The NOVA North program, located at the Emerson Junior/Senior High School, educates students in grades seven through twelve who are academically capable but require support to handle a mainstream setting. NOVA North is an ideal setting for students who have had a variety of behavioral issues in the past, but have typically begun to develop insight into their behavior(s) by the time they enter this program. In school-level counseling, students continue to work on understanding their behaviors, substituting appropriate behaviors while finding and strengthening alternative coping mechanisms. Counseling is available to all NOVA students. The NOVA staff works with parents/guardians to ensure students are sucsessfull academically and socially.
The NOVA North program follows the Emerson Junior/Senior High School curriculum which is based upon the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards (NJCCCS), as well as each student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP)–mandated services and modifications. Students participate in all state-mandated testing. Progress is formally reported with quarterly report cards that reflect Emerson’s grading system, midterm exams, final exams, and two mid-marking period reports.
NOVA students may participate in internships in their junior and senior years. A NOVA guidance counselor will assist sudents with postsecondary planning.
Students begin interacting in the mainstream process by participating in physical education class, electives, lunch, and extracurricular activities. Effective communication between the Emerson High School staff and the NOVA staff helps to maintain an excellent relationship as everyone works toward a mutual goal—the students’ success.
Read 180 Program
When students walk into a Read 180 classroom they immediately see something different. The room is cozier than most classrooms, with couches and comfy chairs, technology is set up to one side; but it isn’t long before they realize that this classroom is set up for engagement- with technology, with text, with their teacher and with each other. Students are motivated in a variety of ways to read and write in this class. They are also able to monitor their own progress. They start by taking a lexile test in beginning of the year and then setting goals to increase their level throughout the year. Students are made aware of their incremental gains which helps them better understand and acquire a sense of ownership over their academic growth.
Teachers are also able to monitor this progress and record data online. The increase in lexile level among my students has been remarkable. I am fortunate to have this program here at Gateway and to see the progress with my students.