Our Success & Happiness Stories
Jamal was a troubled 14-year-old when he arrived at the MDP High School. He performed poorly in public school. He was constantly in trouble for not following directions and fighting. His life was on a downward spiral. Jamal needed a placement where he could be a success and he needed it right away! The Committee on Special Education recognized this and offered him placement at the MDP High School. Here, over time, he was able to learn and learn he did! For the first year at the high school, Jamal was a constant behavior problem. However, by the time he reached the 11th grade, significant improvement occurred. When he finished the 12th grade, Jamal had become an honor student! He was also the starting guard on our basketball team that won the league championship (IPPSAL). Jamal earned a New York State Regents Diploma.
He now attends a local community college. What a success story!!
- 75% of graduating students earn a Local, Regents or Advanced Regents diploma.
- 25% of graduating students earn vocational certifications in either Food Handling or Barber Apprenticeship.
- Other graduates go on to vocational training or structured work programs. Each student was placed in a program geared to help them further develop employment and life skills.
- 58% of out students participate in vocational programs: Automotive, Culinary, Barbering, and Cosmetology.
- 18% of our students were placed in internships, paid positions, off-site unpaid internships, and in-house interns. They have worked in area education, elder care, customer service, automotive technology, animal care, and barbering
All students were provided with the
opportunity to participate in cultural and social experiences including
visits to museums, historical sites, and athletic events.
Clinical staff helped students and families to cope with a range of challenging issues such as homelessness, mental health emergencies, pregnancies, conflict resolution, and beyond. It is safe to say that our social workers help to create a safety net when society at large has failed them.
Residents participate in Summer Youth Employment programs and have worked at locations including Marshalls' Department Store and a Subway Sandwich location.
Several residents are provided with work experience at our site as maintenance interns.
All residents participated in trips to such places as the American Museum of Natural History, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, as well as trips to amusement parks and sporting events.
Clinical intervention was provided for all students, including mental health services, psychotherapy, life skills training, and family support.
• Reading and math were at grade level.
• Aggressive behaviors were reduced dramatically.
• Social competence and social skills increased.
• She was a happy, hopeful young woman with many good friends.
Over six years, Jenny grew in all areas: emotional, intellectual, physical, and social. What a remarkable change! Currently, she is a freshman at Martin De Porres High School and doing well. Some day, she says "I will be a police officer". And we at MDP believe that she will.
Annually 3 classes of 8th graders graduate from our Junior High
School program. 70% move on to attend the MDP High School and 30% are
reintegrated back into their local District's secondary programs.
Our students are enriched with a range of arts, career, life skills, athletic programs including:
- culinary arts
- intra and inter-mural sports
- ASPCA interaction day
- boat & fishing expedition
- holiday celebrations
- thematic curriculum
- off campus experiences which extend and reinforce our emphasis on language arts, social skills, science, math, social studies and the arts.
MDP's emphasis on developing the whole child is seen everyday in our school experience that seeks to enhance every part of the child: intellectual, social, emotional and physical.