SCHOOLS of EXCELLENCE

Schools of Excellence Award

2019-2020 School Year Application Period is Now Closed

Applications for 2020-2021 School Year Will Start in January 2020

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 2019-2020


Academy of Whole Learning

3500 Williston Rd.
Minnetonka, MN 55345
952-737-6900
Learn More - www.academyofwholelearning.org

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Acadia Montana

55 Basin Creek Rd
Butte, MT 59701
406-215-2032
Learn More - www.acadiahealtcare.com

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ACLD Tillotson School

4900 Girard Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15227
412-881-2688
Learn More - www.acldtillotsonschool.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 Center

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

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Archway

280 Jackson Rd
Atco, NJ 08004
856-767-5757 x220
Learn Morewww.archwayprograms.org

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The Arc of Essex County’s Stepping Stones School

19 Harrison Ave
Roseland, NJ 07407
862-210-8781
Learn Morewww.steppingstonesschoolnj.com

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Astor Learning Center

6339 Mill Street, P.O. Box 5005
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
845-871-1000
Learn More - Click Here or www.astorservices.org

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The Austin Centers for Exceptional Students (ACES)

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

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Autism Treatment Center

15911 Nacogdoches Road, Building 2
San Antonio, TX  78247
210-590-2107
Learn More - www.atcoftexas.org

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Avondale House

3737 O'Meara Drive
Houston, TX  77025
713-993-9544
Learn More - Click here or www.avondalehouse.org

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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
757-455-6100
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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Biondi Middle & High School

463 Hawthorne Ave
Yonkers, NY 10705
914-375-8947
Learn More- www.risingground.org

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The Birchtree Center

2064 Woodbury Ave. Suite 204
Newington, NH 03801
603-433-4192
Learn More - Click here or www.birchtreecenter.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- 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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Camelot Education

7500 Rialto Blvd. Suite 260
Austin, TX 78735
512-858-9900
Learn More - www.cameloteducation.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 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 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 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 for Neurodevelopmental Studies

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

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Children's Learning Center (CP Nassau County)

380 Washington Avenue
Roosevelt, NY 11575
516-378-3791
Learn Morewww.thechildrenslearningcenter.org

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Children's Unit for Treatment and Evaluation

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

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Collier School

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

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Cornerstones of Care - Gillis Campus School

8150 WORNALL RD
Kansas City, MO 64114
816-508-3226
Learn More- Click Here or cornerstonesofcare.org 

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Crystal Springs School

38 Narrows Rd.
Assonet, MA 02702
508-644-3101
Learn Morewww.crystalspringsinc.org

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Deron School II of N.J.

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

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The Deron School of New Jersey. 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 Road
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
To Learn More www.edenautism.org

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Educational Partnership for Instructing Children

238 N. Farview Avenue
Paramus, NJ 07656
201-576-0600
To Learn More - Click Here or www.epicschool.org

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The Fletcher Academy

400 Cedarview Court
Raleigh, NC 27609
919-782-5082
Learn More - Click Here or http://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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Hampton Academy

108 Burrs Rd.
Mt. Holly, NJ 08060
(609) 267-2757
Learn More - Click Here or www.hamptonacademy.com

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Henrietta G. Lewis Campus School

6395 Old Niagra Road
Lockport, NY 14094
716-433-9592 ext. 500
Learn More - www.fosteringgood.org

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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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Hope Academy

89 Marsh Hill Road
Orange, CT 06477
203-799-6000
Learn More - www.hopeacademyct.com

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Hope School Learning Center

15 E. Hazel Dell Lane
Springfield, Illinois 62712
217-585-5150
Learn Morewww.thehopeschool.org

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John A. Coleman School

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

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Julie Billiart Schools, Lyndhurst

4982 Clubside Rd.
Lyndhurst, OH  44124
216-381-1191
Learn Morewww.juliebilliartschool.org

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Kingsway Learning Center

1000 Voorhees Drive
Voorhees, NJ 08043
856-545-0800
Learn More - www.kingswaylearningcenter.org

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Krejci Academy

619 E Franklin Ave.
Naperville, IL  60540
630-355-6870
Learn More - www.littlefriendsinc.org

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Landmark School

429 Hale Street
Prides Crossing, MA 01965
978-236-3010
Learn More - Click here or  www.landmarkschool.org

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The Learning Center for the Deaf

848 Central Street
Framingham, MA  01701
774-999-0922
Learn More - www.tlcdeaf.org

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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

18001 N 79TH Ave., Suite B-42
Glendale, AZ 85308
623-773-2774
Learn More - www.discoverldi.com

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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 80436
815-744-3500 Ext 125
Learn More - www.cdsil.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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Mount Carmel Guild Academy

100 Valley Way    West
Orange, NJ 07052
973-325-4400
Learn More - mcgacademy.net
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New Road School of Somerset

2200 Cottontail Lane
Somerset, NJ 08873
732-721-5775
Learn More - www.newroadschool.com
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New Story Berwick

218 West 6th St
Berwick, PA 18603
570-752-5002
Learn More - berwick.newstory.com

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New Story Dubois

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

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New Story Schools and Services

751 Keystone Industrial Park Road
Throop, PA 18512
570-285-7709
Learn Morewww.newstory.com

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New Story Selinsgrove

297 Route 204
Selinsgrove, PA  17870
570-884-3615
Learn More - 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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NJEDDA Schools

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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The Notre Dame School of Dallas

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

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The Open Doorway

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

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The 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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Pine Hill School

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

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Prime Time for Kids

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

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Rawson Saunders School

2614A Exposition Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
512-476-8382
Learn More - Click Here or www.rawsonsaunders.org

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

1154 Saw Mill River Road
Yonkers, NY 11710
914-968-4854
Learn More - Click Here or www.sailatferncliff.com

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Serendipity Center

PO Box 33350
Portland, OR 97292-3350
503-761-7139
Learn More - www.serendipitycenter.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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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
Chicago, IL 60617
773-978-8680
Learn More -  sullivanhousehschicago.com

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Summit Academy

150 Stahl Road
Getzville, NY 14068
716-629-3400
Learn More - Click Here or  www.thesummitcenter.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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Villa Maria School

161 Sky Meadow Drive
Stamford, CT 06903
203-322-5886
Learn More:  www.villamariaedu.org

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Washington Academy

25 North 7th Street
Belleville, NJ 07109
973-759-6555
Learn More - www.washingtonacademy.com

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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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The Westview School

1900 Kersten Dr.
Houston, TX  77043
713-973-1900
Learn More - Click Here or www.westviewschool.org

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White Oak School

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

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Willie Ross School for the Deaf

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

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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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The Yaldeinu School

1600 63rd Street
Brooklyn, NY 11204
718-851-0123
Learn More - www.yaldeinu.net

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YCS Sawtelle Learning Center

208 South Mountain Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042
973-244-0615
Learn More - www.ycs.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.