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The Midland School

private special education school nj - Midland School logoThe Midland School
P.O. Box 5026
94 Readington Road
North Branch, NJ 08876


Population Served
ADD-ADHD, Autism, Aspergers, Behavior, Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Deafness, Downs Syndrome, Intellectual-Cognitive Disabilities, LD-Dyslexia, Medically Fragile, Physical Disabilities, Speech-Apraxia

Age Served
Elementary, Middle School, High School, 18-21, 21 and over

Counties Served
Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, Warren

private special education school nj - Midland School student hi-fiving teacherProgram Description
The Midland School opened its doors in 1960 for two students with developmental disabilities. Today the school serves approximately 200 students from central and northern New Jersey. The School is approved by the New Jersey Department of Education and was twice honored by the United States Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.

private special education school nj - Midland School student with teachers learning outsideLocated on 57 picturesque acres in central New Jersey, The Midland School is designed for children with special needs. The campus includes athletic fields, a playground, a student garden, a picnic area and swimming pool. There is a separate work center and facilities for teaching independent living skills.

The school provides a comprehensive education in reading, mathematics, language arts, social studies, science, music, art, general shop, and adaptive physical education. Programs to develop self-help and daily living skills with community based instruction and experiences enhance the student’s ability to function independently in the community.

Health services are provided by school nurses in direct care, and counseling. Psychological and social work services are available for students, parents, and families. Speech and language therapy and activities improve receptive and expressive language skills. A consultative occupational therapy model is integrated into all aspects of the program. Social and recreational experiences are provided on weekends and after school. Family support programs including weekend respites for students, informational workshops for parents, and family picnics and special events are held throughout the year.

Midland has a career program that helps students develop the skills and behaviors to prepare them for the world of work. Career clusters simulate work experiences in different areas including clerical work, maintenance, manufacturing, food preparation, data entry, recycling, horticulture, imprinting and many others.

When students reach age 18, they move from “simulated” jobs to actual job placements in the greater community. Students experience 12 or more job placements before graduation. At age 20, students enter a transition class where the focus is preparing and assisting them in the process of moving from school to work in their community. In addition to the school program, Midland Adult Services provides community housing, job training, job placement services, and social/recreational activities to support and enrich the lives of Midland graduates and other adults with special needs.