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 to the 2022-2023 school year.  We are looking forward to a school year filled with opportunities to provide our students with experiences that will influence their social, emotional and academic growth.  Based out of Emerson Junior/Senior High School, the Nova North Program’s focus is to provide our 7th-12th grade students with a traditional middle school and high school experience.  This is achieved by providing our students with the academic, therapeutic and behavioral supports they may need to be successful.   Due to the school setting, many opportunities are available to our students.  These opportunities may include mainstreaming, utilizing technology to help meet academic goals, securing an internship, and support for post-secondary planning. 

    At Nova North, we pride ourselves on the ability to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to navigate life after high school.  Therefore, my staff members work closely with students, families and local districts to assure transition goals are implemented and achieved.  It is evident from Nova North Alumni success stories that exceptional work is being done at the BCSS Nova North Program. 

    We are looking forward to another successful school year as we continue to support the needs of all of our students.

    Kelly Lopez

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