Ribbon Cutting

Ribbon Cutting
Posted on 11/18/2019
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Collier High School, a state-approved, private, non-profit school for students whose needs cannot be met within the public school, proudly celebrated its new program, Collier High School Kateri Program, and the completion of their new permanent space.

Located in the Wickatunk section of Marlboro Township, Collier High School’s departmentalized academic program prepares students for admission into four-year colleges, community colleges, technical/vocational schools, and full-time employment. Due to the students’ growing needs, Collier High School implemented the Kateri Program, a specialized program designed to meet the needs of our students who benefit from a smaller environment with emphasis on individualized support. With a maximum student teacher ratio of 5:1, instruction is based on student ability and course work is designed to provide the requirements for post-secondary education. Students are integrated into the main campus for course work, sports, and clubs based on their individual interests.

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Thanks, largely in part to a generous donation, Collier was able to renovate the third floor of Smith Hall to create a space that was more conducive to the students’ needs.
 The newly renovated space includes a community room where students and staff “check in” in the mornings, as well as four large instructional areas, confidential offices for social workers and administration to provide quality education and therapeutic services. The décor creates a very calming and comfortable environment that allows students to feel relaxed and safe. Furthermore, the new, larger space enables the Kateri Program to enroll more students thus allowing more local youth to receive the benefits from this crucial program of Collier School.

Kateri Program Student, Lily described the impact being in the Kateri Program has had on her. “
I struggle with anxiety and panic attacks, but at Kateri, I am working to improve by learning how and when to use coping skills and to re-center myself. Kateri is different from other programs by being individualized and they always have staff ready to help a struggling student. The program really helps me reach new heights I never before thought possible by encouraging me to push my limits just a little every day.”

Kateri Students

To commemorate the Kateri Program’s new permanent location, Collier High School hosted a ribbon cutting on November 13, 2019. During the Ribbon Cutting, Kateri Students, like Lily, spoke about their experience so far and how it differs from other schools they have attended.
 In attendance were Senator Joseph Cryan, Freeholder Lillian Burry, Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger, Freeholder Susan Kiley, along with Collier Board Members, and Collier staff.