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Academic Programs at Westbridge Academy

Westbridge Academy students on computers with teacher - special education Bloomfield NJ

“Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.”

– Chinese proverb

Full and robust curriculum modified to accommodate individual student needs

We provide a full and robust school curriculum that is aligned with New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards (NJCCCS), yet accommodate individual students who have special needs.  We manage this important balance in several ways.  Combining academic instruction with a school-wide social skills training program, emotional/behaviorial counseling and small classroom settings allow our teachers to provide individual support for each student.  Instructional lessons are taught in smaller “bites” over a longer period of time.  As a result, students can fill in gaps in their education and learn at a more reasonable pace.

Creating lifelong readers

Reading is another important element of the Westbridge Academy education.  Our goal is to create lifelong readers by integrating reading in all areas of study and by exposing student readers to more than just textbooks.  At the elementary level, we naturally focus on learning how to read.  By the time students reach high school, students are exposed to a comprehensive language arts program that includes writing and critical thinking.

Student Passport provides a complete picture of student performance

Teacher with students in group instruction - Special Education Bloomfiled NJWhile a letter grade in math or science is useful for understanding a student’s level of knowledge relative to other students, letter grades cannot capture a student’s sense of self or well-being, their desire to learn, or their emotional and social challenges, which are so critical to success in school.  This is why Westbridge Academy has developed the Student Passport, a comprehensive approach to assess students, which is used by instructional and support staff, including teachers, social workers, parents and representatives from the school district.

The Student Passport includes ten sections that provide a comprehensive assessment of the student’s progress and emotional make-up, including:

  • Learning styles
  • Interests
  • Behavioral progress and goals
  • State testing results
  • Disciplinary issues and remediation
  • Academic progress
  • Samples of student work

If a report card is a snapshot, the Student Passport is more like a movie that includes the “hows and whys.”  Because the Student Passport is useful for showing the school districts how the child has improved, it plays a crucial role in IEP (Individualized Education Plans) meetings in which robust and timely information can help shape a successful path for the student.