Warren Glen Academy is a New Jersey State approved private school for special needs students. Students are referred to Warren Glen Academy 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.
Warren Glen Academy provides all its students a state certified program, with a curriculum aligned to fulfill the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS). In addition, Warren Glen Academy complies with The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA).
A Little History
Why Warren Glen is Exceptional
Formerly called the Stepping Stone School and founded in 1978, the Warren Glen Academy has a rich history of more than 40 years, which more than 1,100 students and their families have benefited from the school’s programs. Governed by the Elnorah, Inc. Board of Trustees, the Warren Glen Academy is an Approved Private School for Students with Disabilities (APSSD), non-discriminatory and non-profit private placement school, funded by students’ home districts and private donations. This means there is never any tuition cost to you or your child.
Warren Glen Academy utilizes the Glasser Approach, a cognitive behavioral methodology based on trust, caring, cooperation, and respect for the individual learner. We work with students to teach them about their individual emotional needs while at the same time reinforcing appropriate behavioral choices.
As a result, we focus on balancing students’ emotional and academic needs, with classroom activities designed to accommodate individual instruction while also supporting ongoing counseling and social skill building activities. This approach is especially effective for students identified with Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delays, Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities, Health Impairments, Speech and Language Impairments, or Multiple Disabilities, but works well for any student who is currently being educationally deprived at their current school.
As noted previously, there is never any tuition cost to you or your child. Students are referred to the Warren Glen Academy in collaboration with the Child Study Team and parents of the child from the sending school district; the child’s home school district is responsible for the tuition of the child attending. Fund raising campaigns, grants, and donations help Warren Glen Academy provide additional services beyond those for which home districts are obligated to pay.
Our “Job Exploration Transition” program (or JET) assists students between the ages of 16-21 to fulfill graduation requirements and develop life skills. This is part of what makes Warren Glen Academy special—the way we address gaps in life skills and learning opportunities in a way public schools simply cannot.
For instance, in addition to regular counseling and cognitive behavioral therapy to better empower students in making good choices, Warren Glen Academy offers therapy dogs, community outreach programs, industrial arts, tech programming (including coding, drones, 3-D printing, and robotics), art and music infused programs, plus physical education and adaptive physical education to help students individually develop their whole self.
Our staff is an incredibly experienced staff, and know every student regardless of grade level. There are no strangers at Warren Glen Academy, and that close family atmosphere helps students know they are accepted for who they are, making them better able to make responsible, accountable choices as they work through the curriculum. Additionally, because all instruction is individualized, no student ever falls behind. The state-certified curriculum aligns to fulfill all New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) while also allowing students to work at the pace that fits their needs best. For students who need more time, Warren Glen Academy offers both an extended school year program and a “Job Exploration Transition” program (JET), both of which help ensure a high graduation rate and 100% compliance with New Jersey state standards—something very few schools in the state can say.
At Warren Glen Academy, we see the students as students, as opposed to children with special needs or behavioral challenges. As a result, we can better enhance student accountability than traditional special ed classrooms. We help empower students to accept responsibility of their choices and make better choices in the future.
Additionally, our culture reduces pressure on the child. At Warren Glen Academy, we accept our students for who they are, rather than forcing them to fit into a mainstream setting. We consequently better help students relate to one another, which promotes better learning and behavior. It’s no surprise our graduation rates are far higher than special needs students who are forced into inclusion education in public schools. In fact, many of our students go on to college or technical schools. Those who do not follow an academic path leave Warren Glen Academy with life skills that empower them in full-time careers.
So why Warren Glen Academy? Because your child deserves better. Your child deserves more than what they are currently receiving in public school. Your child deserves to be accepted and embraced for where they are now and where they can achieve to go. At Warren Glen Academy they will succeed.
About Warren Glen Academy
Our Management Team
Dr. Randy Pratt
Dr. Randy Pratt earned his Doctorate in Education from Seton Hall University in 1992 and has Masters and Bachelor’s degrees from William Paterson University. During his 28 years in public education Dr. Pratt has held leadership and professional positions during his career as a coach, teacher, Principal, Child Study Team Coordinator, Assistant Superintendent, and Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Pratt has taught Graduate level classes at the collegiate level at Felician University prior to his appointment as the Executive Director to Stepping Stone School early in 2012, now known as Warren Glen Academy. Dr. Pratt has received distinct recognition and published in both academic and professional journals and presented at State and National Conferences.
School Social Worker
Mrs. Dragotta earned her Master’s in Social Work from New York University in 2011. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Centenary University and successfully passed the Social Work masters level exam becoming a Licensed Social Worker. While in college Mrs. Dragotta interned at North Warren Regional High School in N.J. and Astor Adolescent Day Treatment Program in the Bronx, N.Y. Mrs. Dragotta worked in the public-school setting after her graduation as a School Social Worker until her employment began at Warren Glen Academy in May of 2013.