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Beyond Academics

The SCESC is a warm nurturing environment.  We are committed to making sure each student reaches their potential.  We respect differences and try to tap into students’ strengths.  We hold high expectations and standards for students and believe in a consistent, positive and respectful approach to making lasting, meaningful behavior changes in our students.


The SCESC follows the New Jersey Student Learning Standards and includes English language arts, math, science, social studies, health and physical education, world language, the arts, and career readiness, life literacies, and key skills.


Learning Lab Descriptions

Supermarket Careers Program

Students will be trained for entry-level supermarket and retail positions by working in a supermarket learning lab and store located onsite at the Career Center. Created by ShopRite in 1988, the program has received local, state, and national awards, including the Secretary of Education’s Award, which is the highest honor available for these outstanding programs.

Power Equipment & Small Engine Technology        

Students will learn how to repair and maintain equipment powered by small engines, such as tractors, generators, and motorcycles. Students will develop skills in using hand tools, operating four stroke engines, and completing various vehicle repairs. Advanced students will learn to troubleshoot problems involving two-stroke theory, ignitions/fuel, and engine compression. Emphasis will be placed on safety orientation throughout the program.

Combined Building Trades Program

Students will gain “hands-on” experience learning wood framing, plumbing, electrical, masonry, drywall applications, and more, all of which are integrated into the same program. Students learning targets will include safe and effective use of various hand and power tools, following building plans (blue prints), and building an actual structure within our facility in a team approach.

Culinary Arts Program


Students will be provided with hands-on instruction in a newly constructed culinary kitchen. The program is focused on a variety of aspects of the culinary field, including food safety and sanitation, nutrition, food preparation, cooking techniques, and equipment operation and maintenance.

Life Skills Program

This program offers students, grades K-12+, crucial independence skills that will facilitate their transition from school to life. Learned skills include personal/social, hygiene, cooking, clothing care, and functional academics.

(Programs available in 3 eighty minute sessions:  Morning, Midday, and Afternoon

Students will be eligible to earn elective credits)

For more information please contact:

Principal: Dr. Paul C. Rafalowski

Office:      (908) 707-0070 ext. 100

Fax:          (908) 707-2440

Email:      [email protected]