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Elizabeth, New Jersey
Union County
Union County Vocational-Technical School District
Simon Youth Academy is a public school located in Elizabeth, New Jersey with 29 students in grades 9-12.
Highlights
SYA offers students the opportunity to earn a High school diploma in an alternative setting. At SYA, the culture is grounded in Social Emotional Learning and Life and Career Skills.
At SYA, students enjoy a low staff to student ratio, transportation stipends, college and career planning, and work opportunities.
The Simon Youth Foundation offers scholarships to selected graduates to support their post-secondary and educational endeavors.
Location
651 Kapkowski Road
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
Contact
Principal: Mrs. Syreeta McClain
908-889-2900
smcclain@ucvts.org
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Grades
9-12
White 3%
Black 38%
Asian 0%
Hispanic 55%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 3%
School size
29
students
Female 41.4%
Male 58.6%
Economically disadvantaged students 0%
Students with disabilities 10%
English learners 0%
Homeless students 0%
Students in foster care 3%
Military-connected students 0%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
7
Grade Percent of total students Students
9th Grade 31%
9
10th Grade 14%
4
11th Grade 28%
8
12th Grade 28%
8
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Crime per 100 students
10.3
Incidents per year
Violence 1
Weapons 0
Vandalism 0
Substances 2
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 0
Total incidents 3
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English 75.9%
Spanish 17.2%
Cree 3.4%
Portuguese 3.4%
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Learn more about Simon Youth Academy.

Mission

The Simon Youth academy is a public, Alternative High School for out of school youth, and students at risk for dropping out of high school. The school is established as a partnership with The Union County Vocational-Technical Schools and The Simon Youth Foundation, with sponsorship from the Union county Workforce Development Board and the Board of Chosen Freeholders. The school educates students ages 16-21, accommodating varied levels of ability, learning styles, and credit status. The school employs a blended learning model that allows the student to engage in monitored, self-paced virtual instruction, accompanied by a teacher to enhance the learning, provide supplemental activities, and assist with course progress. In addition, students receive traditional, individualized classroom instruction from our certified secondary teachers.

Academics

The education at SYA is designed to meet the needs of diverse learners, understanding the uniqueness of each students' past school experience. As a result the school is committed to creating a customized learning program, including blended learning, differentiated instruction, restorative justice practices, culturally relevant instruction, and recovery credit courses. The school employs a blended learning model that allows the student to engage in monitored, self-paced virtual instruction, accompanied by a teacher to enhance the learning and assist with course progression. The students also receive traditional, individualized classroom instruction from our certified secondary teachers. All courses are aligned with NJSLS.

Clubs

SYA has a variety of opportunities during the school year to engage in school related activities including, but not limited to; close up trip to Washington, DC, community services, college tours, teen conferences and more.

Programs

Students have the opportunity post- school day to continue their virtual instruction in order to expedite their credit recovery and course completion.

Teachers

Staff of the Simon Youth Academy are highly qualified, and equipped with the credentials, certifications, backgrounds and experience to work with this distinct population of youth, vested in the success of each individual student.

Post high school

Students who attend the SYA may complete their education with us, ultimately receiving a High School diploma conferred by the UCVTS school district. The staff is instrumental in assisting students in transitioning to post-secondary initiatives including; college, vocational and career opportunities.

Supports

The academics are surrounded by Support Services, embedded in the school day including, but not limited to; group and individual counseling, physical and cognitive activities, guest speakers, workshops, yoga, life skills and positive psychology, giving students the necessary tools to thrive and become productive members of the community.

Health

The students have yoga several times per week, as well as group therapy to support their mental health.

Parents

Parents are critical in each students' ability to work towards their academic goals. We maintain close communication with parents regarding student status, milestones, and accomplishments, and serve as a unified system of support for the families. Our High School staff works to ensure that parents are connected to necessary support services, assisting them with accessing resources, navigating the system of care.

Facilities

The school is located in the Jersey gardens Mall and was recently renovated in April of 2019. The school is equipped with central air and heat, as well as emergency exits. The school has an open floor plan, flexible learning space conducive to a multi-purpose educational environment.

School safety

SYA has a full time safety officer, who assists staff with bi-monthly security drills and day to day safety procedures. The school has a school improvement panel that meets monthly to ensure that safety policies and procedures are sound and effective.

Technology

In addition to the computer lab, the school has a one to one chromebook initiative that allows students to utilize technology for all of their daily instruction.

More

Students are required to disenroll from their current district and enroll in Union County Vocational-Technical School District full-time. They must be 16 -21 years-old, complete the interview process and demonstrate commitment to earning a high school diploma.

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