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Special Education in NJ

Educational Services: Testing, Tutors, Learning Disabilities, College, Homework Help
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Over one hundred and sixty specialized schools in New Jersey serve students aged 3-21 with disabilities. The New Jersey Department of Education monitors out of district school placements. In addition to the featured schools below, visit the New Jersey Department of Education website for a complete list of schools and info about state and federal regulations.

See listings under Education Services to locate resources for testing services, tutoring, educational support and information about learning disabilities. 

Formed in 2011, the Alliance of Private Special Education Schools of North Jersey is an alliance of state-approved private special education schools in northern and central New Jersey. Visit their website for assistance in finding appropriate schools and information about the referral process. 973-407-0596

Independent of or in collaboration with the home school district, special education parent groups meet for support, advocacy and education. Many host professional speakers and workshops throughout the school year and welcome parents of neighboring districts. See listings under Education Services–LD Support for some of the most active groups.

Members of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) include therapeutic schools, residential treatment schools, wilderness programs, outdoor therapeutic programs, young adult programs and home-based residential programs for troubled teens and adolescents. Visit website for information and to find a program.

The Allegro School
125 Ridgedale Ave., Cedar Knolls, 973-267-8060. Autism/PDD ages 3-21.

The ARC
The Arc of New Jersey
See listing under Special Needs Health.
• The Arc of Essex
  123 Naylon Ave., Livingston, 973-535-1181. 
• The Arc of Hunterdon County 
  The Concourse at Beaver Brook, 1465 Route 31 Annandale, 908-730-7827.
• The Arc of Middlesex
  219 Black Horse Lane, Suite 1, North Brunswick, 732-821-1199.
• The Arc of Morris County
  PO Box 123, Morris Plains, NJ 07950, 973-326-9750.
• The Arc of Somerset
  141 S. Main St., Manville, 908-725-8544.  
• The Arc of Union
  52 Fadem Rd., Springfield, 973-315-0000.

Banyan School
12 Hollywood Ave., Fairfield, 973-439-1919.

Bonnie Brae School
Liberty Corner, 908-647-0800. Residential treatment center for adolescent boys.

The Calais School
45 Highland Ave., Whippany, 973-884-2030. K-12.

Center School
580 Old York Rd., Branchburg, 908-253-3870. K-12, post high school work readiness transition program.

The Child Development Center
60 West St., Bloomfield, 973-429-8110. Ages 5-21.

The Children’s Institute
One Sunset Ave., Verona, 973-509-3050. Ages 3-21.

The Craig School
10 Tower Hill Rd., Mountain Lakes, 973-334-1295. Grades: 3-12. Enrollment: 150. Student/teacher ratio: 4 to 1. The Craig School provides a strategy-based, college prep school experience that acknowledges learning disabilities, builds on aptitudes and strengthens self-awareness. We help our parents assess and understand learning disabilities and provide an internal support network.

The Community School
Lower School: 11 W. Forest Ave., Teaneck, 201-837-8070. High School: 1135 Teaneck Rd., Teaneck, NJ 07666, 201-862-1796. K-12.

Crossroads School
45 Cardinal Dr., Westfield, 908-232-6655.

Deron School of New Jersey
1140 Commerce Ave., Union, 908-206-0444. Ages 5-13; 130 Grove St., Montclair, 973-509-2777. Ages 13-21.

Developmental Learning Center
Mountain View Rd., Warren Twp., 908-. Built by the Morris-Union Jointure Commission to serve the needs of autistic students ages 3-12 from 28 constituent school districts.

ECLC of New Jersey
21 Lum Ave., Chatham, 973-635-1700.; 302 N. Franklin Tnpk., Ho-Ho-Kus, 201-670-7880. Ages 5-21.

First Children School
330 South Ave., Fanwood, 908-654-2470.

Garfield Park Academy
24 Glenolden Lane, Willingboro, 609-877-4111. A New Jersey state approved, not-for-profit school provides effective, evidence-based special education services for students in grades K-12 who have a history of learning, social, emotional and behavioral challenges.

The Gow School
2491 Emery Rd., South Wales, NY, 716-652-3450. Boys grades 7-12.

Holmstead School
14 Hope St., Ridgewood, NJ 07450, 201-447-1696. 8-12.

Horizon School
51 Old Rd., Livingston, 973-740-2353. Ages 3-21.

Lake Drive School
10 Lake Dr., Mountain Lakes, 973-299-0166. Deaf & hard of hearing students birth through high school.

The Lewis School
53 Bayard Lane, Princeton, 609-924-8120. Preschool to adult.

Lord Stirling School
Lord Stirling Rd., Basking Ridge, 908-766-1786. Ages 7-21.

Mary A. Dobbins School
243 Pine St., Mount Holly, NJ 08060, 609-267-1550. Grades 6-12.

Matheny Medical & Educational Center
65 Highland Ae., PO Box 339, Peapack, 908-234-0011, ext. 237 or 721. Special education school designed to provide academics, combined with functional life skills for students, ages 3-12, with medically complex developmental disabilities.

McAuley School for Exceptional Children
1633 Rt. 22, Watchung, 908-754-4114.

The Midland School
94 Readington Rd., Branchburg, 908-722-8222. Ages 5-21.

Milton School
346 E. Mt. Pleasant Ave., Livingston, 973-422-1772. Grades 7-12.

Montgomery Academy
188 Mt. Airy Rd., Basking Ridge, 908-766-0362.

Newmark Schools
Newmark K-8, 365 Emerson Ave., Plainfield, 908-753-0330; Newmark High School, 132 Emerson St., Carteret, 732-541-5112.

P.G. Chambers School
15 Halko Dr., Cedar Knolls, 973-829-8484. Ages birth-22.

Princeton Child Development Institute
300 Cold Soil Rd., Princeton, 609-924-6280. Autism children-adults.

Rock Brook School
109 Orchard Rd., Skillman, 908-431-9500. Ages 5-14.

Shepard Schools
2 Miller Rd., Kinnelon, 973-850-6130; 8 Columbia St., Morristown, 973-984-1600. Ages 10-21.

Somerset Hills Learning Institute
1810 Burnt Mills Rd., Bedminster, 908-719-6400. Serves children and young adults with autism.

Summit Speech School
705 Central Ave., New Providence, 908-508-0011. Ages: Birth-5 yrs. Tuition: Parent/infant program–no cost; Preschool–school district pays tuition or sliding scale.
   The Summit Speech School is a private, non-profit school for hearing-impaired children from birth through five years of age, providing an auditory/oral program to develop language, speech and residual hearing.

The Winston School
100 East Lane, Short Hills, 973-379-4114. Grades 3-8.