SCHOOLS of EXCELLENCE

Schools of Excellence Award

2021 School Year Application Period is Now Closed

Applications for 2022 School Year Will Start in January 2022

Since 2008, the National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) has annually bestowed upon qualified licensed private special education schools throughout the United States the distinction of being selected as a NASET School of Excellence.  Selection as a NASET School of Excellence is the highest honor a private special education school can achieve through our professional association.  The recognition is bestowed on private special education schools that meet rigorous professional criteria and have demonstrated truly exceptional dedication, commitment and achievement in the field of special education. (see a list of past recipients)

NASET annually completes a screening process of various private special education schools in the United States.  Upon preliminary review, certain select schools will be notified that they appear to meet the criteria as NASET Schools of Excellence.  Upon notification, the schools will need to complete an application form for verification of the information obtained by NASET.


The following are the 13 eligibility criteria a private special education school must meet to be a NASET School of Excellence:

I. Licensure: All NASET Schools of Excellence must be licensed by their respective State Department of Education.

II. Licensure of Professionals: All NASET Schools of Excellence employ special education professionals who are certified or licensed in their respective professions.

III.  Student Population: All NASET Schools of Excellence educate students with disabilities and or disorders.  This includes, but is not limited to, individuals diagnosed with:

Autism Deaf-Blindness
Developmental Delays Emotional Disturbance
Health Impairments Hearing Impairments (Including Deafness)
Learning Disabilities Intellectual Disabilities
Multiple Disabilities Orthopedic Impairments
Speech and Language Impairments Traumatic Brain Injury
Visual Impairments

IV.  Enrollment Size: All NASET Schools of Excellence are schools dedicated to meeting the individual and unique needs of their students.

V.  Staff/Student Ratio: All NASET Schools of Excellence have a very small Staff/Student Ratio.

VI.  Age of Students: All NASET Schools of Excellence serve a student age population, with all students being between 3 to 21 years of age.

VII.  Related Services:  All NASET Schools of Excellence provide various types of related services for their students including, but not limited to:

Audiology Cochlear Implant Services
Counseling Deaf Community Interaction
Evening Tutorial Program Local Mainstreaming opportunities
Occupational Therapy Physical Therapy
Psychological Services Speech, Sign Language Services
Transportation Vocational Evaluation

VIII.  Curriculum: All NASET Schools of Excellence ensure that students receive a well rounded curriculum to meet the specific needs of each individual student with a disability.

IX.  Length of Operations: All NASET Schools of Excellence have been in existence for at least 5 or more years.

X.  Number of Months Open: All NASET Schools of Excellence are open a minimum of 10 months out of the calendar year.

XI.  Multiculturalism: All NASET Schools of Excellence seek to provide a multicultural environment.

XII.  Affiliations and Memberships: All NASET Schools of Excellence are affiliated and/or have memberships in other professional associations and organizations.

XIII.  Admissions Procedures: All NASET Schools of Excellence have a specific admissions procedure that they follow and adhere to in accepting the students in their programs.

All private special education schools that are distinguished as a NASET School of Excellence will receive a certificate of this honor.  They will also be included on our website and the website of The National Association of Parents with Children in Special Education (www.napcse.org) as a NASET School of Excellence (If you would like an engraved plaque for parents, students, teachers, and administrators to see proudly hanging in your school, one can be ordered).

All NASET School of Excellence applications for the 2019-2020 academic year must be received by May 15, 2019.

There is an application processing fee (peer review of materials) of $250.00 required of all candidates for the NASET School of Excellence.  ***Please note that if your school is not selected as a NASET School of Excellence, the entire processing fee of $250.00 will be returned to you. Checks should be made out to NASET.

For more information, contact us at 1-800-754-4421 ext.106 or email to awards@naset.org

If you believe your school meets the Eligibility Criteria and you would like to apply as a NASET School of Excellence., you may fill out the applications that are available to download at the top of this page.

