The Milton School is a non-profit, non-sectarian day school dedicated to empowering students in grades 5-12 to gain the academic and social skills they will need to flourish as independent and emotionally stable adults.

Established in 1968, The Milton School serves students whose learning, behavioral or social problems have prevented them from enjoying a successful educational experience in their schools’ regular or special classes.  Some may have difficulty relating appropriately to peers or teachers; others may have attention deficits or an inability to process information effectively; still others may suffer from depression or excessive shyness.

But no matter what issues have hampered their academic progress to date, at The Milton School all students are respected as individuals with potential for academic achievement and personal growthThe comprehensive curriculum is designed not only to meet the particular learning needs of the students, but also the requirements of their school systems’ individualized educational plans.  The program of study includes all courses required for high school proficiency in basic skills, along with college preparatory courses.  Electives such as art, crafts, drama and board games provide additional opportunities for learning and creative expression.  SAT preparation is also part of the curriculum, and vocational and college guidance are provided.

The Milton School staff incorporates the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards into their course instruction so that content and strategies meet the new state standards.  The curriculum integrates the New Jersey Core Curriculum in order to meet the new state standards.

All classes at The Milton School are small – the maximum class size is nine.  Students with similar individualized educational programs learn together, their lessons paced according to their particular abilities:  students who are easily distracted, for example, may be assigned tasks in small sequential steps, while those with advanced abilities may be given additional enrichment assignments.  Critical thinking and writing are emphasized in all courses, along with the importance of effective planning, organizational and study skills.


The program of instruction is complemented by a relaxed and exceptionally nurturing learning environment.  Teachers act as role models, responding to behavioral and social issues inside and outside the classroom with warmth, tact and resourcefulness.  Certified in special education – and in many cases, in their subject area as well – faculty utilize the teaching methods best suited to their students, often working with them one-on-one to enhance opportunities for academic success.  Teachers also work individually with students to promote emotional stability and appropriate interactions with peers and adults.  A School Psychologist is on staff to provide individual as well as group consultations.

The long-range goal of The Milton School is to return students to their sending public school systems; but those who are graduated receive their districts’ diplomas as well as a Milton School diploma.  More importantly, all have been prepared for employment or further study at a vocational school or college.  These young men and women depart with the academic and social skills they will need to embrace the challenges that await them as adults with confidence.