Somerset County Educational Services Commission

  • Long before the concept of sharing services was an accepted practice among Somerset County municipalities and school districts, the Somerset County Educational Services Commission (SCESC) was engaged in providing a wide range of shared educational, administrative, and transportation support services to public and nonpublic schools.  Somerset County Educational Services Commission (SCESC) has been providing shared educational services and programs for Somerset and neighboring counties schools and their students since 1978.

    SCESC is a public educational agency, established under New Jersey Statute Title 18A, that serves as the catalyst for cooperative education, administration, and financing. SCESC implements programs and provides services which are not within financial reason for an individual district or school.

    The SCESC offers the following:

    • Special Education for grades K-12+
    • Alternative Academic Middle & High School Programs, grades 6-12
    • Full and Part Day Career Programs in Supermarket Careers, Power Engine Technology, and Graphic Arts & Design for Grades 9-12+
    • Customized In-District Educational Programs
    • Virtual School
    • Life Skills
    • Alternative to Suspension
    • Extended School Year (ESY)
    • Summer Camps
    • Nonpublic/Public Programs & Services
    • Coordinated In-County & Out-of-County Public and Nonpublic Transportation
    • Special Education Transportation
    • Charters & Field Trips

    In addition to qualified educators and small class sizes SCESC supports student needs with fulltime counselors, including  a Behavior Specialist, a Substance Abuse Counselor (SAC), Learning Consultants (LDTC), School Psychologists, and Social Workers (LCSW’S/ LSW’S). Students receive Individual and group counseling, and a Family Counseling Program is also available. SCESC also has a Reading Specialist, Speech Therapist, Crisis Intervention Team, and a School Nurse on staff to provide additional student support as needed.

    All SCESC students benefit from the free breakfast and lunch program. Student programming options include an online curriculum, Drivers Education, Business Mathematics, Keyboarding, After School Credit Recovery, Structured Learning Experience, clubs, activities, and academic and cultural field trips. Student Scholarships, Upstander Appreciation, Middle Earth’s Girls Work Readiness Initiative, and the Bigs and Littles programs are also offered. The Academy and Career Center enriches its learning environment through the use Promethean Boards, Chrome Books, a Computer Lab, library, sensory room, state of the art gymnasium, courtyard café, and the largest educational ShopRite in the tristate area.

    Districts unable to provide the necessary educational programming or support services for a student can have their needs met through the Somerset County Educational Services Commission. The SCESC provides coordination, educational service delivery, and transportation (including wheel chair accessible vans) for public and non-public schools in and out of county for all districts in need of services.

     

    Excellence Though Shared Services

SCESC building
  • SCESC is a public educational agency, established under New Jersey Statute Title 18A, that serves as the catalyst for cooperative education, administration, and financing. SCESC implements programs and provides services which are not within financial reason for an individual district or school.

    The State of New Jersey mandates that school districts provide instruction and educational services to all students regardless of their level of need. The SCESC provides coordination, educational service delivery, and transportation for public and non-public schools in the county for all districts in need of services. For example, districts with relatively few special education students of various ages compounded by a lack of necessary infrastructure and support services (i.e., counseling, nursing), will have their needs met through SCESC services.

    In addition to qualified educators, SCESC supports student needs with fulltime counselors, including a Psychologist, Substance Abuse Counselor (SAC), Learning Consultant (LDTC), Social Workers (LCSW’S/ LSW’S, and a nurse. Intensive individual and group counseling is always available and speech services are provided as indicated in the IEP (Individualized Education Program).

    Funded by tuition from local sending districts for on-site school programs, fees for services from participating districts, state and federal grants, and private sector donations, SCESC operates facilities and programs serving all school age populations in Somerset and neighboring counties.