Academy360 Lower School
One Sunset Ave.County:Essex
Verona, NJ 07044Year Established:1963

Executive Director:Ken Bergerkberger@spectrum360.org
Assistant Director:Danielle Taylordtaylor@spectrum360.org
Principal:Charles Frickcfrick@spectrum360.org
Assistant Principal:Tara Hayekthayek@spectrum360.org

Type of Program/Services:We serve individuals with autism spectrum disorder, behavioral and related disabilities. We also provide a STEAM initiative from Pre-K through High School for students on the spectrum and related disabilities who are near, at or above grade level but who are not flourishing in their current placement due to issues such as anxiety, bullying, executive functioning, etc.

Services Include:Instruction in Pre-School, Elementary and Secondary Behavioral Disorder and Autistic Programs. Secondary classes offer a continuum from self-contained to departmentalized classrooms. Academic instruction is supplemented with therapeutic supports such as individual and group counseling, implementation of BCBA behavioral intervention plans, social and life skills training, speech and language interventions, physical and occupational therapy, and parent education program with home visitation. Students learn independence and engage the wider community through community-based instruction, after school programs and weekend respites. Music, art and physical education programs, 1-to-1 computer technology program and more. Our goal is to provide a typical school environment with the supports students need to succeed and prepare for the next stage of their education.

Full-time staff:130Part-time staff:10

Classes Offered/Disabilites Served:Preschool Disabled; Autism; Behavioral Disabilities
Age Range:3-15
Counties Served:Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Union, Warren
Number of Students/Clients:114
Number of Classes (if school):16
Grade Range:Pre-K-8th grade, 9th grade transition program
Length of School/Program Year:10 months and Extended School Year Program
Private Students/Clients accepted:Yes
Scholarships available:No

Mission Statement:Our mission is to provide the highest quality educational and therapeutic programs for individuals with learning, language and social/emotional challenges to achieve their maximum potential as responsible adults in society; recognize and value the individuals’ unique abilities, learning styles and differences; and serve as a leader in promoting innovative educational programs.