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Park Lake School

Public | K-12 & ungraded | 40 students

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Posted May 27, 2014

Park Lake School is an amazing school that really helps not just the kids, but even the parents of Special needs children. The school has a vibrant PTA, does an awesome dinner dance, and is able to really help kids. The districts try to keep kids, but fight to get your child in this school, its better than what any district can offer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2013

The summer program at Park Lake School is great, and keeps kids with Special Needs busy for the extended school year. They go on weekly trips, they enjoyed swimming, and they enjoyed walking trips. Park Lake School is dedicated to kids with special needs, and I am very happy with the exteneded year program
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2013

This is a wonderful school with a group of fabulous teachers, para professionals and therapists. The new principal is a joy to work with - very open and easy to talk to. My son absolutely loves it at Park Lake and we are very pleased with the program. Like any school, it takes active involvement to make sure the program is appropriately tailored for your child, but at Park Lake we all work together as a team. As a parent, you can't ask for anything else - to be listened to and heard is a beautiful thing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2009

This school is outstanding for autistic and developmentally disabled students. They have an awesome summer program, which runs for 6 weeks.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 6, 2008

I am the Grandmother of a soon-to-be 5th grade student at Park Lake. I live out of state so my daughter and son-in-law keep me posted on my granddaughter's progress. She was transferred to Park Lake last year and has blossomed socially and in all other aspects of her life. She has Autism. Rather than regressing, she is doing so well...I have such hope! God bless the staff and all auxiliary personnel for all that you do for our children!


Posted July 1, 2008

Great school, great district great teachers, kids will definitely benefit from the program! Only downfall is the nasty principal. She treats her staff terribly-once she goes Park Lake will be the perfect school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2008

This school takes the word disabled out of a child's vocabulary. The teachers are incredible as is all the staff. The children have wonderful activities both on school property and off. Each day is a celebration. The education that these children get far surpasses any other disabled facility I visited as a parent. I can not say enough about all they do as teachers, caregivers, friends, and everything else a child needs whether disabled or typical. The parents are well taken care of too. Absolutely outstanding!
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 86% 51%
Hispanic 14% 22%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 9%
Black 0% 16%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 8%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Multiple disabilities
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:45 am
School end time
  • 2:30 pm
School Leader's name
  • Marci Spadafora
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Individually based instruction
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Special education
  • Vocational education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Multiple disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Transportation options
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Karate
Girls sports
  • Karate

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Singers & Signers
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
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  • Park Lake is a long term and short term solution for students who need a different environment to grow, flourish, and prepare for life in the mainstream, whether in the public school milieu or in the community.
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72 Academy Street
Rockaway, NJ 07866
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Phone: (973) 983-1099

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