Education
The YCS Educational Division
The YCS Educational Division serves students, grades K – 12,and ages 5 – 21, with diverse behavioral issues in three schools in Bergen and Essex counties. Classified students come to the YCS schools through Child Study Team referrals or residential placements when a structured program is needed.

YCS teachers and administrators have developed a unique educational system where students gain emotional awareness and social competence, while developing the cognitive abilities necessary for success.

At each school, the academic environment is highly task-oriented. Class sizes are small and individual attention assures the success necessary to develop healthy self-esteem. We believe that each student has unique capabilities that can be developed when given the proper setting. Therefore, our students are encouraged to develop their abilities in gym, art, creative writing and music instruction.

The clinical component of the schools is a vital part of our program. Each child is assigned a therapist with whom he/she will meet individually and/or in group as per the Individual Education Plan (IEP). The clinician, in an effort to maximally serve each child, maintains frequent contact with family and any outside agency or service. Individualized and group treatments improve socialization skills, foster more appropriate behavior and responses, and promote self-awareness and personal competency.

Our program is implemented through a behavioral model, in which positive and negative behaviors are clearly delineated and rewards and consequences are consistent and fair.

The special education program that YCS offers in New Jersey could easily serve as a model for all education. The innovative approach to teaching attracts dedicated teachers who, in turn, create the right environment for educating children with special needs.

For More Information, Please Contact
Ruth Ann Hunt
VP,YCS Educational Services
201-944-6608

Autism Services

The YCS-Sawtelle Learning Center in Montclair offers outstanding educational and related services for students with autistic spectrum disorder, ages 3-21. The schools offer a high degree of structure, excellent staff to student ratio and the systematic use of behavioral teaching techniques. Every aspect of the student’s day incorporates the theories of applied behavior analysis (ABA) with an average of 3-3.5 hours of individualized instruction (discrete trial teaching) per day. A collaborative approach between teaching and related service professionals is utilized to maximize student progress. Educational, behavioral and related service goals are customized using our comprehensive language based curriculum to meet each student’s individual needs.

YCS Sawtelle has an annex in the Kearny School District

Key Components of YCS Education

  • High behavior expectations
  • Academic excellence
  • Learning centers for individualized instruction
  • Well-integrated therapy components
  • Structured environment

Acknowledging Success

Weekly behavior honor rolls, Student of the Month awards, and “token economy”  awards are examples of some of the many ways students who have achieved their goals are recognized.

Each year, the YCS Education Division sponsors the YCS Blossoms Art Exhibition and Awards Presentation. The art work displayed from students at all our schools includes, paintings and drawings in mixed mediums, photography, sculptures, masks, collages, weavings from individual students and larger free standing group projects and videos. A combined student choir also performs.

The event is hosted by Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood. Students are nominated by their teachers for awards and one high school senior receives a tuition stipend for post high school studies.