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Selection as a NASET School of Excellence is the highest honor a private special education school can achieve through our professional association.  The recognition is bestowed on private special education schools that meet rigorous professional criteria and have demonstrated truly exceptional dedication, commitment and achievement in the field of special education. **

To learn more about the NASET Schools of Excellence - CLICK HERE

After review by NASET, the following schools have been accepted as NASET Schools of Excellence for 2021-2022


Academy of Whole Learning

3500 Williston Rd.
Minnetonka, MN 55345
952-737-6900
Learn More - Click Here or www.aowl.org

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ADAPT Community Network - Bronx Children's Program

1770 Stillwell Avenue
Bronx, NY 10469
718-652-9790
Learn Morewww.adaptcommunitynetwork.org

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ADAPT Community Network - Brooklyn Children's Program

160 Lawrence Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11230
718-436-7979
Learn Morewww.adaptcommunitynetwork.org

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ADAPT Community Network - Brooklyn School Age Program

175 Lawrence Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11230
718-436-7979
Learn Morewww.adaptcommunitynetwork.org

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ADAPT Community Network - Manhattan Children's Program

80 West End Avenue
New York, NY 10023
646-740-2525
Learn Morewww.adaptcommunitynetwork.org

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ADAPT Community Network - Staten Island Children's Program

281 Port Richmond Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10302
718-442-6006
Learn Morewww.adaptcommunitynetwork.org

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Advance Learning Academy

3451 Charlie Smith Sr Hwy
St. Marys, GA 31558
912-882-5327
Learn More- www.advancelearningcenter.org

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Andrus Orchard School

1156 North Broadway
Yonkers, NY  10701
914-965-3700
Learn More - www.andrus1928.org

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The Arc of Essex County's Stepping Stones School

19 Harrison Ave
Roseland, NJ 07068
862-210-8781
Learn More - www.steppingstonesnj.org

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Archway Programs

280 Jackson Rd
Atco, NJ 08004
856-767-5757
Learn Morewww.archwayprograms.org

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Astor Learning Center

6339 Mill Street, P.O. Box 5005
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
845-871-1032
Learn More - Click Here or www.astorservices.org

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Atlantis Academy Palm Beaches

1950 Prarie Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
561-642-3100
Learn More - atlantisacademy.com

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The Austin Centers for Exceptional Students (The ACES)

6815 W. Cactus Road
Peoria, AZ  85381
623-937-5090
Learn More - www.austincenters.com

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Barber National Institute - Elizabeth Lee Black School

100 Barber Place
Erie, PA 16507
814-453-7661
Learn Morewww.barberinstitute.org

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The Barry Robinson Center

443 Kempsville Road
Norfolk, VA 23502
757-455-6155
Learn Morewww.barryrobinson.org

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Beacon Day School

24 Centerpointe Drive
La Palma, CA 90623
714-288-4200
Learn More - Click Here Or www.beacondayschool.com

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Benedictine School

14299 Benedictine Lane
Ridgely, MD 21660
410-634-2112
Learn More- www.benschool.org

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Benway School

620 Valley Road
Wayne, NJ 07470
973-633-3837
Learn More - Click here or  www.benwayschool.org

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The Birchtree Center

215 Commerce Way, Suite 300
Portsmouth, NH 03801
603-433-4192
Learn More - Click here or www.birchtreecenter.org

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Block Institute School

376 Bay 44th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11214
718-906-5400
Learn More - www.blockinstitute.org

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Brookfield Schools

1009 Berlin Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
856-795-8228
Learn MoreClick here or www.brookfieldschools.org

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Brookville Center for Children's Services

189 Wheatley Road
Brookville, NY 11545
516-626-1000
Learn More - Click Here or www.brookvillecenter.org

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Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center

50 E. North Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
716-885-8318
Learn Morewww.askbhsc.org

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Camperdown Academy

65 Verdae Commons Drive
Greenville, SC  29607
864-244-8899
Learn More - www.camperdown.org

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Center for Disability Services - Langan School at Prospect Center

