Mission and Philosophy
The counseling program at Montgomery Academy is developmental in nature and is comprehensive in scope. It is preventative in design, student centered, and an integral part of the total Montgomery Academy educational experience. The program is delivered through individual and group counseling, individual planning, responsive services and contains within it a strong system of supports for all students. Students graduating from Montgomery Academy leave with the skills necessary to succeed in post-secondary education, training and the workplace. Options are explored, diversity is valued and all students have access to a quality and comprehensive program that honors the whole child.
College and Transition Planning
For students who wish to attend a two or four year college, the process begins by taking the PSAT test. Our guidance office has several computers and special software programs that help facilitate research about potential colleges and universities. The guidance office arranges several trips each year to area and community colleges and has partnered with several institutions that cater to our students’ needs. These trips are open to Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors and consist of campus tours and question and answer times with admissions counselors.
Our “Make It Real” (M.I.R.) program encompasses independent living, resume writing, job experiences, community service and work in our project room. Students begin to understand the complexities of the work environment while also having the supports of school staff. We have a growing community businesses network that opens their doors to our students and allows them to explore diverse opportunities. These generous business partners help us to supplement classroom activities with real world experiences.
Toward the end of each year, Montgomery Academy invites professionals from varied career pathways to attend and discuss their jobs with our students. It is a time during which students can gain knowledge of various careers that may interest them as well as the opportunity to hear about job choices they may not have thought about previously. If you have questions about our guidance services or an interest in presenting at our school’s career day please contact Michael Engber at (908) 766-0362 x126.
(A college geared toward students with special needs)
(Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities)
(NJ Department of Education Office of Special Education)