PISCATAWAY, NJ – State and local officials joined with the Educational Services Commission of New Jersey (ESCNJ ) officially opening its newest facility with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday.
The 55,000 square-foot Future Foundations Academy (FFA) is a special services building designed to serve 13-21-year-old students who have autism and includes a professional conference center, said ESCNJ Schools Superintendent, Mark Finkelstein.
In addition to offering a core curriculum, students attending FFA also have access to robotics, computer coding, culinary and horticultural experiences, vocational training and physical fitness instruction, said Finkelstein. They are taught in a 2:1 student to staff ratio using community-based instruction and behavior management strategies and related services based on each student’s Individualized Education Plan.
“The FFA gets 12 new classrooms, a great addition to the crucial work of the ESCNJ,” said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald Rios.
“FFA fits perfectly into our model,” said Mayor Brian Wahler, calling it another feature of the “Piscataway Portfolio”.
“Piscataway is the only municipality in the state where you can attend pre-K, move through primary, secondary and college levels, and then ultimately earn a doctorate – without ever leaving the town,” said Wahler.
The ESCNJ’s Future Foundations Academy is located at 1690 Stelton Road in Piscataway.
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