Early Childhood Program:
The ADS Early Childhood Program provides children ages 3-8 with an instructional program designed to address their unique developmental needs. The curriculum focuses on the development of communication, self-help, and academic readiness skills. Realizing a child's natural ability to learn about the world through play, teachers instruct the children through thematic, play-based activities, as well as, more traditional academic readiness instruction. Additional program support is provided through related services - speech, physical and occupational therapies-which can be integrated into the classroom program, or provided as a pull-out service, depending upon the child's individual needs.
Our philosophy at ADS is that every student has the potential to learn new skills. The elementary and middle school programs, for students 9 - 16, provide significant adaptations and accommodations that allows students access to New Jersey's Common Core Academic Standards. In addition to academics, our students have access to a wide range of functional, life skills instruction design to help them become more independent in their day to day lives.
High school represents a time of change, The ADS secondary program supports students, ages 17 - 21, through those changes. Whether the challenge is learning to communicate needs, succeeding at a first job, or navigating a first prom, the secondary staff are there to guide, teach and encourage.
Our Mission & Values
In embracing the spirit of our founder, St. John of God, we provide an environment of compassionate hospitality to children and adults with disabilities, and their families. We honor the dignity of each individual from birth throughout life.