Best Kept Secret

A magnificent tapestry of touching relationships more like mother and child than student-teacher.


Best Kept Secret

In Best Kept Secret, a Newark, New Jersey high school teacher struggles to prepare her students with autism to survive in the world that awaits them once they graduate.

At JFK High School, located in the midst of a run-down area in Newark, New Jersey’s largest city, administrators answer the phone by saying, “You’ve reached John F. Kennedy High School, Newark’s Best Kept Secret.” And indeed, it is. JFK is a school for all types of students with special education needs, ranging from those on the autism spectrum to those with multiple disabilities.

Janet Mino has taught her class of six young autistic men for 4 years. They must graduate from JFK in the spring of 2012. The clock is ticking to find them a place in the adult world – a job or rare placement in a recreational center - so they do not end up where their predecessors have, sitting at home, institutionalized, or on the streets.
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Samantha Buck

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