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Campus Description

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Y.A.L.E. School’s Northfield campus is located in Atlantic County, just west of Atlantic City. The program serves students 5 to 21 years of age with one or a combination of emotional, behavioral, social, or learning disabilities. Some students may have a clinical diagnosis of anxiety disorder, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (A.D.H.D.), mood, personality, obsessive-compulsive, or oppositional defiant disorders, and/or specific learning disabilities. Most struggle with effective relationships with peers and adults.

The Northfield campus offers academic instruction that stresses applied behavior analysis (ABA). Activities focus on coordination of community–based mental health services and supports for both students and families.

Classrooms feature state-of-the art educational technology, including computers and specialized software for each student. Transition planning and transition services—including mentoring, job skills training, and practical experience in real world situations— are offered to older students as they prepare for life after graduation.

Y.A.L.E. School Northfield Team Leaders:

Alvin Doyle, Jr., M.Ed. – Campus Director at Y.A.L.E. School’s Northfield Campus.

Al has been with the Y.A.L.E. family of programs for nearly 35 years.

He earned his master’s degree in education from Lehigh University and holds a principal certification in New Jersey, along with a teacher of the handicapped certification in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

A veteran educator, he is a strong advocate for at-risk children and youth. Al is deeply committed to building a community of support and works to build positive relationships with parents, law enforcement, and child advocacy organizations.

April Earl, M.Ed.  – Campus Principal at Y.A.L.E. School’s Northfield Campus.

April Earl is the principal at Y.A.L.E. School’s Northfield Campus, where she assists with curriculum development, lesson planning, classroom activities, and oversees transition planning.  Deeply committed to excellence, April works with teachers and staff to ensure program fidelity and to increase student achievement.

April holds a master’s degree in school leadership from Wilmington University and a bachelor’s degree in childhood education and special education from the College of Saint Rose.  She is certified in New Jersey as a teacher of the handicapped (K-12) and holds a provisional principal certification.  In addition, she is certified in New York as a teacher in childhood and special education.

With more than a decade of experience, April is known for her strong commitment to the development of students and staff, and for providing a stimulating, safe, and motivating learning environment.  She understands the importance of using evidence-based strategies and the need to involve families and community organizations to foster student learning and development.  She has led teacher trainings to improve academic instruction and student learning, and facilitated the implementation of a School-Wide Positive Behavioral Support Program.

As the school’s transition coordinator, April supervises the 21st Century Life and Careers instruction and works closely with teachers, students, and families to develop exit plans for graduating students.

“I am very proud of last spring’s graduating class. In our 2015-2016 school year, all seniors graduated and are currently enrolled in two and four year colleges,” April noted.

Before taking on a supervisory role at Y.A.L.E., April was the high school science teacher, where she provided instruction in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Anatomy and Physiology.

Her work has been recognized by others.  In 2013, The Council of Private Schools for Children with Special Needs presented her with the Ruth K. Newman Award for Excellence in recognition of her outstanding contribution and dedication to providing educational services to children with special needs.

Prior to joining Y.A.L.E. in 2010, April was a special education teacher in Ewing, NJ and was a youth habilitation specialist in Syracuse, NY where she served adolescents with mental and developmental disabilities.

The Northfield campus offers:

  • Low student-to-staff ratio
  • Small classes limited to 8-10 students per class
  • All staff certified by NJDOE
  • Full time BCBA
  • Small group instruction
  • ABA-based instruction
  • Counseling services for students and families
  • A strong therapeutic focus
  • Data-based instruction and intervention
  • Social skills instruction
  • Ongoing program review
  • Curriculum that stresses academics, independence, social and communication skills
  • Community-based instruction
  • Extensive parent training and support
  • Opportunities to participate on athletic teams
  • Individualized transition planning and post-graduation placement
  • Frequent communication between school, home, and the referring district
  • An extended school year program
  • Mindfulness-based stress reduction
  • Job coaching, job placement and transition to higher education
  • School-wide positive behavior supports
  • Full time reading specialists
  • Wilson Certified Reading instructors
  • Telepsychiatry

Testimonials about Y.A.L.E. School Northfield

Mary Ann G.

Parent

“As a family, we feel blessed to have our 9-year-old attend Y.A.L.E. School. It has been such a pleasure. He is much calmer when “homework” time comes—the difference is beyond words. We never truly knew the role that special education could play in his success. Your finely-tailored program addresses his needs and then some. At times, he still needs redirection and those behaviors are met by the Y.A.L.E. School staff with encouragement and positive support. Also, your website offers tons of helpful suggestions for parents’ at-home use. Thank you for being a part of our lives.”

Tina C.

Parent

“My 14-year-old started struggling in school in fifth grade when he was put on many different medicines. He has had a roller coaster of moods and issues since. His old school was not understanding or helpful. Then he started Y.A.L.E. in eighth grade and it has been great! The staff is wonderful and go above and beyond to help my son stay in school and be successful. They keep me informed of how he is doing at all times and are very patient and understanding. He really likes everyone there and will continue at Y.A.L.E. through high school.”

Maria N.

Guardian

“My grandson has flourished at Y.A.L.E.! There are times when he gets upset but I feel especially this last year that his emotional needs have been met. He is growing into a positive young man and besides the home upbringing, rules and respect that he is expected to live up to, I truly feel the staff at Y.A.L.E. are definitely under appreciated for what they do for and with our children to help mold them into responsible citizens. Kudos to the Y.A.L.E. staff, all of whom are important — some who shine a little brighter for the extra effort. Thank you for allowing your kindness and teaching skills to touch not only my son’s life but our family’s as well.”

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