• 45 Highland Avenue, Whippany, New Jersey 07981
    • 973-884-2030

    Extended School Year Program

    WHAT IS ESY?

    The Extended School Year (ESY) program keeps students on the road to success and prevents academic and social regression that sometimes comes with taking too long a break from the classroom. If your child is challenged by communication, social skills, mood regulation, or learning disabilities, then the Extended School Year Program at The Calais School may be the only program that will address their individual needs in a safe and nurturing environment.The summer program continues to follow each student’s IEP, providing academic as well as social and therapeutic activities.

    Our Mission

    The Calais School and its staff are committed to providing all students with the academic and behavioral skills to reach their fullest potential and become life-long learners and socially competent members of their communities.

    The Extended School Year Program

    The Extended School Year Program is designed to contribute to the broad educational achievement of our students.
    The ESY program includes both the Pre-K to Elementary and Middle School to 12 Plus levels. It is staffed by fully certified teachers and counselors from the academic school year program.

    Classes are taught by highly qualified teachers. Counselors, reading specialists, and learning disability teacher-consultants work with students daily. School service dogs are trained specifically to work with students with special needs.

    ESY also incorporates
    • social skills
    • counseling
    • speech
    • reading
    • occupational therapy (OT)
    • summer fun!
    ACADEMICS
    • Small class size provides individualized attention for each student
    FIELD TRIPS
    • Educational environments reinforce classroom learning
    SOCIAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
    • Build knowledge and skills
    • Reinforces skills through positive feedback
    ANIMAL ADAPTIVE THERAPY™
    PEER MENTOR PROGRAM
    • Student mentor program reinforces social skills
    • Utilizes strategies used by the Calais counseling staff during the academic year
    PROGRAM AREAS
    GRADES PRE-K TO 7
    PROJECT-BASED LEARNING
    • An instructional approach built upon authentic learning activities that motivate and engage
    VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS
    • Creative expression through exploration and discovery
    PERSONAL FITNESS
    • Provides students with the knowledge and skills to establish and maintain physical fitness
    GRADES 8 TO 12 PLUS
    ACADEMIC CONCENTRATION
    • Math and English college placement test preparation
    • Life skills program
    CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION
    Career exploration programs in
    • movie making & animation
    • digital arts
    • floral & landscape design
    • child care
    • general office occupations
    • culinary arts
    STRUCTURED LEARNING EXPERIENCE
    • Preparation of 21st century learning skills through active learning opportunities
    • Community-based work experiences
    • Emphasis on work-readiness skills