11 Spencer Lane ♦ Annandale, NJ 08801 ♦ 908.832.7200

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12+ program

The transition from high school to post-secondary education, employment, and independent living is a complex and important point in the life of a young adult.  For students with mental health or specific learning challenges, this critical transition is especially daunting. The Hunterdon Prep 12+ Program provides students with the support necessary for them to discover their interests and marketable abilities while acquiring the knowledge, skills, and experiences that they will need to craft a satisfying independent life.
A group of Hunterdon Prep students on campus at Raritan Valley Community College

12+ is a Transition Program offered to students who have completed or are close to completing the requirements for high school graduation. Enrolled students are typically between the ages of 18 and 21.

college & vocational training - academic support

The 12+ instructional staff provide highly individualized academic case management, support, and organizational guidance to students who are enrolled in college and/or job training course work. Using a distinctly relational approach and often, references to their own personal experiences, the 12+ instructional staff help to “demystify” the details and nuances of becoming a responsible, independent learner as they guide students through registration, testing, and course selection process.

The 12+ instructional staff provide direct academic case management to each student, working collaboratively with students to develop and consistently utilize organizational strategies that will enable them to successfully complete their post-secondary academic goals. 

career exploration

Throughout the school year, students experience the world of work by sampling a variety of employment environments to gain exposure to the requirements and responsibilities of specific job titles or job groups. Based on their own unique interests, students amass job skills in employment settings relevant to their anticipated career path. Every job placement is under the supervision of both an employer mentor and a 12+ SLE (Special Learning Experience) certified instructor who aid the student in clarifying career goals, developing employable skills, and in making the transition between school and employment. 

independent living skills

The 12+ Program Independent Living Skills component engages students in community outreach and service projects which require them to learn and practice a wide variety of independent living skills. Household organization, budgeting, menu planning, shopping, cooking, laundry, and cleaning skills are learned and applied in the service of community members in need. Volunteerism helps students learn what is required to live an independent life and reinforce their value as supportive community members. Processing these experiences helps our students apply learning to the exploration and pursuit of their own independent living goals.

person-centered approach/case management

The primary goal of the 12+ program is to provide students with authentic transition experiences that help them develop resilience, self-regulation, and self-management skills to call upon when the expectations of the world of work and higher education require them to be present in the face of personal challenges and situational adversities. These skills will enable them to “stay in the game” even when they are struggling.

Program staff members practice a comprehensive person-centered approach that nurtures supportive and effective collaborations with students to help them achieve their personal goals. The program does not provide clinical or formal counseling services.  Students requiring additional support services access these services outside of school hours. 

Upcoming Events

Kayaking trip (9-2:30)

Oct 1, 2020 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Kayaking trip (9-2:30)

Oct 2, 2020 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Kayaking trip (9-2:30)

Oct 5, 2020 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Kayaking trip (9-2:30)

Oct 6, 2020 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM

School pictures today (Troupe and Cave students)

Oct 8, 2020 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

908.832.7200 ♦ Fax: 908.832.9772 ♦ 11 Spencer Lane ♦ Annandale, NJ 08801

HUNTERDON PREPARATORY SCHOOL IS A, not-for-profit, day school serving students between the ages of 12 and 21
 from over 40 school districts in New Jersey. We are located near the town of Clinton in west central NJ.

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The Hunterdon Preparatory School provides educational services to applicants and employs personnel without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, economic or social background, or religious preferences. School programs and school related activities during the day and after regular school hours provide equal access for all students regardless of race, color, creed, sex, and national origin. Books, curricula, and other materials, course content, subject matter, and reading lists are reviewed for sex, race, and cultural bias. Materials are chosen to represent a wide range of opinions and suggested pupil activities.