• The South Bergen Jointure Commission is accredited by the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS) using the Achieving Excellence System-Wide protocol. The SBJC underwent a three-year self-study process that involved multiple levels of school and district committee work centered on improving our delivery of services to students with extraordinary needs.

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  • Through this accreditation process, the SBJC has developed a strategic plan that will drive all of our district initiatives around one unifying purpose: unlocking the potential of every student in order for them to live full and independent lives. This plan will allow us to achieve a laser-like focus on meeting each and every one of our students’ individual goals, in addition to building a model of collaboration and voice-and-choice. Below are the four objectives of our strategic plan.

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    Objective 1. Least Restrictive Environment

    The vision of the SBJC is centered on ensuring that our students are given the tools needed to live successful post-scholastic lives, and the first step in measuring that this is occurring is by developing a system that makes certain that our students are learning in their least restrictive environment (LRE). The SBJC LRE team has produced a Continuum Tool that will allow for the district to take a system-wide approach in identifying the proper placement for the education of our students.

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    Objective 2. Professional Development

    This plan will provide the district with direction in establishing the use of a model that supports the professional growth of our faculty and staff. The plan focuses on the use of data to drive the selection of professional development offerings, and will also focus on improving the training model we use for all of our new hires.

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    Objective 3. Communication

    It is our goal to establish a system of effective communication for both our internal and external stakeholder groups. This communication plan will establish a system that continuously analyzes data from surveys and other sources to assess our current status and improve upon our weaknesses in channeling information. It will also help us to develop skills within one of the most important and untapped assets of our learning community: our SBJC families. We’ll look to increase parent engagement through the sharing of opportunities, training, support services, and district resources.

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    Objective 4. Functional Living Skills

    This objective was developed in order to maximize the opportunities students have to both learn and generalize skills that promote their independence post-scholastically. We’ll look to expand programming in the following areas: Independent Living Skills; Social/Emotional Skills; Functional Communication Skills; Community-Based Living Skills.

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Interested in joining a committee?

  • Any faculty, staff, or family member interested in joining one of our strategic planning committees can reach out to our internal coordinators at:

    Ashley Vaughan
    Internal Coordinator
    201-393-0475 ext. 242

    Shane Miller
    Internal Coordinator
    201-393-0475 ext. 246

  • Click here to read SBJC's Middle States Self Study, Achieving Excellence Systemwide