There is no educational compromise for students at Cornerstone

Our curriculum provides the full spectrum of academics and electives necessary for an exciting and quality education. Most important, students maintain the pace necessary to facilitate their eventual return to district, enter college or begin working.

Our high school is for students in grades 9-12 and our middle school is for students in grades 5-8. Cornerstone has a 12-month school year so that the academic and therapeutic gains made during the regular school year can be sustained and enhanced over the summer.

Classroom Approach

Cornerstone Day School meets all of the NJ state core curriculum requirements through an individualized course of study for each student. Subject teachers are highly qualified and special education certified. Class sizes range from six to ten students. Nearly all classes have a teacher and a teacher assistant.

Cornerstone offers a unique approach to classroom learning with the use of the Scaffolding Approach in our high school and the Responsive Classroom Approach in our middle school.

The Scaffolding Approach emphasizes the transferring of the responsibility for learning from the teacher to the student, which gives the student the tools necessary to become a more independent learner, a skill necessary for post-high school life.

The middle school embraces the Responsive Classroom approach, which creates a classroom setting which is not just academic but a vibrant social and emotional environment.

Academic Support

All students entering Cornerstone undergo testing to determine if there are unidentified learning needs. When found, a unique prescriptive program is designed and implemented. Students who are struggling academically can receive differentiated tutoring, 1:1 instructional assistance and intensive academic support.

Positive Behavior Reinforcement

Cornerstone has a school-wide behavioral support program which includes scholarship, community service, leadership, and character development.


Cornerstone is accredited by the Middle States Association (MSA), AdvancedED, and the National Independent Private School Association (NIPSA).

What Students Say

Cornerstone taught me how to cope and be able to accept the way things are and just go with it. I am a better person than I ever was and I could not be more grateful.
Student: Livingston, NJ
communication, counselling, group therapy
In class, the teachers tailor their teaching methods to what the student requires and constantly look for opportunities on which to capitalize.
Parent: Maplewood, NJ