133 Aviation Road
Queensbury, NY 12804
518-798-0170
Learn More - www.prospectcenter.com

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Center for School Crisis Intervention

1913 Northampton St
Holyoke, MA 01040
413-533-9500

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Center for Spectrum Services

70 Kukuk Lane
Kingston, NY 12401
845-336-2616
Learn More - www.centerforspectrumservices.org

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Chesapeake Bay Academy

821 Baker Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
757-497-6200
Learn More - Click Here or www.cba-va.org

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The Child School / Legacy High School

587 Main Street
Roosevelt Island, NY 10044
212-223-5055
To Learn MoreClick Here or www.thechildschool.org

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The Children's Center at UCP

9 Smith's Lane
Commack, NY 11725
631-543-2338
Learn More - www.ucp-li.org

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The Children's Center for Neurodevelopmental Studies

5430 W Glenn Drive
Glendale, AZ  85301
623-915-0345
Learn More - thechildrenscenteraz.org

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Children's Unit for Treatment and Evaluation

4400 Vestal Pkwy
Binghamton, NY 13902
607-777-2829
Learn More -  icd.binghamton.edu

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Clear View School & Day Treatment Cente

480 Albany State Road
Briarcliff Manor, NY  10510
914-941-9513
Learn More - clearviewschool.org

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Collier School

160 Conover Road
Wickatunk, NJ 07765
732-946-4771
Learn More - www.collieryouthservices.org

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Cornerstones of Care - Gillis Campus School

8150 Wornall Rd.    
Kansas City, MO  64114    
816-508-3500
Learn More - cornerstonesofcare.org

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The Cottage School

700 Grimes Bridge School
Rosewell, GA 30075
770-641-8688
Learn Morewww.cottageschool.org

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Del Sol School, Inc.

5400 Myra
Cypress, CA 90630
714-828-6400
Learn More - www.delsolschool.com

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The Deron School of NJ, Inc.

130 Grove St.
Montclair, NJ 07042
973-509-2777
To Learn MoreClick Here or www.deronschool.org

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The Deron School of NJ, Inc.

1140 Commerce Avenue
Union, NJ 07083
908-206-0444
To Learn MoreClick Here or www.deronschool.org

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Developmental Disabilities Institute

99 Hollywood Drive
Smithtown, NY 11787
631-366-2900
Learn More - Click Here or www.ddiny.org

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Durand School

230 N. Evergreen Avenue
Woodbury, NJ  08096
856-845-0666
Learn More - www.durandac.org

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Eagle Hill School

45 Glenville RD
Greenwich, CT 06831
203-622-9240
To Learn More - www.eaglehillschool.org

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East Valley Education Center

447 South 4th Ave
Oakdale, CA 95361
209-848-1834
To Learn More http://www.eastvalleyed.com/

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The Eden School

2 Merwick Rd
Princeton, NJ 08540
609-987-0099
Learn More - www.edenautism.org

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Elevation Ability Services

14415 E Smoky Hill Rd.
Aurora, CO 80015
720-524-7648
Learn More - elevationcolo.com

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Elizabeth Seton Children's School

300 Corporate Boulevard South    
Yonkers, NY  10701    
914-294-6171
Learn More - Click Here or  www.setonchildrens.org

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The Felician School for Exceptional Children

