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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What type of educational options does the Lake Drive Program offer? 
    • The Lake Drive Program provides a variety of educational options for children with hearing loss from ages 3 to 21. Lake Drive School also houses Sound Start Early Intervention Program for students with hearing loss from birth to 3 years old.                                                                                                    
  2. What is the focus of the Lake Drive Program?
    • Lake Drive School is dedicated to the academic and social emotion growth of the student, development of language, literacy, speech and listening. A team of support personnel and related service providers, including an educational audiologist, teachers of the deaf, speech language specialists, auditory verbal therapists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists, a social worker, school psychologists, counselors, and educational sign language interpreters, complement our highly qualified professional staff.                                                                                                                                          
  3. How does the Lake Drive staff maintain current knowledge with respect to innovative instructional strategies and technologies? 
    • All staff receives on-going professional development in the latest developments in technology, current trends in education and strategies for enhancing student's language, literacy, speech and listening skills. Our staff has continued to build knowledge and skills in the most current advances and techniques for working with children with cochlear implants.                                                                                                                                                          
  4. Describe the scope of the educational programming that the Lake Drive Program offers.
    • The school has a comprehensive academic program that meets each student's individual learning needs. Our program is offered to preschool through high school aged students. Some of our high school students spend their afternoons in a shared time program at Morris County Vocational School where they are enrolled in a vocational elective course of study. When appropriate, allied and academic subjects in mainstream classes are available to students throughout the Mountain Lakes School District. In addition, there are preschool classrooms combining community children and children with hearing loss. Lake Drive Program offers a team of mainstream resource consultants who provide support and in-service education in districts if a student who is deaf or hard of hearing is being educated in the district they live in.                                                                                                                           
  5. Do Lake Drive students have the opportunity to be educated in the mainstream?
    • Mainstream classes are available throughout the Mountain Lakes School district. This includes mainstreaming opportunities within Wildwood Elementary School, Briarcliff Middle School, Mountain Lakes High School and the Morris County Vocational School. In addition, there are preschool classrooms combining community children and children with hearing loss located at Lake Drive School.                                                                                      
  6. Where have some of our Mountain Lakes High School- Lake Drive Program graduates continued their post-secondary education?
    • Over the past several years, many colleges and universities have accepted graduates of the Lake Drive Program at Mountain Lakes High School.