Returning from spring break, students did not miss a beat in making a smooth transition to their new Future Foundations Academy (FFA) building, a school for students ages 13-21 with Autism spectrum disorders.

“Opening day went off without a hitch,” said FFA Vice Principal Katie Feiles.

“Our students were extremely excited to explore their new school and learning community, and staff was eager to engage students in instruction in all of the fresh and innovative learning spaces,” added Mrs. Feiles.

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Located on the Educational Services Commission of New Jersey’s (ESCNJ) Piscataway Campus, 1690 Stelton Road, the new 55,000 square foot FFA facility provides the space needed to fully prepare higher functioning students for the workplace, and independent living skills to the fullest extent possible.

The new FFA includes: 12 classrooms; dedicated space for Horticultural, Culinary, Community-based Instruction and Family Living programs; a Makerspace for collaborative projects; Lucy’s Café; a full size gymnasium, and a fitness center.

Approximately 8,000 square feet in the new facility is designated for ESCNJ’s Professional Development Academy (PDA), which will relocate from its Media Center location in September. The PDA will have a separate entrance, and a 300-seat capacity (which can be reconfigured for smaller meetings), contemporary lighting and sound system, and plasma screens.

 The FFA is one of six schools operated by the ESCNJ for student’s ages 3-21 with Autism spectrum disorders, multiple disabilities, and at-risk behaviors. The largest Educational Services Commission in New Jersey, the ESCNJ offers support services to schools statewide, coordinates transportation services for over 12,000 students, and manages a 1,250 member Co-op Pricing System, the largest cooperative buying program in New Jersey.