Cornerstone accepts students with significant psychiatric and emotional problems who have struggled in a public-school setting. Students who have a have a primary diagnosis of oppositional defiant or conduct disorder, an active alcohol/drug abuse problem or are deemed dangerous to others cannot be enrolled at Cornerstone. 

If you feel that Cornerstone might be an appropriate placement for a child with psychiatric or emotional problems, please call Cornerstone at 908-543-0220 to learn more about our school and/or schedule an initial visit.

Cornerstone Day School does not discriminate based on race, creed, gender, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation.

Initial Visit

Upon arrival in the initial visit, the prospective student, his/her parents/guardian and district representative meet with the top administrators in the school: Executive Director, Director of Clinical Services and School Principal. The purpose of the intake process is for all parties involved to get acquainted and determine if Cornerstone an appropriate placement for the student. The process includes a clinical assessment, interview of the family and student, an orientation of the clinical and academic services provided by CDS and a tour of the school. Once this process is complete, typically a decision is made determining student acceptance.

Tuition and Naples Funding

For nearly all students, tuition is paid by the student’s home school district, which is authorized through a section of the NJ educational law called the Naples Act (NJ18A:46-14).

This 30-year-old act broadened the scope of private schools where special needs students could be placed, thus allowing for a better fit between the child and the school and increasing the likelihood of a successful outcome.

Placements under the Naples Act have been used throughout New Jersey to fund students’ education since 1989 and are commonplace and done every year by many districts in the State.

Since Cornerstone opened in 2006, over 120 school districts in New Jersey have placed students through the use of the Naples Act.

Cornerstone School Districts

Over 125 school districts have enrolled students at Cornerstone since we began. Below is a partial listing of these school districts.

AlpineIrvingtonPascack Valley
BayonneKinnelonPassaic Valley Reg.
BergenfieldLakeland RegionalPequannock
Berkeley HeightsLincoln ParkPerth Amboy
Bernards TownshipLindenPlainfield
ButlerMahwahRiver Dell Reg. HS
Cedar GroveMatawan-AberdeenRockaway Twp.
CliftonMidland ParkRumson
Colts NeckMontclairSaddle Brook
CranfordMontgomery Twp.Sayreville
Delaware ValleyMontvilleScotch Plains-Fanwood
DenvilleMorris HillsSomerset Hills
East RutherfordMorris KnollsSouth Hackensack
ElizabethMorris PlainsSouth Orange-Maplewood
Elmwood ParkMorristownSouth Plainfield
Fair LawnMount ArlingtonSparta
Fort LeeMount OliveSpringfield
Franklin TownshipMountain LakesSummit
Freehold Twp.MountainsideTeaneck
Glen RidgeNewarkTenafly
Glen RockNew MilfordUnion
HackensackNorth ArlingtonVernon
HackettstownNorth BrunswickVerona
Hanover Park Reg. HSNorth Hunterdon-Voorhees Reg.Warren Hills Reg.
Harding TownshipNorth PlainfieldWatchung Hills Reg.
HarrisonNorth Star Academy, NewarkWayne
Hasbrouck HeightsNorthern Valley Reg.West Essex Regional
HawthorneNutleyWest Morris Regional
High Point RegionalOld BridgeWest New York
Highland ParkOradellWest Orange
Hunterdon Central Reg.Parsippany-Troy HillsWyckoff