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OUR SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS

Ridgewood Special Programs supports students, teachers and parents in our community to address the diverse needs of students through a variety of programs so that they can access the curriculum to improve academically, socially and emotionally. As a result, we have developed specialized programs that are tailored to the specific needs of our students.

RED Program

The Ridgewood Early Development (RED) Program offers a comprehensive educational experience for a child who has been identified as a preschool disabled student, ages 3-5. The areas of focus for skill development are within the social, motor, cognitive, and communication domains.  
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LLD PROGRAM

The Language Learning Disabilities (LLD) Program  is designed to meet the individual needs to students with language and/or learning disabilities, such as Communication Impairment and Specific Learning Disabilities. It is a specialized program where students receive intensive interventions in the areas of language and/or learning to support all content areas based on state curriculum standards. Strategies utilized in the classroom support the development of both expressive and receptive language skills, as well as focus on the comprehension of written language.

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SAIL PROGRAM

The Strategic Actions for Innovative Learning (SAIL) Program  is a self-contained class for students with global developmental delays. Academics, which are based on the state curriculum standards, are infused with functional life skills to support the growth of students. The students are taught through a multi-sensory approach to learning while reinforcing language and motor skills through an integrated model. Students experience Community Based Instruction to enhance their developmental skills.
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RISe PROGRAM

The Ridgewood Intensive Services (RISe) Program  is a self-contained class designed for students who demonstrate needs consistent with those on the autistic spectrum. The classroom is a highly structured, one-to-one and/or small group setting, which utilizes a comprehensive ABA learning approach to support mastery and generalization of learned skills. Students receive positive behavioral support to foster a strong foundation for good classroom work habits and appropriate social behaviors. The program is supported by District behaviorists.
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NOVA PROGRAM

The Ridgewood NOVA Program is a self-contained class designed for students who are dysregulated emotionally/behaviorally.  Students' needs are met through a comprehensive system of highly-structured learning  and therapeutic environments designed to ensure that students fully benefit from instruction, and learn how to make appropriate decisions and effectively solve problems.  The NOVA program is designed to provide an emotionally safe and secure, structured environment with a strong student/staff ratio that provides support and preparation to enable students to function more successfully in a mainstream school setting.  The program is supported by the Bergen County Special Services (BCSS) Emotional & Behavioral Disabilities Staff.    BCCS Logo

RIDGEWOOD INTENSIVE THERAPEUTIC SUPPORTS

Ridgewood Intensive Therapeutic Supports (RITS) is a school-based counseling program that provides direct support to students and families. Therapists utilize a variety of effective models to develop skills and strategies to make personal growth. The program is designed to collaborate with school personnel and therapeutic services are conducted in the student’s school building. The counselors are professionals experienced in youth development, therapy and case management. Currently, the district is partnered with CarePlus of NJ to provide the therapists and, therefore, parents have access the complete wrap-up care through CarePlus, a fully-licensed and accredited mental health care organization.


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