Garfield Park Academy

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Basic Information

Address: 24 Glenolden Lane Willingboro, New Jersey 08046
County: Burlington
Phone Number: 609-877-4111
Fax Number: 609-877-5551

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Additional Information

School Type: Special Education
Founded: 1992
Ages/Grades: K-12

Most of our students are placed by local school districts, in which case our program and services are offered at no cost to families. Garfield Park Academy also accepts students on private tuition.

Support Services:

Behavioral, emotional, individual, family, parental, & school district support is offered.

Camp Programs: Yes
After School Programs: Yes
Admissions Requirements:

Garfield Park Academy is open to students ages 5-21 who have emotional and/or learning problems.

We work closely with sending districts to help prepare students to return to public school services, whenever appropriate.

Mission Statement:

At Garfield Park Academy, we provide a positive, innovative approach to learning for students ages 5 -21 with emotional challenges or learning issues. The School’s therapeutic program, combined with traditional academics and preparation for college or the vocations enhances the chances of students with emotional and social challenges to succeed in an educational environment and in life!

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

Education... for a Lifetime. Effective, evidence-based special education for students with learning, social, emotional and behavioral challenges in a family-like environment.

School History:

Garfield Park Academy is a division of the Therapeutic Learning Center, Inc. In 1992, known only as The Therapeutic Learning Center (TLC), the school opened its doors and began accepting students in the beginning of 1993. Before long, enrollment jumped to 75 and more classrooms were rented from the Willingboro Township School District.

In 2000, the Therapeutic Learning Center successfully purchased the Garfield Park Elementary School and changed the School’s operating name to Garfield Park Academy. Since then, we have grown significantly, both in number of students and programs, including one of the most successful vocational programs in the state.

Notes/School Information:
With nearly 20 years of successful experience providing therapeutic educational services to children with disabilities, Garfield’s program integrates a wide array of clinical services:
  • Intensive individual counseling
  • Daily group counseling
  • Family counseling
  • Stress management
  • Clinical social work services
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Equine therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Neuro/biofeedback
  • Psychiatric interventions
  • Psychiatric diagnostic evaluations

GPA offers a school-wide behaviorally-based program, The Teaching Family Model, to help provide emotional and behavioral support to our students, as well as address problem behaviors as they arise. This evidence-based program has been adapted and successfully implemented in the school setting.

With a social worker in each classroom, we provide intensive individual and group counseling, case management, and family support / family counseling.

In addition, we offer many individualized programs and services to our students. Students might be taught specific relaxation and other stress control techniques by clinically trained teachers, using evidence-based technologies. Or they may participate in specific play activities that, while fun, are designed to address specific behavioral and emotional needs.

Students may also be assessed and participate in our Biofeedback and Neurofeedback program. This program, which uses very sophisticated computer hardware and game-based software, provides additional support to help them develop greater self-awareness and self-control.

Garfield Park Academy offers several therapeutic program activities to facilitate emotional growth and learning.

Our Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Program prompts participants to use non-verbal communication skills, novel forms of assertiveness, creative thinking and more as they problem solve.

Art Therapy and Music Therapy are also provided for those students who either have interests or talents, or as a way to productively channel emotional experiences. The students may also participate in school-wide projects, and community-based activities where they can show off their talents.

Speech and Language therapy, as well as Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy are provided by accredited and licensed professional staff when the students IEP calls for those services.