Welcome to NOVA North
The NOVA North program, located at the Emerson Junior/Senior High School, educates students in grades seven through twelve who are academically capable but require support to handle a mainstream setting. NOVA North is an ideal setting for students who have had a variety of behavioral issues in the past, but have typically begun to develop insight into their behavior(s) by the time they enter this program. In school-level counseling, students continue to work on understanding their behaviors, substituting appropriate behaviors while finding and strengthening alternative coping mechanisms. Counseling is available to all NOVA students. The NOVA staff works with parents/guardians to ensure students are sucsessfull academically and socially.
The NOVA North program follows the Emerson Junior/Senior High School curriculum which is based upon the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards (NJCCCS), as well as each student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP)–mandated services and modifications. Students participate in all state-mandated testing. Progress is formally reported with quarterly report cards that reflect Emerson’s grading system, midterm exams, final exams, and two mid-marking period reports.
NOVA students may participate in internships in their junior and senior years. A NOVA guidance counselor will assist sudents with postsecondary planning.
Students begin interacting in the mainstream process by participating in physical education class, electives, lunch, and extracurricular activities. Effective communication between the Emerson High School staff and the NOVA staff helps to maintain an excellent relationship as everyone works toward a mutual goal—the students’ success.
A Message from the Principal
Welcome back to a wonderful and exiting 2017 -2018 school year! It is our hope that you have all enjoyed a relaxing and enjoyable summer. As summer draws to a close we commence into yet another year filled with academic wonder, stimulating lecture and state of the art technology. Our faculties are dedicated and committed in providing our students with supportive and challenging learning environments whereby each student has an opportunity to meet their academic, social and emotional needs.
BCSSSD offers many educational options. Whether self contained schools or working within a host sight in collaboration with other schools, we assure you the highest quality education. We continue to offer an array of special services and itinerant services that would best serve the needs of your child. Progressive and innovative staff continually strives to meet the individualized needs of our students by developing alternative strategies that are geared to personal success and to provide a student with the desire to learn and achieve. Faculty will be working on a number of initiatives including Robotics, integration of technology and emphasize on reading and writing in all content areas with our students.
We are excited to start another year and look forward in keeping in close communication with all of you. Remember the motto, “Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress and working together is success.” Let us all have a wonderful, successful, and safe 2017-2018 school year!