The Bancroft School
The Bancroft Difference
We focus each student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) on specific, measurable goals which helps each student achieve outstanding results. We not only look at academic progress but progress in:
- Communication skills
- Behavior acquisition
- Behavior reduction
- Participation in skill activities
- Social settings
At Bancroft, we help each person maximize their potential for an active and satisfying life. Achieved through a “person-centered” model of care, we emphasize the strengths of the individual and support them in pursuing their goals and dreams.
The person-centered model also engages the student’s family, friends, staff and community – their circle of support. Parents and other family members, especially, play a key role on the team, and we encourage parents to be active participants in their child’s education and care.
The Bancroft School is the leading regional provider of special education programs for children and youth with autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities, ages 3 to 21. For the past 130 years, The Bancroft School has continued to innovate in instruction, therapeutic integration, behavior therapies, individualized programs, life and job skills training and preparation for transition and beyond.
Our enhanced integrated classroom model provides teachers with essential support in the classroom, leading to more progressive outcomes and increased independence for students.
Teachers and clinicians evaluate student progress in “classroom clinics” through which they collaboratively assess student progress and make on-the-spot adaptations and refinements to accommodate the specific needs of each child. The Bancroft School prepares students for their next learning environment from Early Education and Elementary School to High School Transition and Adult Services. Through a carefully thought-out mix of communication, behavioral, educational and vocational programming we help each student achieve the highest level of independence possible.
Along with special educators, paraprofessionals and social workers, Bancroft’s on-site clinical expertise includes:
- Applied Behavior Analysis
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Speech Therapy
- Assistive Technology
- Vocational Training
Teachers at Bancroft draw upon a wealth of curriculum and clinical resources to design individualized student goals. Each goal is selected to meet a specific need and to help guide students through our unique program progression. Classroom Clinics are used to problem-solve on instructional strategies so that student progress is prioritized.
Academic, communication, social and vocational goals are all addressed through an individualized blend of 1:1, group, and incidental teaching. At Bancroft, we view all instruction as ongoing and something that occurs across various educational and community-based environments.
At Bancroft, our team of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) applies Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy techniques to bring about meaningful and positive change in behavior, as well as improvement in classroom learning, communication, social and familial relationships, play and recreation, life skills and self-care. Behavior analysts are integrated into every classroom and throughout the pediatric residential continuum to ensure every student benefits from consistent on-site therapy.
Our classrooms and programs use current technology to ensure each child is able to communicate and interact with the world around them. We utilize SMARTBoards, specialized mobile apps and tools for vocational training, such as a cash register, to ensure students get the most out of their learning experience.
Because we believe every child has a voice that deserves to be heard, we work to identify the most appropriate communication device for each child at various times in his/her education. Communication options include speech-generating devices and the latest applications for customized tablets.
Our Early Education Program – preschool and elementary classrooms for children ages 3 -9 – helps children develop new skills while reducing disruptive behaviors. An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is created and focused on helping children thrive and ultimately enter The Bancroft School or return to their home school districts.
Preparation for adult life and responsibilities is critical for a successful transition. Beginning at age 14 and continuing through age 21 and graduation, Bancroft’s High School Transition program and innovative Bancroft on Campus program prepares students with academic, behavioral and social skills through hands-on job and life skills training.
This unique transition program gives students ages 18 – 21 currently enrolled in high school the opportunity to attend Bancroft classes on a college campus, where they enhance their abilities and job skills, explore their interests, and expand their social networks.
Bancroft students participate in adaptive physical education, designed to meet the fitness needs of students and develop coordination and confidence through age-appropriate recreation, sports and games throughout the year. Students also take part in music and art classes, along with skills-training to help them explore career possibilities and develop pre-vocational skills. Field trips and events like the Special Olympics allow students to put their skills to use and connect with their peers and community.
Over half of students at The Bancroft School reside in our on-campus or community residences. This allows for a stable and therapeutic environment where students are given additional support beyond the school day.
The Bancroft School at Voorhees Pediatric Facility is the first New Jersey Department of Education-approved private school within a pediatric specialized-care facility. This program provides a unique learning experience to medically fragile children.
A Master Plan For Our Future
So much more than a relocation of The Bancroft School, The Lindens Center for Autism and Campus Residences, the 80-acre Bancroft Campus at Mount Laurel has been designed to serve the extraordinary needs of special education students, their families and the region’s special needs community.
One Powerful Vision
For children and families, Bancroft is hope – hope for each child to live life to his or her fullest potential.
Delivering on those hopes and dreams is a responsibility we take seriously. It’s why Bancroft has earned a reputation for changing lives. For seeing the potential in every child. For making the impossible possible.
Enrichment & Training Center
Opportunities for recreation and socialization are essential to Bancroft’s goal of creating a holistic learning and living environment.
The Enrichment and Training Center planned for the new campus to expand recreation opportunities for socialization and professional development. It features an activity pool and gymnasium designed for an adaptive PE program with indoor recreation options for student play and interaction.
It’s never too late or too early to inquire about openings in our Early Education, Elementary, High School and Transition Programs. We offer rolling admissions throughout the year. Fill out the form below and an Admissions Specialist will get back to you!