• Career Design School
  • Fedcap School
  • Vocational Rehabilitation


Career Design School

Motivated employees contribute to a company’s long-term success.

Our nationally recognized Career Design Schools helps students chart their own career path, establish career goals and become trained in high growth sectors that will lead to long term economic well-being. Our Career Design Schools are structured to teach students of diverse abilities the technical skills required to perform the tasks of a specific job.

Student gain real-world experience in their field of training through community-based internships, ensuring that they arrive at work prepared to succeed.

Graduates from our Career Design Schools learn how continuous improvement on the job enables them to climb the career ladder of advancement in their chosen field.

Evaluation, training, and individualized support ensure that every student succeeds.

Contact Us

Phone: 212-727-4319    |    Email: careerdesignschool@fedcap.org

Licensed by the State of New York.


Every student deserves to thrive in their educational environment. Students with special educational needs are no exception.

The Fedcap School is an accredited private school in West Orange, New Jersey, dedicated to helping students ages 13-21 classified with cognitive, multiple, or behavioral disabilities succeed and thrive into adulthood.

Through individualized and group instruction, our students flourish through our comprehensive academic curriculum and behavior modification program.

We provide equal access to educational opportunities that enhance a student’s decision-making, problem- solving and social skills, improving their quality of life—both in school and after graduation.

“The Fedcap School is the premiere behavior modification program in Essex County."

Middle school principal

What We Do Works!

100% of our students graduate with a New Jersey High School Diploma. 20% of graduating students go directly to employment. Each year, a growing number of students go on to college or vocational training.

Our certified staff are skilled professionals who provide a nurturing, caring environment that supports students’ educational, social and emotional growth. All staff are certified in CPR, Professional Crisis Management and Handle with Care Crisis Behavior Management.

Our therapeutic environment helps students develop greater self-awareness in a safe space.

Our students are supported by the Wrap Around Model that ensures everyone – student, family, caregivers and staff – works as a team to support and reinforce positive development in all areas of the student’s life.


David Cardoza completed a High Impact Internship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark. After graduation the hospital offered David a full-time job, which he accepted.
Lisa Gray, a Class Valedictorian, went on to study radiology at Concordia College in Bronxville, New York on a full, four-year scholarship.​
Frank Coleman interned at the Fedcap School library. Conscientious and polite, Frank was hired as a full-time employee by Shoprite in East Orange.​
Lizette Rivera made great strides as an English Language Learner at the Fedcap School. After graduation, Lizette was hired full-time by the child care company where she worked as an intern. ​

Fedcap school staff

We use an innovative Eight-Point Approach to Behavior Modification that includes:

  • Full Academic Engagement:

Our core academic curriculum includes English, science, mathematics, social studies, world language, and physical education. Students’ Individual Education Plans (IEP) are implemented and aligned through the NJ Student Learning Standards. We use web-based programs such as i-Ready® from Curriculum Associates, a single K–12 adaptive, diagnostic web-based learning tool for reading and mathematics, and PLATO Learning© from Edmentum™.

  • Electives:

Our diverse electives expose students to vocations that often lead to careers. Electives engage students, reflect their interests and are based on their IEPs. Subjects include art, music, engineering and recording, building trades, Black Seal low- pressure boiler operations and culinary arts.

  • High-Impact Internships:

Our internships provide students with positive role models, marketable works skills and letters of reference, and allow them to explore career interests and build professional networks. Students gain tangible and valuable experience working over 30 hours per week in a professional setting, while earning a stipend. Internship partners have included Walgreens, CVS, Shoprite, Newark Lumber, Mountainside Hospital, as well as restaurants, day care centers and automotive shops.

  • Credit Recovery Program:

Our students can track their graduation requirements and timeframe through an accelerated learning tool.

  • Transition Program:

Our students have the benefit of Fedcap’s signature GetReady!™ and PrepNOW™ interactive, web-based curricula, which provide work-readiness training and preparation for continuing education and employment. Our Transition Program also includes money management, banking, travel training, exposure to community resources, and information about securing housing and government benefits.

  • Leadership Development Program:

We are committed to developing leaders. Our Leadership Program sharpens communication skills and helps our students become leaders, think critically and work effectively within teams to reach pre-determined goals.

  • Sports Program:

Our students participate in sports including basketball, softball, and track and field. The program helps students learn sportsmanship, teamwork, and self-discipline. The Fedcap School is a proud participant in the Essex County Special Olympics.

  • Positive Behavior Support Program:

Our students develop a greater awareness of self and others as they learn to understand their triggers, take a time-out to regroup, learn how to respond differently to stress and acquire new, positive behaviors.


Students can be recommended for placement at Fedcap School by out-of-district child study team members, case managers, CMO’s, outside government agencies and support service providers. Our admissions team receives applications from Essex, Union and Bergen County school districts.

Our collaborative intake process includes the district Child Study Team member as well as any community support services in place to ensure that the Fedcap School is the right place for the student to grow and thrive.

The Fedcap School serves 96 students in eight classrooms (each with a dually certified teacher and classroom aide) for 180 days during the regular school year session and 35 days in the extended school year sessions. Hours of operation are 8:30am to 3:00pm and 9:00am to 2:00pm, respectively.


Phone: 973.677.0700 Fax: 973.677.1700

Website : http://www.fedcap.org/fedcap-school/
Email : Rebecca Borg, Principal, rborg@fedcap.org

For intake and admission, please contact Samuel Trusty strusty@fedcap.org or Patrick Deblasio pdeblasio@fedcap.org.

Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Building on its longtime leadership in vocational rehabilitation, Fedcap Rehabilitation Services provides a full range of workforce development services for individuals with disabilities from career assessment through work readiness training leading to job placement and post-employment support.

The Career Exploration and Community Based Workplace Assessment provides participants with an experience to identify realistic vocational goals. These services include: gathering an accurate, detailed description of the consumer’s educational and work history, interest/academic/aptitude evaluations, assessing workplace behaviors, detailed vocational exploration, and engaging significant people in their lives such as spouses, friends, siblings, parents, counselors or teachers.

Work Readiness assists individuals to increase their soft skills necessary to maintain employment such as appearance, time management, business etiquette, communication with co-workers and supervisors, dealing with constructive criticism and conflict resolution. Self-Advocacy for Employment enables a person to learn to advocate for their rights at the workplace through understanding the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and methods of self-advocacy for reasonable accommodations on the job.

Job Placement is an individualized customized process to match career goals to employment. This includes job seeking assistance such as resume preparation, job interview skill development, and engaging in job search leading to competitive employment in the community.

Individuals who need sector-based training in specific fields, can access our Career Design School including training in Culinary Arts, Custodial Services, Security, Microsoft Office Suite, Network Support Specialist, Customer Service, Home Health Aide, and OSHA Certification.

For further information, please contact: Esther White, Director of Vocational Rehabilitation at 646-902-3594 or ewhite@fedcap.org