Coastal Learning Center

Coastal Learning Center Photo #1 - Coastal Learning Center was founded in 1974 in Lakewood, New Jersey and has been providing education and counseling services for 40 years. The school operates as a private day school providing specialized education programs for students ages 5-21. The Integrated Counseling Program includes a Behavior Management System, Counseling, and Crisis Intervention. Psychiatric Service include, assessment, consultation and prescribing medication.
Coastal Learning Center was founded in 1974 in Lakewood, New Jersey and has been providing education and counseling services for 40 years.
Coastal Learning Center Atlantic moved from Tuckerton to Northfield, New Jersey in 2011.
The school operates as a private day school providing specialized education programs for students ages 5-21.
Classes are offered for classified students, with the student’s IEP serving as a basis for their individualized education.
Our school maintains a 1:2.5 staff to student ratio. The Integrated Counseling Program includes a Behavior Management System, Individual Counseling, Group Counseling, and Crisis Intervention.

School Overview

School TypeAlternative School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Other school association(s)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-12
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedSpecial Education
Year Founded1972
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students43 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade Coastal Learning Center Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers10 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size8 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesPublic Schools pays tuition when service is deemed necesary.
Admissions DirectorRenee Waddell, LCSW


Total Sports Offered2 sports
SportsBasketball, SoftballBasketballSoftball,

School Notes

  • Coastal Learning Center Atlantic offers   classes for classified students ages 5 - 21 with behavioral or multiple disabilities. Our Integrated Counseling Program  includes LCSW and MSW Counselors.  The Counseling Program  covers an array of issues that include anger management, grief and loss, low self-esteem, assertiveness training, substance abuse, and social skills.  These issues are addressed through the Behavior Management System, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Group and Individual Counseling.                                     Our classrooms have a  maximum of 12 students and offer low student to staff ratio.  Each class is staffed by a highly qualified teacher and a teacher aide.  The parent portal and phone contact  communicates the student’s development to  their parent or guardian.  Coastal Learning Center’s goals are to facilitate the student’s return to public school and prepare the student for life after graduation. Our primary focus is for students to acquire the skills necessary for a useful, productive, and stable life.           
  • Coastal Learning Center Atlantic also provides 
  • Psychiatric Services our program is supported by a highly committed, interdisciplinary staff comprised of a Highly Qualified Teaching Staff, LCSW and MSW School Social Workers,  a Psychiatrist, and Registered Nurse.   Coastal Learning Center Atlantic offers Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services and believes it to be an integral component of the team approach to treatment. Our psychiatrist is available by appointment to our  enrolled students.  Services include, assessment, consultation and prescribing medication, when appropriate. Students receive follow-up treatment monthly to  monitor effectiveness.  
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