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Ridgewood schools to give update to special needs program

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Ridgewood schools to give update to special needs program

DECEMBER 10, 2014    LAST UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2014, 10:50 AM
BY JODI WEINBERGER
STAFF WRITER |
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS

Ridgewood is revamping its innovative special needs program with a new name and different structure to better reflect how it works and benefits students.

The Ridgewood Board of Education on Dec. 1 unanimously voted to rename the Ridgewood High School SAIL (Strategic Actions and Innovations for Learning) program to PREP (Practical, Real-Life Education and Preparation), to better describe what it does.

The program will also have a delayed start going forward, and students will not be moved into it until their sophomore year of high school.

Currently students are assigned to the program in eighth grade, but next year will be assigned at the end of ninth grade so they will have a year of classes in the high school’s resource room program before being designated as PREP students in their sophomore year.

The program, which readies students for vocational jobs, has allowed many special education students to stay in district, a benefit to both students and the district’s coffers.

https://www.northjersey.com/news/education/ridgewood-schools-to-give-sail-an-update-1.1149711

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