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School Year 2013-14

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Tracey Catino Showing off student art at Noyes Museum

Principal, Tracey Staab, Showing off student art at Noyes

Noyes Museum

Noyes Museum

English Holocaust Class

English Class
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Program Overview

     Cape Educational COMPACT program was established to serve disaffected students ages 14-21.
     These students, in most cases, are non-classified and of average to above average intelligence, who have not been successful in their own high schools but are motivated to earn their high school diploma.

     The program mission is to provide an alternative educational setting that will serve as a safe environment to meet the needs of chronically disaffected high school students in Atlantic, Cape May, and Cumberland Counties.   Located at 204 Moore Road in Cape May Court House, the building consists of seven classrooms, two offices, and a counseling room. 
     The program strategy is to have a low student-teacher ratio, a small program size, individualized instruction, alternative instructional strategies and flexible scheduling.  Clear expectations exist and are equal to, but different from, those of a regular high school.  Immediate counseling is available to address student problems and development of positive personal relationships between teachers and students is a high priority.  The program goals include helping disenfranchised high school students emotionally and/or physically to become increasingly active participants in their education, to increase school attendance, to reduce incidents of disruptive, anti-social and self-destructive behavior, to increase the number of high school credits earned and to encourage students to “buy back into” their families, school and society at large.
     Curriculum includes all courses required by the state of New Jersey for graduation. An inter-disciplinary team-teaching approach is used and cooperative learning strategies are in place. Students receive credit for volunteer activities, employment and externships and are used for independent study. COMPACT has a well-established relationship with Atlantic Cape Community College. Appropriate COMPACT students are tested by the College and are enrolled in Atlantic Cape courses. COMPACT pays the cost of tuition through the Women of Wonder Fund at Atlantic Cape and books for up to two classes per year. The success rate for COMPACT students attending ACCC has met or exceeded the norm for other community college students. Students work a designated number of hours per academic year in community projects. Students volunteer at the following agencies: the Atlantic County Women’s Center, the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, the Atlantic County Rescue Mission, and Crest Haven Nursing Home.
     From its inception, Cape Education COMPACT has been a cooperative countywide effort. Students from all four Cape May County high schools attend. Students receive services from several other county and regional agencies such as Cape Counseling Services, Coalition against Rape and Abuse (C.A.R.A.), County Health Department, Atlantic Cape Community College and the Cape May County Special Services School District. A wide variety of educational, social service and government agencies are represented on the COMPACT Planning and Management Committee.

Applications for new students-see Home page, Applications

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Contact Staff

Aftanis, Robert
District Staff
Barry, Tommy
District Staff
Catino, Tracey
District Staff
Defoney, Margaret
District Staff
Haas, Annamarie
Sickel, Peggy
District Staff
Stech, Kristin
District Staff
Winkler, James
District Staff

Algebra I Class

Algebra I Class

Women of Wonder Fundraiser

Women of Wonder Fundraiser for COMPACT students to attend Atlantic Cape Community College while in high school.

Women of Wonder Fundraiser

Women of Wonder Fundraiser 2013
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