New Beginnings Academy offers engaging research-based academic and social-emotional supports to NBA students so they can develop the skills needed for success.
ACADEMIC INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM
Each student has an Individualized Educational Program or 504 plan from which the educational program is developed. Classroom programs for students follow a continuum of standards-based learning, with goals and expectations set individually for each student.
New Beginnings Academy offers a curriculum that includes digital platforms, small group instruction, and experiential learning to foster the students’ competence, critical thinking, social and civic skills necessary to reach their fullest potential in the classroom and in life.
21st CENTURY LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
Preparing NBA students for an increasing technological and interactive society is a core component of the New Beginnings Academy Instructional Program. Highlights of our innovative program include:
- 1:1 Technology
- Virtual Reality (VR) Stations
- Digital Learning Platforms
- Robotics Lab
- Music Recording Studio
- Music Keyboarding Lab
- Interactive Smartboards
- SMART KAPPS
- Optimized Furniture Design
EMOTIONAL AND BEHAVIORAL PROGRAM
Our program serves students with social-emotional and behavioral challenges that impact their day-to-day functioning. Given their developmental level and needs, NBA provides additional layers of structure, supervision, and support to make sure their social, emotional, behavioral, and academic needs are met and student social-emotional competencies are developed.
Our students receive instruction in classes with a maximum of 10 students to 1 teacher and 1 teacher assistant. Emphasis is placed on providing engaging instructional that caters to the various learning styles. A highly structured environment provides a safe environment for students to develop academically, socially, and emotionally.
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL INTERVENTIONS
New Beginnings Academy offers individualized services provided by social workers, and behaviorists to support student SEL needs. In addition, NBA utilizes evidence-based systems to promote student social-emotional outcomes including:
- Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) – a needs assessment that supports screening, progress monitoring, intervention planning and outcomes evaluations based on students’ social-emotional competencies.
- Devereux Safe and Positive Approaches to Responding to Crisis – a crisis prevention and intervention program to promote staff knowledge and competence to prevent, defuse and manage crisis situations.
Social work services, behavior therapy, speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, and are embedded in the classroom program. All staff works collaboratively to address the needs and goals appropriate to each student.
COMPREHENSIVE REINTEGRATION PROGRAM
New Beginnings Academy understands successful reintegration from the NBA to the student’s home school is a critical factor to student success. To facilitate this process, a Reintegration Specialist serves as a key member of the IEP / 504 Team to coordinate services based on student need.
Unique to the NBA Reintegration program is support that extends beyond a students’ enrollment at the academy. Depending on student needs, NBA Reintegration Specialists provide post-NBA enrollment support at the student’s home school that can include: social/emotional behaviors support within the home school settings, one-on-one assistance to support academic support to reacclimate the student to the school curriculum, climate and culture.
Our Autism Program serves children ages 3 to 11 who live with moderate autism. The program is based on student-centered, social-emotional learning with an emphasis on developing student competencies in self-regulation, effective interpersonal interactions, and communication skills. NBA blends multiple methodologies based on each student’s unique needs to implement an effective educational strategy including:
- ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) principles: uses monitoring and positive reinforcement or prompting to teach each step of a behavior.
- DIR/Floortime (Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-based Model): addresses developmental disorders based on “affect” for communication. Provides techniques for building a child’s emotional reciprocity and engagement.
- PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System): uses images to reference and communicate actions.