Off campus learning takes place in the form of unpaid, school-sponsored, Structured Learning Experiences, or SLEs.

SLEs are a major part of daily life at the New Road School of Parlin.  Students go to SLE in two shifts, once in the morning, and once in the afternoon. We currently have over thirty students participating in SLE. The students are introduced to SLE in eleventh or twelfth grade, and continue until they graduate or are aged out. Some of our current business-partnerships include:

NRS Parlin student working in the community - private special education school in Parlin NJ

  • Spotswood ShopRite
  • ShopRite Bakery
  • Dunkin’ Donuts Rt. 9N
  • Bagel One
  • Total Home and Garden Center
  • Amazing Savings
  • Garden Friends Day Care
  • AC Moore
  • Ria Mar
  • Shopper’s World
  • Olive Garden
  • Pop-in-Café
  • Dunkin’ Donuts Gateway
  • Mel’s Pet Parlor
  • Hometown Laundromat
  • Four Season Florist
  • Maureen’s Candies
  • Auto Team
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Raritan Bay Medical Center
  • Pulcinella Pizzeria

Once off campus the students work closely with job coaches, and a site mentor (business/agency manager). The SLE Teacher/Supervisor is responsible for writing the training plans, which include learning objectives, activities, and correlation to the Common Core Standards. Some of the activities that our students learn are:


  • Front-face items on shelf
  • Clean surface of shelf
  • Clean tables, floors
  • Arrange items on a shelf
  • Bag groceries
  • Stock shelves
  • Make candy
  • Plant and water flowers
  • Arrange bakery items on baking sheet
  • Read aloud to nursery school students
  • Prepare restaurant for opening
  • Wash the outside and vacuum the inside of cars
  • Work as a floral assistant

In addition to career preparation skills, students also learn work-related social skills. These skills include:

  • Asking for when needed
  • Greeting mentor and coworker upon arrival
  • Saying good-bye to mentor when leaving
  • Having appropriate informal conversations, “How was your weekend?”
  • Responding to questions
  • Maintaining a conversation