Welcome to Mercer High School
Principal: Brian Kozakowski
Mercer High School Overview
“...to provide comprehensive educational opportunities that acknowledge the diversity of the students’
academic, vocational, and social needs in preparation for the future and the world of work.”
Mercer High School is open to students between the ages of fourteen and twenty-one. To meet the needs of our students, we offer an array of academic and therapeutic services to facilitate each student's successful transition to post-secondary life. The school provides a structured environment with a comprehensive curriculum and behavior management system to offer maximum support to the students. Physical, occupational, speech and language therapies, and individual counseling are available to students based upon their Individualized Educational Plans (IEP).
The philosophy of the school is to provide comprehensive educational opportunities that acknowledge the diversity of the students’ academic, vocational and social needs in preparation for the future and the world of work.
At Mercer High School, we believe that learning is best achieved in a positive and supportive environment. Administrators, staff, students, and parents have the responsibility to recognize and reinforce appropriate behavior and to establish disciplinary procedures to deal with inappropriate behaviors.
All students are expected to follow the four school-wide rules:
The behavior management program is based on a token economy, in which students earn points for exhibiting positive behaviors and following the four school-wide rules. Students earn points each period for following the established rules. With the points earned, they can move up through the four levels and gain more independence and privileges.
Mercer High School (MHS) staff works closely with local districts to ensure the completion of graduation requirements. MHS is a state-approved testing site and all students participate in either standardized or alternate assessments based on their IEP. Students are instructed in Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and World Languages.
Students are instructed according to the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards (NJCCCS). In order to enhance progress in the general curriculum, students receive support from a reading specialist as well as direct instruction from special education staff who are highly qualified in the academic subjects they teach.
A variety of instructional methodologies support the different learning styles of students enrolled in the school. Individual and small group instruction is the hallmarks of the program. Students also benefit from a wide range of computer technology both to increase access and to provide error-free learning and consistent practice of skills.