Jean M. Manfra School

Willowglen Academy - New Jersey’s Jean M. Manfra School is an educational program that is funded by the New Jersey Department of Education (DOE).


It is an approved private special education school, serving individuals ages 5-21, dealing with emotional, intellectual, developmental, mental health, and behavioral challenges. The small, self-contained classrooms have a high ratio of educational staff to students, allowing for a truly unique program for each and every student. Our overall purpose is to help all students grow to their full potential in all aspects of their lives by providing an environment that is educational, therapeutic, and supportive while fostering a culture of hope, safety, trust and opportunity.


The school operates in a self-contained format emphasizing functional academic and daily living skills instruction and social, emotional and intellectual growth, prevocational training and language/communication development. Dedicated, trained and professional staff members lead and direct the program services through a multidisciplinary and team approach.


  • Individualized Education Plans
  • Core Curriculum Content Standards
  • Daily living skills
  • Communication and Social skills
  • Community Integration
  • Personal and Social Awareness
  • Cognitive and Behavioral Functioning Supports
  • Economic self sufficiency
  • Prevocational Training and job sampling
  • School Therapy and Related Services (as determined by IEP)
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Speech Therapy
    • Physical Therapy
    • Social Skills groups
    • Individual, Family or Group Therapy
    • Counseling
  • Extended School Year

Instruction is tailored to meet the needs of each individual student and the requirements of their IEP. As we work toward each student’s individual goals, we help to establish an understanding of themselves, reduce and eliminate unsafe or unhealthy behaviors, establish confidence in their abilities and provide guidance to make positive choices.


Students learn responsibility by holding jobs in their classroom and around the school. Smartboards in every classroom allow for a daily school news broadcast done by the students, including weather, current events, a day in history and other important information.


Vocational rooms inside the school provide an area for students to do job sampling and life skill activities such as cooking, laundry, cleaning, sorting, stocking, shopping, recycling, delivery and inventory.


Transitional Prevocational Educational Options


Transitional 12+ Program
 

For students age 18-21, Willowglen Academy - New Jersey offers a Transitional 12+ program to provide a higher level of career exploration, vocational activities, and community socialization. Students experience exposure to career awareness by participating in field trips, job sampling, volunteering in the community and participation in the 12+ Transitional program. Each classroom has a different level of involvement and training based on the skills and goals of each individual student.


While planning for students to transition from a program or graduate, clinicians and our educational team will assist and help coordinate registration with the NJ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS), the Division of Developmental Disabilities, and other agencies as requested by students or guardians.


For more information about Jean M. Manfra School please contact:

Scott Allshouse
Principal

scott@willowglen-nj.com

P 973.579.3758

6 Gail Court
Sparta, NJ 07871

For general inquiries please email us at:
contactNJ@willowglen-nj.com

Jean M. Manfra School

Willowglen Academy - New Jersey’s Jean M. Manfra School is an educational program that is funded by the New Jersey Department of Education (DOE).


It is an approved private special education school, serving individuals ages 5-21, dealing with emotional, intellectual, developmental, mental health, and behavioral challenges. The small, self-contained classrooms have a high ratio of educational staff to students, allowing for a truly unique program for each and every student. Our overall purpose is to help all students grow to their full potential in all aspects of their lives by providing an environment that is educational, therapeutic, and supportive while fostering a culture of hope, safety, trust and opportunity.


The school operates in a self-contained format emphasizing functional academic and daily living skills instruction and social, emotional and intellectual growth, prevocational training and language/communication development. Dedicated, trained and professional staff members lead and direct the program services through a multidisciplinary and team approach.


  • Individualized Education Plans
  • Core Curriculum Content Standards
  • Daily living skills
  • Communication and Social skills
  • Community Integration
  • Personal and Social Awareness
  • Cognitive and Behavioral Functioning Supports
  • Economic self sufficiency
  • Prevocational Training and job sampling
  • School Therapy and Related Services (as determined by IEP)
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Speech Therapy
    • Physical Therapy
    • Social Skills groups
    • Individual, Family or Group Therapy
    • Counseling
  • Extended School Year

Instruction is tailored to meet the needs of each individual student and the requirements of their IEP. As we work toward each student’s individual goals, we help to establish an understanding of themselves, reduce and eliminate unsafe or unhealthy behaviors, establish confidence in their abilities and provide guidance to make positive choices.


Students learn responsibility by holding jobs in their classroom and around the school. Smartboards in every classroom allow for a daily school news broadcast done by the students, including weather, current events, a day in history and other important information.


Vocational rooms inside the school provide an area for students to do job sampling and life skill activities such as cooking, laundry, cleaning, sorting, stocking, shopping, recycling, delivery and inventory.


Transitional Prevocational Educational Options


Transitional 12+ Program
 

For students age 18-21, Willowglen Academy - New Jersey offers a Transitional 12+ program to provide a higher level of career exploration, vocational activities, and community socialization. Students experience exposure to career awareness by participating in field trips, job sampling, volunteering in the community and participation in the 12+ Transitional program. Each classroom has a different level of involvement and training based on the skills and goals of each individual student.


While planning for students to transition from a program or graduate, clinicians and our educational team will assist and help coordinate registration with the NJ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS), the Division of Developmental Disabilities, and other agencies as requested by students or guardians.


For more information about Jean M. Manfra School please contact:

Scott Allshouse
Principal

scott@willowglen-nj.com

P 973.579.3758

6 Gail Court
Sparta, NJ 07871

For general inquiries please email us at:
contactNJ@willowglen-nj.com