Who We Are

Cornerstone Day School is a private therapeutic school for students in grades 5-12 with major emotional and psychiatric problems. 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 a feeling that one must sacrifice academics or clinical treatment because therapeutic schools typically favor one at the expense of the other. We have created the Cornerstone Experience so that students and their parents do not have to make compromises. We provide each student with an outstanding academic, school and treatment experience. Above all, Cornerstone looks and feels like a “real” school with all of the activities, electives, sports teams, field trips, events and opportunities that define traditional school life, coupled with outstanding academics and state of the art psychiatric treatment.

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.

However, we do not measure our success at Cornerstone simply by providing our students with a rewarding and satisfying school experience. We measure our success by preparing each student for life after Cornerstone. Whether it is to return to their public school, enter college or begin working, we only consider Cornerstone a success when students leave us with all of the skills and tools necessary to be independent, flourish and achieve everything to which they and their parents aspire.

Cornerstone accepts students with significant psychiatric and emotional problems who cannot function within a public school setting. Students are not appropriate for Cornerstone if they have a primary diagnosis of oppositional defiant or conduct disorder, an active alcohol/drug abuse diagnosis or who are dangerous to others in any way.

Cornerstone Day School is the only school in New Jersey that is accredited academically and licensed to provide mental health services. Cornerstone is accredited by the Middle States Association (MSA), the Advanced Education Association (AdvancedED) and the National Independent Private School Association (NIPSA) and licensed as an outpatient mental health treatment facility by the New Jersey State Division of Mental Health.

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

What Parents Say

I know that it has only been 6 months, but I felt that I had to write to you. I don’t think that I really believed you when you told me that when the school was designed, its cornerstone was that its founders wanted the program to be as if it were designed for their own children.  Being in the field, I thought that it was a very nice PR thing to say, but now that 6 months have passed our experience (and I speak for our family) is that it was not just PR but in fact it’s the reality of the school.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Parent: South Orange, NJ