Curriculum & Instruction
At Hawkswood School, we employ research and evidence-based academic instruction and behavioral interventions — including Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) – as our educational framework. Data is collected daily and regularly reviewed to ensure progress is all areas of learning — academic, communication, social, life skills, and behavioral.
Our developmentally appropriate curriculum is aligned with New Jersey’s Core Curriculum Content Standards and the Common Core, and is designed to maximize each student’s language, social, emotional, cognitive, and physical potential in all aspects of daily life.
Like all students in New Jersey, students at Hawkswood receive instruction in:
- Language Arts – Literature
- Social Studies
- Visual and Performing Arts
- Health and Physical Education
- Career Education
- Consumer, Family, and Life Skills
Using the State-required Core Curriculum Content Standards and Common Core as a framework for instruction, we consider each child’s individual goals and objectives to ensure that all learning is useful to the student, and helps him or her become more independent and self-reliant.
“I have taught special education in many other places and can say that Hawkswood is truly different: Here, administrators, teachers, therapists and paraprofessionals all work as a collaborative team, and it makes a huge a difference in the results we see.”
–Hawkswood speech therapist
Hawkswood provides related services in accordance with each child’s IEP, including:
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
- Speech and language therapy
- Transitional services
- Health services within a collaborative teaching model
- Social Work
Related Services are provided directly in ALL school environments. Licensed therapists are integral members of our teaching teams in the classroom and throughout the educational environment to enhance generalization of skills.
Our teams of teachers, therapists and instructional aides meet weekly to review individual student gains and classroom goals, and make any necessary modifications to the student’s program that might enhance growth and development.