The Bancroft School at Voorhees Pediatric Facility
The Bancroft School at Voorhees Pediatric Facility is an innovative and comprehensive education program for medically complex children.
A unique collaboration between two leading institutions, The Bancroft School at VPF opens up a whole new world to medically complex, technology-dependent children. It is the first New Jersey Department of Education-approved private school located within a pediatric specialized care facility. This on-site private school services the educational needs of children who are medically fragile/technology dependent and require continuous skilled high-level nursing care.
The Bancroft School at VPF consists of five classrooms equipped with medical gas outlets. The school's program is open to approximately 65 children, ages 3 through 21. The impressive 35-member staff creates a 2:1 student-to-staff ratio.
The school provides a specialized educational program that promotes the acquisition of new skills that can facilitate, when possible, the child's re-entry into the home and community.
The Bancroft School at VPF:
- Develops individualized educational plans (lEPs) to specifically address the educational needs of each student
- Provides all necessary related services within an integrated model of service delivery
- Provides parents with systematic intervention strategies to ensure support, maintenance, and generalization of acquired skills
- Develops student contact with age-matched peers without disabilities to prepare students for eventual transition to less restrictive programs, if appropriate
Using an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to education, the team-- along with the education professionals and the family/guardian-- develops realistic, individualized goals for each student. Teachers, rehabilitation therapists, and other medical professionals work with the family or guardian to establish short- and long-term objectives to maximize the student's educational, emotional, rehabilitative, and physical development.