Welcome to Bogota Program

  • Students The Bogota Program, located at the Bogota Junior/Senior High School, educates 7th- and 8th-grade students who are academically challenged and require additional support in a mainstream general education environment. Assisting students with multiple disabilities, the Program focuses on developing educational and motivational strategies to best serve each student’s individualized academic and social needs. The Bogota Program offers self-contained special education classes and general education classes with in-class support, and is specifically designed to assist students in transitioning from self-contained classrooms to the least restrictive environment.

    The students in the Bogota Program face demands and academic and social challenges that make it difficult for them to succeed in a traditional general education setting. This program strives to continually strengthen the student’s academic abilities through individualized instruction, small group lessons, and one-to-one assistance while focusing on learning gaps, communication skills, and behavioral management.

    The Bogota Program's mission is to work collaboratively while integrating within a mainstream setting. The classroom offers cutting-edge technology which is incorporated into all interactive lesson planning. The Bogota setting offers a sense of security, community, and familiarity for the students as the gap between special education and general education grows smaller.

    In order to meet the needs of the students, Bergen County Special Services has supplied the Bogota Program with a full-time teacher and two paraprofessionals, as well as an array of support personnel that includes the following:

    • Computer Technology Specialist
    • Learning Consultant
    • School Psychologist
    • Student Assistance Counselors
    • Behavior Management Specialist
    • Teacher in Charge

A Message from the Principal

  • It is with great honor and enthusiasm that I introduce myself, Kelly Lopez, as the new Bergen County Special Services (BCSS) Principal.  I welcome the opportunity to serve the BCSS students and families.  I am fortunate to be working with dynamic staff members who are truly invested in the social, emotional and educational needs of our students.

    My passion for education has been enhanced over the past twenty years as a special education classroom teacher, learning-disabilities teacher consultant, and a special education supervisor.  In each of these roles I have worked to ensure that all students achieve both academic and emotional success.  I look forward to leading with this same dedication to our students.  It is evident that exceptional work is being done in the BCSS programs.  I plan on supporting that work with my experience as we look forward to our program’s continued growth.

    Thank you for allowing me to work with your children.  I look forwarding to meeting and collaborating with you throughout the school year. 

    Kelly Lopez

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