Integrating State of the Art Psychiatric Treatment With Outstanding Academics in a Dynamic School Environment

To learn more, or to refer a student, contact Jennifer Hayes, our Director of Enrollment, at 908-543-0220 Ext 200 or

Parents, Students and Educators
What They Say

“Though I didn’t know it at the time, CDS meant everything to me. Ultimately, I was the one who made the choice to turn my life around and go down a new path.”
Student, Fort Lee, NJ

“I want to personally thank you for all of your help with this very difficult family. Their son is in great need of treatment and I know both parents are comforted by the high level of care that he will receive at Cornerstone. For them I know that they see the 24/7 hot line as a godsend: Mom said that it’s the first time that she can really sleep at night.”

Case Manager, Essex County, NJ

“Cornerstone meant a lot to me. It taught me how to cope. It has truly made me the person I am today, and I couldn’t be more grateful.”

Student, Union, NJ

Cornerstone Day School Seal

Cornerstone Day School is a private therapeutic school for students in grades 5-12 with significant emotional and psychiatric challenges. Since its founding in 2006, Cornerstone has created a unique setting for these students and has built a reputation for clinical and academic excellence.

At the heart of what makes Cornerstone so unique is “The Cornerstone Experience.” One of the biggest disappointments when searching for an alternative school is that one must sacrifice academics or clinical treatment because therapeutic schools typically favor one at the expense of the other and, regardless, don’t offer the activities and electives that add so much to school life. The Cornerstone Experience was created so these compromises do not have to be made. We do not just meet the NJ Student Learning Standards; we provide a rigorous academic program for the full range of student academic profiles that result in Cornerstone students meeting or exceeding their home district expectations. We provide a comprehensive treatment program utilizing evidence-based treatment methods delivered by highly experienced mental health professionals under the direction of board-certified child psychiatrists that resolve the emotional struggles that brought the student to Cornerstone. However, above all, Cornerstone looks and feels like a traditional school that is significantly reinforced by our Enrichment Program, which has all of the activities, electives, outdoor playing fields, school events, sports teams, and field trips that define traditional school life and add so much to a child’s self-esteem.

The Cornerstone Experience conveys the message that we know is so important to our students: they are in a unique school that fully addresses their academic, clinical, and social needs and, most of all, one in which they can take great pride.

We measure our success by providing students with a rewarding and satisfying school experience and preparing each student for life after Cornerstone. We only consider Cornerstone a success when students leave with all the skills and tools necessary to be independent, flourish, and achieve everything they and their parents aspire to.

Cornerstone is the only therapeutic school in New Jersey licensed by the State Division of Mental Health to provide treatment, offering a unique level of confidence in the quality of care delivered. Cornerstone is also a Chapter of the National Honor Society for Middle and High School programs. We are accredited by the Middle States Association, Cognia, and the National Independent Private School Association.


Pathways at Cornerstone Day School