The New Sharon School is a school devoted exclusively to special education students. Originally built in 1924, the New Sharon School was a “one room school house” when it first opened its doors to students. In 1930, an addition expanded the school and turned it into a two-story building that houses four classrooms. Although it still maintains the charm of that original “one-room schoolhouse,” it has the support of a thoroughly modern school district. Today’s New Sharon School has transformed into a Vocational and Life Skills Training Center that provides special education services and job skills training for pupils with educational disabilities ranging in ages from 14 through 21 years old.
Since 2015, New Sharon has been infused within Deptford Township High School for its academic classes and inclusive environment. We offer small class sizes and a variety of program options for the students based on their Individualized Education Program (IEP). The multisensory approach to learning is student-centered and incorporates differentiated instruction that utilizes technology. At the high school, students take the necessary classes for their graduation requirements. They also work on functional skills for math, English Language Arts, social studies, and science, as well as, functional life skills, and prevocational training.
New Sharon School has developed a Community Based Instruction curriculum for our students to learn the necessary skills to one day earn a job after graduation. Within the school, we have developed different work sites in the different classrooms. The students work independently and as a group on the different skills. The related services of speech, counseling, occupational and physical therapy are also available to students, according to their IEP’s. We work closely with outside agencies and resources as we prepare our students for life beyond the school doors.
Finally, our students are taught to respect themselves and others. They are encouraged and challenged to become self-sufficient and independent members of society to the best of their abilities. Students, staff, and parents work together as a team to develop skills in a small family atmosphere.
The program accepts tuition students from Gloucester, Camden, and Cumberland Counties and if you would like to make an application please contact the New Sharon School at (856) 415-9537 or the Director of Special Services at (856) 232-2700.
District Anti-Bullying Coordinator
Blackwood Terrace Administration Building
2022 Good Intent Road
Deptford, NJ 08096
856-232-2700 ext. 3502