traditional academics, students receive instruction in art, music, adaptive physical education, and health education.