Milestones@PVR Opens

New Milestones@PVR Facility Opens
Photo of the interior of the apartment for new Milestones program

Photo Credit: Ms. Eva Merk

Milestones@PVR is the newest of five Special Programs operated within the Pascack Valley Regional High School District. Milestones is a program for adult students, ages 18-21, with multiple, intellectual or moderate learning and language disabilities.

The program is designed to assist students in building the skills necessary for independent living. A simulated apartment, conveniently located in downtown Hillsdale, provides an optimal learning environment for students to acquire and perform independent living skills. Students complete weekly chores, grocery shop, plan and prepare meals, maintain a household budget, learn to travel locally, and organize personal calendars.

In addition, students explore interests and hobbies, while planning and participating in age-appropriate leisure activities. After school hours, social networking events present opportunities for students to interact and form connections with peers from surrounding neighborhoods.  Regular trips to a local fitness center promote health and wellness.

The program also has students participating in career internships which are structured and supervised in various locations and businesses within the community. Students explore career options and develop vocational skills through real-life work experiences. Job coaches monitor student progress and assist them in learning job tasks and other workplace skills.

The program is fully staffed with a special education teacher, job coaches, and school psychologist with oversight and support from district personnel including the Supervisor of Special Services, Coordinator of Special Programs, Behaviorist, and Transition Coordinator.

Any inquiries may be directed to Tara Flannery, District Coordinator of Special Programs, at 201-358-7020 ext. 22229 or tflannery@pascack.org

Photo of interior of Milestones apartment, including living room and kitchen
Photo of living room of Milestones apartment
Photo of kitchen in the Milestones apartment
Photo of exterior of the building containing the Milestones apartment

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