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”. When selecting an alternative school, one must frequently 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. We have created the Cornerstone Experience so these compromises do not have to be made. We provide an outstanding academic and treatment program and above all, Cornerstone looks and feels like a traditional school with all of the activities, electives, outdoor picnic and play fields, school events, sports teams and field trips that define traditional school life. 
We, however, measure our success not by only providing students with a rewarding school experience but also by preparing each student for life after Cornerstone. We only consider Cornerstone a success when students leave ready to be independent, flourish and achieve everything to which they and their parents aspire.
Cornerstone is the only therapeutic school in New Jersey that is 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 and accredited by the Middle States Association, the Advanced Education Association  and the National Independent Private School Association.


Pathways at Cornerstone Day School