260 S. MAIN STREET
Lodi, NJ 07644
973-777-5355
Learn More - www.fsec.org

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The Fletcher Academy

400 Cedarview Court
Raleigh, NC 27609
919-782-5082
Learn More - Click Here or  tfaraleigh.org

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Garfield Park Academy

24 Glenolen Lane
Willingboro, NJ 08046
609-877-4111
Learn More - Click Here or  www.garfieldparkacademy.org

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Gateway Academy

3939 E Shea Blvd
Phoenix, AZ  85028
480-998-1071
Learn More - Click Here or www.gatewayacademy.us

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Genesee Lake School

36100 Genesee Lake Road
Oconomowac, WI 53066
262-569-5510
Learn More - www.geneseelakeschool.com

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The Gillen Brewer School

410 E 92nd Street
New York, NY  10128
212-831-3667
Learn MoreClick Here or  www.gillenbrewer.com

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The Gladys H. Oberle School

404 Willis Street
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
540-372-6710
Learn More - www.eri-va.com

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Greenwood School

9920 Regency Square Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32225
904-726-5000
Learn More - greenwoodjax.org

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Harbor School

240 B Broad St.
Eatontown, NJ  07724
732-544-9394
Learn More - www.harborschool.com

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Hayes Day School

3374 Franklin Avenue
Millbrook, NY  12545
845-677-3251
Learn More - www.hayesdayschool.org

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Henrietta G. Lewis Campus School

6395 Old Niagra Road
Lockport, NY 14094    
Telephone: 716-433-9592
Learn More - https://sites.google.com/hglcs.org/remote-learning/home

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High Point School of Bergen County

46 Spring Street
Lodi, NJ 07644
974-574-0334
Learn More - Click Here or www.highpointschool.com

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High Road School of Naperville

1550 Bond Street
Naperville, IL  60563
630-355-0200
Learn More - https://sesischools.com

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The Jardine Academy

75 Rod Smith Place
Cranford, NJ 07016
908-603-1460
Learn More - www.thecplinc.org/jardine.html

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Jeanine Schultz School

2101 W. Oakton Street
Park Ridge, IL 60068
847-696-3315

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Julie Billiart School Lyndhurst

4982 Clubside Rd.
Lyndhurst, OH  44124
216-691-8916
Learn More - Click Here or www.juliebilliartschool.org

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Krejci Academy

27555 Diehl Rd.
Warrenville, IL  60555
630-355-6870
Learn Morewww.littlefriendsinc.org

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Landmark School

429 Hale St.
Prides Crossing, MA 01965
978-236-3010
Learn More - Click Herewww.landmarkschool.org

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The League School of Greater Boston

300 Boston Providence Turnpike
Walpole, MA 02032
508-850-3900
Learn More - www.leagueschool.com

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Learning Prep School

1507 Washington St.
West Newton, MA 02465
617-965-0764
Learn More - Click Here or www.learningprep.org

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Life Development Institute

5940 W Union Hills Dr., D-200
Glendale, AZ 85308
623-773-2774
Learn More - Click Here or discoverldi.com

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Martin de Porres School for Exceptional Children

621 Elmont Road, Building B
Elmost NY, 11003
516-502-2840
Learn More - mdp.org

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Marygrove Services, Inc.

2705 Mullanphy Lane
Florissant, MO 63031
314-830-6203
Learn More - www.marygrovechildren.org

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Maryville Jen School

1150 N River Road
Des Plaines, IL 60016
847-390-3020
Learn Morewww.jenschool.org

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Melvin J Larson School

311 S Reed St
Joliet, IL 60436
815-744-3500
Learn Moreucp-cds.org

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Meredith-Dunn School

3023 Melbourne Ave.
Louisville, KY 40220
502-456-5819
Learn More - meredithdunnschool.org

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Miami Learning Experience School

5651 SW 82nd Avenue Rd
Miami, FL 33143
305-275-5900
Learn More - Click here or www.mleschool.org

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Monarch Academy    

275 N. Williamson Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
386-258-9664
Learn More - monarchacademy.us

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Morning Star Catholic School

930 Leigh Avenue
Orlando, FL 32804    
407-522-1700
Learn More - morningstarorlando.org

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Mount Carmel Guild Academy

100 Valley Way    West
Orange, NJ 07052
973-325-4400
Learn More - mcgacademy.net
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Naperville Bridge School

2221 W. 64th Street
Woodridge, IL 60517
(630) 824-4574
Learn More - https://www.abraxasyfs.com/community-based-programs.html#accordion1Collapse1
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The New England Center for Children

33 Turnpike Road
Southborough, MA 01772
508-481-1015
Learn More - www.necc.org
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New Story Berwick

