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Paramus, New Jersey
Bergen County
Bergen County Special Services School District
Autistic is a public school located in Paramus, New Jersey with 209 students in grades Pre-K-12.
Highly individualized applied behavior analysis teaching methodologies
State of the art technology resources for students and faculty members
Full range of instructional venues, i.e., classroom, home, community, employers

The Autism Continuum has been the recipient of recognition and several grants for special student projects conducted in collaboration with local communities. Additionally, the program has received positive evaluations by outside consultants in the field of autism and applied behavior analysis.

540 Farview Avenue
Paramus, NJ 07652
Principal: Ms. Sandra Melicharek
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White 39%
Black 12%
Asian 16%
Hispanic 32%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 1%
Multiracial 0%
School size
Female 21.5%
Male 78.5%
Economically disadvantaged students 22%
Students with disabilities 100%
English learners 1%
Homeless students 1%
Students in foster care 0%
Military-connected students 0%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
Grade Percent of total students Students
Pre-K 1%
Kindergarten 3%
1st Grade 4%
2nd Grade 3%
3rd Grade 5%
4th Grade 6%
5th Grade 11%
6th Grade 7%
7th Grade 5%
8th Grade 6%
9th Grade 10%
10th Grade 10%
11th Grade 10%
12th Grade 20%
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English 76.1%
Spanish 15.3%
Other 5.3%
Korean 1.4%
Bengali 1.0%
Arabic 1.0%
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Learn more about Autistic.


The mission and vision of the Autism Continuum mirrors that of the district as a whole, that is, to effectively address the unique social, emotional, physical, intellectual and career needs of students by creating positive, stimulating, and encouraging learning environments in schools, homes, and communities.


The Autism continuum provides its students with highly individualized instruction utilizing the principles of applied behavior analysis. Each student's IEP is translated into prescriptive teaching programs that include a component of ongoing measurement of student performance per IEP objective. District -approved curriculum resources as well as specialized behavior analytic curricular resources are utilized with the students.


The autism continuum provides students with a variety of opportunities to participate in social skills development programs that are aligned with their individual levels of age and cognitive functioning. Multiple students are provided with extracurricular activities in the community such as a swimming program at the local "Y", Challenger sports programs, special olympics, etc. with family and community supports.


All faculty in the autism continuum are strongly encouraged to pursue advanced degrees in the field of special education and autism in particular. Many staff members are enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs. The program also provides ongoing specified training in the application of applied behavior analytic principles, across multiple venues, such as conferences, webinars, in vivo training, etc.

Post high school

Students who graduate from the Autism Continuum at age 21 transition to a variety of adult services options, including day programs, group homes, recreation/leisure programs, and employment opportunities.


Students who attend the Autism Continuum school programs are provided with a full range of supports, including job coaching, speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and behavior support programming. Families are also provided with the opportunity for parent training, in-home consultation, and home programming collaboration with the school program.


Students in the Autism Continuum are provided with daily nursing services as needed during the school day. All students are provided with scheduled weekly periods of physical education, and many students participate in fitness routines recommended by specialists and therapists.


Parent groups include an active PTO. A continuum parent also sits on the district's parent advisory committee each school year. The continuum offers an open-door policy for parents to visit their child during the course of any school day. Many local agencies are involved with the students in terms of community-based instruction, employment opportunities, vocational internships, and volunteer activities.


The autism continuum's main preschool/elementary building is maintained by the district's buildings/grounds department on a continuous basis. New Bridges Middle/High School offers the students a gymnasium, a greenhouse, a basketball court, a cardio-fitness room, apartment simulations, kitchen facilities, a fully working cafeteria, etc.

School safety

Partner with Bergen County Sheriff Department who provide school resource officers


The autism continuum follows the district school year calendar at its main facilities, and the host school calendar as assigned. The students' school day is highly structured and organized to provide all ancillary services in addition to highly individualized instruction. Each program adheres to all district regulations and policies regarding school safety. Faculty are trained annually in techniques to ensure student and staff safety. Student admissions include a formal intake process with the student's local Child Study Team case manager. The autism continuum is highly supported in terms of progressive technology for both students, staff, and program operations. Technology training is provided by the district on an ongoing basis. Communication within and across program sites in the autism continuum are multi-faceted. Parents are provided with daily home/school communication; district case managers liaison regularly with the students' local districts; interdepartmental and full faculty communication systems are in place with transparent communication procedures conducted on a regular basis.

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