ADD/ADHD, Autism, Aspergers, Behavior, Intellectual/Cognitive Disabilities, LD/Dyslexia, Psychiatric/Mood Disorders, Speech/Apraxia
Preschool, Elementary, Middle School, High School, 18-21
Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic, Union
Established in 1954, The Forum School is a private, non-profit, non-sectarian day program for developmentally atypical children from preschool through high school. We offer a therapeutic educational environment for children whose educational needs cannot be met in their local district. Psycho-educational and behavioral techniques are utilized along with a structured, stimulating curriculum appropriate to each student’s level. Classes are small and ungraded. The staff to student ratio of each class is based upon the age and ability levels of the students. The Forum School is in session from September to June and has an optional state approved summer day program in July. Sleepaway programs are also offered.
In addition to the Director and supervisory personnel, all staff members are certified and/or state approved skilled professionals from the fields of education, social work, psychology, psychiatry, nursing, speech, music, art, adapted physical education, and swim and water safety instruction. Teachers are certified in special education by the New Jersey Department of Education.
A Board of Trustees composed of concerned individuals from the business and professional community oversees the policies and operations of the school.
Referrals to The Forum School may be made by Child Study Teams, physicians, mental health professionals, or by parents. To consider a child for admission, the school requires copies of all recent evaluations.
The Forum School is founded upon a respect for each child with the understanding that development occurs at the child’s individual pace. This humanistic philosophy is based on a belief in the dignity, worth, and capacity for self-realization of every individual.