218 West 6th St
Berwick, PA 18603
570-752-5002
Learn Morewww.newstory.com
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New Story Schools - Carlisle

346 York Road
Carlisle, PA  17013
717-408-9595
Learn More - www.newstory.com

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New Story Schools Dubois

460 Jeffers Street
Dubois, PA 15801
814-371-5387
Learn Morewww.newstory.com

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New Story Schools - Harrisburg, PA

2700 Commerce Drive    
Harrisburg, PA 17110    
717-901-9906
Learn Morewww.newstory.com

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New Story New Cumberland

774 Limekiln Rd.    
New Cumberland, PA 17070    
717-710-2222
Learn More - www.newstory.com

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New Story Schools - Lancaster

3710 Hempland Rd.    
Mountville, PA  17554    
717-405-3287
Learn Morewww.newstory.com

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New Story Schools- New Holland

1300 New Holland Road
Reading, PA 19562
484-663-5671
Learn More - www.newstory.com

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New Story Schools – Perkiomen Ave, Reading    

1245 Perkiomen Ave.    
Reading, PA 19602    
610-750-8350
Learn Morewww.newstory.com

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New Story Schools - Selinsgrove

297 Route 204
Selinsgrove, PA  17870
570-884-3615
Learn More - www.newstoryschools.com

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New Story Throop

751 Keystone Industrial Park Road
Throop, PA 18512
570-285-7709
Learn More - Click Here or www.newstory.com

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New Story - Wyoming   

1150 Wyoming Avenue    
Wyoming, PA 18644    
570-714-2350
Learn Morewww.newstory.com

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New Story Schools - Wyomissing Blvd. 

345 N. Wyomissing Blvd.    
Wyomissing, PA  19610    
610-396-3673
Learn Morewww.newstory.com

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NJEDDA Elementary and High School

1481 Main St.
Clifton, NJ 07011
973-772-2600
Learn More - www.njedda.org

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Northstar Academy

8055 Shrader Road
Richmond, VA 23294
804-747-1003
Learn More - Click Here or www.northstaracademy.net

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Northwest Essex Therapeutic School & Preschool

570 Belleville Avenue
Belleville, NJ 07109
973-450-3138
Learn More - www.northwestessextherapeuticschool.org

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Notre Dame of Dallas School

Notre Dame of Dallas School
2018 Allen St.
Dallas, TX 75024    
214-720-3911
Learn More - www.notredameschool.org

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NSSA - The Martin C. Barell School

80 Haupauge Road    
Commack, NY 11725    
631-462-0386
Learn More - www.nssa.net

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The Open Doorway Inc.

1480 South Military Trail, Suite B
West Palm Beach, FL 33415
561-434-2788
Learn More - www.theopendoorway.com

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Pennsylvania School for the Deaf

100 W. School House Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19144
215-951-4722
Learn More - Click here or www.psd.org

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Peter Pan Childcare and Learning Center

2500 S.W. 107 Ave. #17
Miami, FL  33165
305-227-7707

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Pine Hill School

1325 Bouret Drive
San Jose, CA 95118
408-979-8210
Learn more - www.secondstart.org

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Prime Time for Kids

70 Phillips Hill Road
New City, NY 10956
845-639-2425
Learn Morewww.arcofrockland.org

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Rock Brook School

109 Orchard Road
Skillman, NJ  08558
908-431-9500
Learn More - www.rock-brook.org

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The Ryken Educational Center

7100 Shore Road
Brooklyn, NY 11209
718-836-7100
Learn More - www.xaverian.org

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Sage School

800 Satellite Blvd. NW
Suwanee, GA 30024
678-314-3588
Learn More - sageschool.net

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School for Adaptive and Integrated Learning (SAIL) at Ferncliff Manor

1 Cross Road
Ardsley, NY 10502
914-591-5439
Learn More - Click Here or www.sailatferncliff.com

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The Scranton School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

537 Vernard Road    
Clarks Summit, PA  18411    
570-585-1000    
Learn More - www.thescrantonschool.org

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Speech and Language Development Center

