Campus Description

Y.A.L.E. School’s Cherry Hill campus, located near Route 38 in Camden County New Jersey serves students 5 to 21 years of age with one or a combination of social and learning disabilities, such as Asperger’s disorder (Asperger’s syndrome), specific learning disabilities, or emotional and/or social difficulties. Some students may have a clinical diagnosis of anxiety disorder, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (A.D.H.D.), mood, personality, and/or obsessive-compulsive disorders.

The Cherry Hill campus has an elementary/middle school and a high school, each housed in its own building. It is also home to the Standard 9: 21st Century Life and Career Skills transition concentration for students ages 17 – 21 whose IEPs require support and services in order to help prepare them for post-secondary education, work and independent living.

Y.A.L.E. School Cherry Hill Team Leaders:

Fred Gruber, M.Ed. – Assistant Director at Y.A.L.E. School’s Medford campus.

Fred joined the Y.A.L.E. School family of programs in 1985 as a teacher assistant and has been with the school since that time.

He earned his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and his master’s degree in special education from Antioch University. He served on the adjunct faculty at the College of New Jersey and served on the evaluation team for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

With more than three decades of experience working with students with disabilities in both self-contained and inclusive special education program, Fred is committed to data-driven instruction and intervention.

Karen Huber, M.S. – Admissions Director and Clinical Coordinator at Y.A.L.E. School’s Cherry Hill Campus.

Karen has been with Y.A.L.E. School since 2004.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology and women’s studies from San Francisco State University and a master’s degree in marriage, family, and child counseling from San Francisco State.  Karen is also certified as a New Jersey school social worker.

In addition to her professional work, Karen is the parent of an adult son with ASD. Personally committed to the field, Karen works to advance the diversity and opportunities for students with Asperger’s and other social learning disabilities.

Tara Copskey, M.A. – Principal at the Cherry Hill campus.

An educator with more than a decade of experience in special education, Tara joined the Y.A.L.E. family of schools in 2005.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education, and psychology from Immaculata University, and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Wilmington University.

Tara is responsible for the educational and behavioral progress of over 100 students, supervising a robust curriculum in all content areas. She is a special education professional who recognizes the importance of concrete data, collaboration, and fidelity to a stated plan.

Stephanie Jefferys  – Principal and Supervisor at Y.A.L.E. School’s Cherry Hill Campus.

A dedicated and resourceful educator, Stephanie began her career at Y.A.L.E. in 1997 as a teacher. Today, she supervises more than 40 staff, and oversees the campus’s school-wide system of positive behavioral supports.

Stephanie earned her undergraduate degree from Cabrini University, and her master’s degree in educational leadership from Wilmington University. She holds New Jersey certification as a principal, supervisor, and K-12 teacher of the handicapped.

She has specific expertise in program development, classroom management, project-based learning, differential lesson planning, curriculum development and implementation, and staff training and development.

The Cherry Hill campus offers:

  • Low student-to-staff ratio
  • Small classes limited to 12 students
  • Highly-qualified teachers
  • Small group instruction
  • ABA-based instruction
  • Data-based instruction and intervention
  • Curriculum stressing academics, independence, social & communication abilities, and school-to-work skills
  • Specialized reading assessments and interventions
  • Numerous electives, such as industrial arts, visual arts, and computers
  • Athletic teams in soccer, softball, and basketball
  • Frequent trips and activities in the community
  • Frequent communication between school, home, and the student’s home district
  • An extended school year program

Our Cherry Hill classrooms are fully equipped with state-of-the art learning technology, including computers for each student. The campus features a carpentry shop, a computer lab, a video-production studio, a school store, a full-sized gymnasium, and several athletics fields.

Y.A.L.E. School’s Cherry Hill campus is home base for several unique transition options. Learn more about our transition curriculum.

Testimonials about Y.A.L.E. School Cherry Hill

Dawn A.

Parent

“My son is in his 5th year at Y.A.L.E. School, and I know he wouldn’t be the person he is today without the help of their committed and caring staff. They go above and beyond with the teaching of citizenship, social skills, self-esteem, academics and transition skills. Thank you, Y.A.L.E.!”

DeAnn C.

Parent

“Y.A.L.E. School was instrumental in my son’s transitioning back into a public school environment. He felt safe, was able to socialize as well as participate in the sports programs offered. He will be graduating June 2015 with plans on attending college in the fall because of the skills he learned at the Mansfield Twp. & Cherry Hill campuses. Thank you for being a part of my son’s village.”

Diane G

Parent

“I am so thankful for the teachers and the staff at Y.A.L.E. School. They GET autism! My son is now blossoming playing sports and building long term friendships. He loves his school and so do I!”

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