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What type of school is EPIC?
The Educational Partnership for Instructing Children (EPIC) is a non-profit school dedicated to providing educational services for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
What are the ages of your students?
EPIC accepts students between the ages of 3 and 21 years old. The current student population includes students between 5 and 21 years old.
How long is the school day?
Students arrive at 8:45 am and are dismissed at 2:45 pm.
What is the average class size?
Classes range from 3-6 students per class with students matched based on age and level of functioning.
What is EPIC’s teaching method?
EPIC used methods derived from the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to teach skills, increase independence, and reduce disruptive behavior.
Do you provide related services?
No. Skills that are addressed through related services such as OT, PT, and Speech, are addressed at EPIC using behavior analytic principles and are integrated within each student’s day.
What is your staff-to-student ratio?
The ratio of staff-to-students at EPIC is 1:1 throughout the school.
What are the qualifications of your teachers?
Each classroom has a minimum of 1 state certified teacher with either a Teacher of the Handicapped or Teacher of Students with Disabilities certification and an appropriate grade level certification when necessary. Instructional aides hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, typically in psychology, education, or a related field.
Do you transition students back to general education?
Students who display per-requisite skills are eligible to participate in EPIC’s inclusion program which systematically includes students into a general education setting while maintaining student success.
Are you a full year program?
EPIC’s school year consists of 210 school days including an extended school year program. Students attend EPIC for 183 days between September and June and complete an additional 27 days in July and August.
Do you provide parent training?
Included with EPIC’s clinical program is home consultation in which EPIC staff go to the family home to work with parents, siblings, and caregivers to provide them with the tools necessary to effectively interact with the EPIC student.
Do the students go out into the community?
Many of our students participate in community programming that includes shopping at various stores, working at job sites, participating in religious services, among others. All community programs are attached to IEP goals and are intended to address specific skill deficits.
How do I get my child on your referral list?
In order to be placed on the referral list parents or districts are asked to complete the Intake Request Form. All interested parties are welcome and encouraged to come to EPIC for a tour and presentation with EPIC personnel. If interested in pursuing placement, a file should be submitted to the Principal’s attention at 238 N. Farview Ave, Paramus, NJ 07652.