An Individual Educational Plan is developed for each student in the program. Both mainstreamed and self-contained classes are available in all academic areas. Decisions concerning class placement,academic program, and related services are the result of collaborative planning. Input from the student, the family, the educational team, and the sending district is considered when devising the student's IEP.
Students will meet all academic requirements needed to pursue entrance into a two or four year college. All students will be given an opportunity to take the ACT (American College Test) in their junior and senior years with appropriate accommodations which generally include extended time and testing over multiple days.
Students have an opportunity to apply to the shared time program at Morris County Vocational School. Students who attend will pursue an elective in a career program. Students spend a half-day (AM) at Lake Drive Program in MLHS where they complete academic course work and may take advantage of social and athletic activities and the other half(PM) at the Vo-Tech School.
Each student participates in a communication skills class designed to encourage the development of interpersonal skills,which will facilitate communication between the student and others in the home,school, community and world at large. More specifically, the class provides deaf/hard of hearing adolescents in a mainstream high school program, the opportunity to discuss and learn how to handle the social and educational challenges, which accompany a loss of hearing.
Mainstream teachers receive in-service preparation regarding the deaf/hard of hearing students in their classrooms.The Lake Drive high school counselors remains in contact with staff regularly to ensure academic success.
Deaf/hard of hearing students in mainstreamed classes may request, through the classroom teacher and the academic interpreter, to have a hearing
classmate serve as volunteer note-taker. Copies of class notes are usually ready before the end of the school day.
A variety of support services are available to all deaf/hard of hearing students in the Lake Drive secondary program. Students can take advantage of some/all of these depending on their individual needs and IEP.
Certified teachers of the deaf are available to offer support services to students. Support might include preparatory teaching of vocabulary or concepts, reviewing textbook material or class notes,discussing written work, instruction in the use of study skills, or any additional work needed to teach missing concepts or skills. Students who wish to seek extra help directly from their mainstream teacher can arrange for interpreting services.
Each student may receive individual and or group speech and language therapy provided by fully trained and certified speech and language pathologists who are specially trained in deafness and are continuously updated in the latest educational trends and techniques, including auditory-verbal strategies to enhance speech, language, and listening. Speech and language pathologists are knowledgable of both self-contained and mainstream course content and design therapy sessions to collaborate with vocational, academic and/or college preparatory requirements.
Students may also receive occupational and/or physical therapy provided by trained and certified motor therapists. The number of individual and/or group sessions provided to a particular student is based on individual needs.
The Lake Drive Program counseling office has an “open door” policy so that any student in the program that is seeking a counselor may schedule an appointment, or to be seen urgently, if that is necessary, to facilitate the student’s return to learning.
Interpreters are available for mainstream classes. With sufficient notification, an interpreter may be available for extra curricular activities including sport teams and clubs.
Students, both hearing and deaf/hard of hearing, who wish to learn signed English have the opportunity to earn credit by enrolling in Sign Language I or Sign Language II. These classes are part of the Mountain Lakes High School curriculum. They are taught by a certified and experienced teacher of the deaf and include exposure to deaf culture and history.
The Academic Bowl Team competes each spring in a national competition that is held at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. The Academic Bowl is similar to quiz tournaments engaged in by high school students throughout the country—with two notable exceptions: questions are presented to contestants in American Sign Language as well as in spoken and written English; and “Deaf Studies” is one of the categories from which questions are drawn. And, of course, instead of signaling an answer with the sound of a buzzer, the teams get the moderator’s attention with a flashing light
Past Champions and Winner Awards Mountain Lakes High School
Mid-Atlantic Champions: 2009, 2007, 2006, 2003
National Champions: 2006
Sportsmanship Award: 2002
Students will meet all academic requirements needed to pursue entrance into a two year/four year college. All students will be given an opportunity to take the ACT (American College Test) in their junior and senior years with appropriate accommodations which generally include extended time and testing over multiple days. To see where our students have been accepted after graduating from the Lake Drive Program, Click here.