About Us

Stepping Stone School was founded in 1978 to fulfill a need for services for students with significant behavior and other learning needs in western and central New Jersey. We are a private, non-profit, non-discriminatory day school with a therapeutic emphasis. The school is governed by the Board of Trustees of Elnorah, Inc. An individualized instructional and therapeutic program is provided as an integral part of the school experience. More than 1,100 students, as well as their families have benefited from the program since its inception. The Stepping Stone Program strives to create an appropriate balance between a student's emotional and academic needs. The school climate is based on trust, caring, cooperation and respect for the individual needs of each child. A cognitive behavioral approach is used with students to teach them about their emotional needs while at the same time reinforcing appropriate behaviors. Classroom activities are organized, individualized, and supported through ongoing counseling and social skill building activities.

We specialize in serving children identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delays, Health Impairments, Multiple Disabilities, Speech and Language Impairments, Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities, ADD and ADHD.

Stepping Stone School is a New Jersey State approved private school for educationally handicapped students. Students are referred to Stepping Stone in collaboration with the Child Study Team and parents of the sending public schools. The child's home district is responsible for the tuition of the child attending. There is no tuition cost to the family. Fund raising campaigns, grants and donations help add to our financial base.

Stepping Stone School provides all its students, a state certified program, with a curriculum aligned to fulfill the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS). In addition, Stepping Stone School complies with The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA).

Individualized instruction through small class settings with a special education teacher and at least one full time aide in each room.

  • Intensive individual and group counseling for students and families.
  • Speech correction
  • Affective education
  • School-to-work skills and career awareness
  • Social skills development
  • Problem solving training
  • Behavior modification for personal responsibility development
  • Physical education with emphasis on exercise, health and nutrition
  • Extended school year program
  • Support and encouragement with every endeavor
  • College preparation for students who will pursue post secondary education.
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