The Secondary Program is open to students between the ages of 14 and 21 and was developed in direct response to the need for improved transition programming for students age 14 and above. While there are many new programs and approaches that have been developed across the country in response to this need for improved transition programming, Kingsway has been providing these types of services for over 12 years and is a recognized leader in the field. Kingsway is proud of the fact that we have enjoyed partnerships with over 60 local, regional and national businesses in the provision of these services, usually operating approximately 25 sites at any given time. These partnerships offer over 200 community-based experiences each week.
To meet those needs, a comprehensive array of academic and therapeutic services are provided which facilitate each student’s successful transition to an active post-secondary life. Utilizing both school-based career simulations and authentic vocational sites developed in partnership with community businesses, highly individualized programs are created using a functional approach to academic and pre-vocational achievement. Academic and therapeutic goals and objectives are developed together with the student and parent, and services are delivered in an integrated model by a highly collaborative team of professionals. Services are delivered based on principles of contextual learning, which recognize that learning is enhanced by participation in structured experiences that blend teaching skills and knowledge acquisition in both classroom and community-based settings.
Instruction and experience alone are not enough however. An active and effective transition planning process is a critical component at this stage of the educational experience. Kingsway staff, led by our Social Workers and Transition Coordinators, have been recognized for their achievements in this area. Here again, transition planning has finally come to the forefront of national and state initiatives, but Kingsway has been providing these services for over a decade with a student-centered and results oriented approach.
In addition to this baseline level of programming and service provision, Kingsway also offer a wide variety of extracurricular activities at the Secondary Level of programming. Both after-school and evening recreational activities are provided seasonally, we offer an extensive Special Olympics Program that also bridges over to our graduate student community and includes such sports as soccer, basketball, floor hockey, bowling and bocce. In addition, our Home and School Association sponsors a variety of activities including theme-oriented dances for upper classmen and graduates of the program.
The student’s home school district is responsible for the payment of Kingsway’s tuition and no cost is borne by the parent for Kingsway services. There are situations where a child requires additional services in the home and the Kingsway Social Worker will assist the family in establishing those services. The Social Worker will also assist the family in navigating their way through the funding of those services, whether through private insurance, Medicaid or, in very unique situations, the home district.
At this point, parents not yet part of the Kingsway family begin to actively question a public school district’s programming for this vital transitional period. Given every public district’s need to focus on academic achievement, Kingsway is just as often contacted by district personnel for help with this beyond the typical 12th grade timeframe. Working in partnership with your home school district, Kingsway staff can ensure that our expertise can be offered even in these final years of educational eligibility. You may access that expertise by contacting Lynda Altadonna at (856) 234-4442. Ms. Altadonna can also arrange a program tour for you and provide an initial opportunity to meet KLC Secondary Program staff.