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Embracing the Possibilities

The YCS schools are an integral part of YCS.  YCS brings life-changing success to New Jersey’s most vulnerable children and is New Jersey’s leading non-profit provider of comprehensive mental health and education services for children in need.

The YCS Ft. Lee Education Center, YCS George Washington School, YCS Independence High School and YCS Ernest May Academy are successfully serving students with special needs; behavioral, social and academic challenges for over 25 years.  Three of the four schools were named “Schools of Excellence” by the National Association of Special Education Teachers.

George Washington School and May Academy educate students ages 5-14, Ft. Lee Education Center educates students 13-21+ and YCS Independence High School educates both regular and special education students 14-21+.  While all other schools accept district referrals, YCS Indepedence High School only accept referrals from the Divison of Child Protection and Permanency agency.  In each school there is a comprehensive clinical component, as well as visual and performing arts.  Both of these are necessary for our students to express themselves in a healthy manner and explore resources that are specific to their needs.

The schools continue to improve their programs aligned with the Core Content Curriculum…world language, culinary arts, financial literacy, technology and college and career readiness programs. The schools focus on multi-sensory instruction and hands-on projects and our students are involved in many art contests and exhibits. Each classroom is staffed with a certified teacher and paraprofessionals.

The schools are NJ DOE approved, as well as approved state-testing sites which includes PARCC testing. 

We are here to help service the needs of both regular and special education student.  Make sure to review detailed information about each school to see where your student fit in best.    

Thank you for your interest and feel free to contact any of the schools with questions you may have.  We welcome you to set up an appointment and tour our facilities.



Something New
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             YCS is now offering a class for students with behavior disabilities who are dually diagnosed.   Services available for the DDMI (Developmentally Disabled Mental Illness) student population include, but are not limited to: 

  • Psychiatric Support
  • Medication Management
  • Mid-day Medication and PRNs as ordered
  • Individual and Group Therapy
  • Small Classrooms
  • Low Staff-to-Student Ratio
  • Safe Rooms
  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Assessments conducted by Licensed Clinical School Social Workers and Board Certified Behavior Analyst
  • Certified Highly Qualified Teachers
  • Teacher Aides
  • Individual Academic Programming
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Behavioral Plans, as needed
  • Group Contingency Plans
  • Community Engagement

All referrals and intakes will be coordinated through my office.  Myself and Mrs. Jennifer Prior, BCBA, are available at 201-944-6608 or via email at and




                                                                                          Ruth Ann Hunt

                                                                                          VP Educational Services

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