8699 Holder Street
Buena Park, CA 90620
714-821-3620
Learn More - www.sldc.net

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The Spurwink School

365 River Road    
Lincoln, RI  02865    
(401) 781-4380    
Learn Morewww.thespurwinkschool.org

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St. Anne Institute

160 North Main Street
Albany, NY 12206
518-437-6500
Learn More - www.stanneinstitute.org

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The St. Anthony School

2030 N. Denton Dr.    
Carrollton, TX 75006    
214-443-1205
Learn More - thestanthonyschool.com

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St. Mary Academy

4380 Fruitville Rd.
Sarasota, FL 34232
941-366-4010
Learn More - www.stmarysarasota.org

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St. Michael Special School

1522 Chippewa Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
504-524-7285
Learn More - www.stmichaelspecialschool.com

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Stillwater Academy

11175 S Redwood Rd
South Jordan, UT 84095
801-484-9911
Learn More - www.turnaboutteens.org

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Sullivan House High School

8164 S. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60617
773-978-8680
Learn More - http://sullivanhousehschicago.com

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Tiegerman High School

87-25 136th Street
Richmond Hills, NY 11418
718-291-2807
Learn More - tiegerman.org

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Tiegerman Middle School

27 Cedar Swamp Road
Glen Cove, NY 11542
516-801-6915
Learn More - tiegerman.org

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Tiegerman Preschool/Elementary School

100 Glen Cove Avenue
Glen Cove, NY 11542
516-609-2000
Learn More - tiegerman.org

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Timber Ridge School

1463 New Hope Road
Cross Junction, VA 22625
540-888-3456
Learn More - www.timberridgeschool.org

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Town & Country School

8906 E. 34th Street
Tulsa, OK  74145
918-296-3113
Learn More - www.tandcschool.org

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Western Pennsylvania School For The Deaf

300 E. Swissvale Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15218
(412) 371-7000
Learn More - www.wpsd.org

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White Oak School

533 North Road
Westfield, MA 01085
413-562-9500
Learn More - www.whiteoakschool.org

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Wildwood School

2995 Curry Road Ext.
Schenectady, NY 12303
518-836-2200
Learn More - www.wildwoodprograms.org

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Willie Ross School for the Deaf

32 Norway Street
Longmeadow, MA 01106
413-567-0374
Learn Morewww.wrsdeaf.org

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Woodhouse Academy

4 Oxford Rd.    
Milford, CT 06460    
203-877-9121
Learn More - Click here or woodhouseacademy.com

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Woodward Children's Center

201 West Merrick Road    
Freeport, NY 11520    
516-379-0900
Learn More - www.woodwardchildren.org

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If you believe your school may qualify as a NASET School of Excellence and want to learn more - CLICK HERE


 

Past Recipients of the NASET Schools of Excellence Award

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The section of the NASET website on SCHOOLS OF EXCELLENCE is designed to provide users with information about specific private special education schools that have met certain standards as determined by NASET. The information included is provided free of charge as a user convenience and is to be used for informational purposes only. Some information may represent opinion or judgment or contain inadvertent technical oversights, factual inaccuracies, or typographical errors. The information regarding all SCHOOLS OF EXCELLENCE were reported by the respective schools, State Departments of Education, and a review of the documentation submitted by the schools.  As such, NASET does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of any information on the NASET website. NASET will not be responsible for any errors, inaccuracies, omissions or deficiencies in the information provided on the NASET website.

This information is provided "as is" with no guarantees of completeness, non-infringement, accuracy or timeliness, and without warranties of any kind, express or implied. You therefore assume sole responsibility for all risks associated with the use of this information and further accept that NASET is in no way responsible for any consequences whatsoever to anyone arising from your use or interpretation of any information contained within or linked from or to the web site. Before making decisions based on any of the SCHOOLS OF EXCELLENCE, NASET strongly recommends that you visit the schools and ask the directors of the specific programs specific questions pertaining to your child's needs.