The Brookfield classroom is located on the Academy campus in Cherry Hill and staffed full-time by a certified special needs teacher, a classroom assistant and a therapist.
Students in this program complete their high school curriculum while simultaneously taking online college courses. They receive an array of supportive services including: individual and group therapy, tutoring, and various life skills such as time management, budgeting and problem-solving. The program also offers support and instruction along with a high-tech, wireless environment.
Acceptance into the program is highly competitive and is generally open to students completing their junior year at the Academy. Direct referrals are processed by Brookfield’s Admissions Office. Individuals must demonstrate the ability to work independently, attend school on a consistent basis, conduct themselves in a socially-appropriate manner, have an interest and determination to pursue college studies, and possess the capability to perform academically.
A thorough application process that includes a review of academic and behavior records at the Academy along with written essays and face-to-face interviews is conducted in the spring each year. Students must also have parental permission. The final decision for placement into the Upward Bound Program is made by the district child study team, Brookfield Academy staff, student desire and the parent(s).
The Brookfield Schools Upward Bound Program (formally T2C) is a proud recipient of the “Innovation in Special Education Award,” presented by the New Jersey School Boards Association and ASAH.