Special Education for Medically Fragile Children

Opening a whole new world for students with complex health needs

A unique collaboration between two leading organizations – Bancroft and Voorhees Pediatric Facility – The Bancroft School at Voorhees Pediatric Facility is the first New Jersey Department of Education-approved private school within a pediatric specialized-care facility. Founded in 1995, this pioneering program opens a whole new world to children who require continuous, skilled, high-level nursing care.

Bringing the Outside World to Kids Who Need it Most

For medically fragile children unable to participate in a traditional school day, The Bancroft School team brings a unique learning environment to them.

School faculty and staff utilize world-class teaching technology to help students engage with their world. Students have access to an array of technologies and communication devices to make learning fun and engaging.

So much more than academics, The Bancroft School at Voorhees Pediatric Facility also offers:

  1. Visual Field Trips
  2. Guest presenters and lecturers, including visits from The Philadelphia Zoo and others
  3. Unique sensory experiences to engage students in their learning environment

Track Record of Success

Through this unique partnership, students ages 3 to 21 who are medically fragile and/or technology-dependent, have the opportunity to attend school in comfortable medically equipped and technology-enriched classrooms.

The school’s 35-member staff allows for an optimal 2:1 student-to-staff ratio. Dedicated faculty tailor each student’s learning experience to his or her needs and abilities.

The Bancroft School at Voorhees Pediatric Facility provides:

  • An individualized education plan (IEP) for each student to address each child’s specific educational needs
  • Related services – such as physical, speech and occupational therapy — which are then integrated into the school day
  • Systematic intervention strategies for parents to adopt to ensure support, maintenance and generalization of new skills at home or in other settings
  • Opportunities for students to interact with peers without disabilities and to prepare students for eventual transition to less-restrictive programs

Students at the Voorhees Pediatric Facility worked hand-in-hand with a local poet and artist to create movies that captured their experiences. One student created I am Patrick, above, using his communication device to narrate the story. Students at VPF have access to these and a host of other unique multi-sensory experiences that enrich their learning environment.

In Home Tutoring For Medically Fragile Students

The Bancroft School works directly with school districts throughout the region to bring expert class academic and extracurricular programs to students in their homes when they are too sick or fragile to attend school.

Call 800.774.5516 to learn more about how your school district can meet students where they are and provide a unique and engaging academic experience to any child facing a medical crisis.

Funding for The Bancroft School at Voorhees Pediatric Facility

Under federal law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) entitles every child to a free and appropriate public education.

In New Jersey, the state Department of Education can provide information regarding private school options, Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and your rights and entitlements. Learn more here.

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