The South Bergen Jointure Commission is a school district whose classrooms are not defined by walls and whose students are not defined by their classifications.

    Our vision centers on establishing a formalized system that ensures the federal mandate of Least Restrictive Environment is being best achieved, and our goal as an educational institution is to prepare our students for independent living following their completion of our program. We know that it is only through the collective efforts of our key stakeholders—board members, faculty, staff, students, parents, partners, and our communities—that we’ll be able to achieve this vision and goal.

    We serve as a lead agency for the purposes of creating consortiums or cooperative enterprises. The SBJC provides services to participating school districts with an emphasis on shared services in the following areas:

    Special Education Classrooms ● Curriculum ● Outreach & Related Services ● Transportation ● Professional Development ● Home Programming ● Students Transitioning to Adult Responsibilities ● Extended School Year

    The SBJC is accredited by the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. Read more about it here.

  • Special Education Classes
    The South Bergen Jointure Commission provides supportive and challenging classroom environments for children of varying special needs, from 3 to 21 years old. We support students with diverse classifications, including pre-school disabled, autism, multiply disabled, and emotional regulation impairment, across two main campuses (Maywood and Lodi) and several annexes (Moonachie, South Hackensack, Garfield, Felician University’s Lodi Campus, and Lyndhurst).

    The South Bergen Jointure works to maintain a balance of academic instruction that addresses the specific goals and objectives outlined in each student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and is aligned with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) as appropriate.

    Outreach and Related Services
    The South Bergen Jointure Commission employs various related services providers to deliver supportive services to students within our district and participating districts.

    As a state approved Coordinating Transportation Services Agency (CTSA), the South Bergen Jointure Commission provides coordination of transportation for Bergen County School Districts at a cost savings per district. Our Board Office location serves as the central office for receipt of all transportation requests from participating districts. Transportation is coordinated and/or arranged for special education, regular education, and non-public school children. The SBJC presently services the member districts with over 500 routes, and public, non-public, and special education transportation are coordinated to maximize the vehicles use on each route, including athletic and field trips.

  • Home Programming
    The aim of the SBJC Home Program is to instruct students in becoming productive, independent members of their family and community. Home Programming emphasizes collaborating with students and their families to cultivate and apply skills in their natural environment. The SBJC Home Program supports families and caregivers by implementing proven techniques from the school day that have demonstrated success for their child. Employing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) strategies to teach skills and manage behaviors, all home programming is data-driven and continuously evaluated to inform future programming.

    Students Transitioning to Adult Responsibilities
    The SBJC STAR Program is for students aged 18-21 who have fulfilled the mandated requirements for high school graduation. The STAR Program's primary objective is to facilitate a successful transition from high school to adulthood, empowering students to become active members of society and the workforce. Under the guidance of teachers, paraprofessionals, job coaches, and therapists, students have the opportunity to explore the local community. This program incorporates community-based instructional and training sessions, allowing students to participate in the Work-Based Learning Program. Eligible students also receive information for application to the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and DDD.

    Extended School Year
    The SBJC can provide Extended School Year to support students in maintaining the academic, social/behavioral, communication, or other skills that they have learned as part of their Individualized Education Program (IEP). Determination for ESY services is made by the student's CST at the child's annual review meeting. ESY often takes place throughout the four weeks in the month of July, with school hours adjusted by campus. Teachers, paraprofessionals, and related services are continued through the month of July.