The Calais School

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The Calais School is a leading private, non-profit provider of special education serving young people in grades K through 12 Plus for 50 years.
We believe every child has the ability to exceed their possibilities and we are committed to cultivating this potential in all of our students.
The innovative programs at Calais are designed to highlight your child`s abilities while also building upon areas of weakness.You will find that the flexibility of our curriculum provides a challenging academic experience that will be unique to your student.
Our compassionate and highly trained staff are committed to provideing a safe and nurturning environment where students feel empowered and supported academically, emotionally and behaviorally.

Quick Stats (2023-24)

  • School Type: Special Education School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 83 students
  • Average class size: 8 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year
Learning Difference Programs
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
83 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 40%
Students by Grade
The Calais School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
17 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
8 students
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Admissions Director
Cheryl Porter-Avino
Admissions Associate
Christina Pedersen


Total Sports Offered
3 sports

School Notes

  • The Calais School is a state approved, private special education school in North Jersey. Our mission is to nurture and empower at-risk students and young adults with multiple learning disabilities to become gainfully employed and socially engaged after graduation.
  • The Calais School offers a comprehensive educational experience with state-approved curriculum, therapeutic supports, visual & performing arts, independent living skills building, and college & career prep. An interactive learning environment with small classes and differentiated instruction keep students engaged. Academics are enriched with Promethean boards, iPads and laptops in every class room.
  • K through Elementary
  • Learning the basics with fun, student-centered activities. Certified teachers, counselors and therapists help students achieve academic, behavioral and emotional success.
  • Middle School
  • Promoting critical thinking, problem-solving skills and social-emotional growth. Students are exposed to world languages, multimediaclasses and Calais sports teams. The 8th grade features a modified high school schedule with varied teachers and classrooms.
  • High School
  • Emphasizing collaborative, student-led learning with a strong focus on 21st century skills. Student expression is engaged through a variety of fine and performing arts classes. Exposure to 21st Century Life & Career Skills, Work-Based Learning and Community-Based Instruction provide students with the building blocks for future success.
  • 12 Plus Program
  • A transitional program to bridge the gap between high school, college, and career. The 12 Plus program allows students ages 18-21 to prepare for the next step in a safe, nurturing and encouraging environment.
  • Counseling Supports
  • Mindfulness is integrated into all areas of counseling to help students cope with stress, regulate emotions and improve self-awareness. Individual and group counseling reinforces the skills needed to succeed. Social skills counseling helps students with self-expression, navigating peer relationships and resolving conflict. Counseling and parent support workshops are also available to the families of each student.
  • Animal Assisted Interventions
  • A team of highly trained handlers and certified dogs help students reach behavioral and therapeutic goals through intervention techniques that decrease student anxiety and increase student engagement.
  • Related Services
  • Therapeutic services are delivered by a highly certified team of Social Workers, School Counselors, Therapists and a School Psychologist. Services include: group and individual counseling, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychiatric consulting, social skills building, reading and speech.
  • Extended School Year
  • So much more than a summer camp, this half day program incorporates academics, social skills, and counseling with field trips, projectbased learning and summer fun! ESY helps prevent academic and social regression.
  • For over 50 years we have helped students in grades K through 12 Plus with multiple learning disabilities as well as anxiety, mood, behavior and autism spectrum disorders to learn grown and exceed.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

Does The Calais School offer a summer program?
Yes, The Calais School offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What sports does The Calais School offer?
The Calais School offers 3 interscholastic sports: Basketball, Cheering and Cross Country.
When is the application deadline for The Calais School?
The application deadline for The Calais School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Calendar

View the The Calais School yearly calendar below. Note key dates such as:

School Closed - New Year's Day
January 01, 2024 (Monday)
School Closed - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 15, 2024 (Monday)
Winter Recess - School Closed 2/19-2/23
February 19, 2024 (Monday)
School Closed - Good Friday
March 29, 2024 (Friday)
Spring Break - School Closed
April 01, 2024 (Monday)

School Reviews

The Calais School is amazing and all the teachers truly care about the emotions, education and social development of each individual child. My daughter Emma had she been left in public school would have never gone to college. With, the Calais School there is not a doubt in my mind that she will attend college. Thank you Calais. You are all truly blessed and an amazing bunch of people. Thank you for all that you do for our children that learn differently. I believe every position filled at the Calais school is a great asset to the special education field.
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Quick Stats (2023-24)

  • School Type: Special Education School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 83 students
  • Average class size: 8 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Morris County, NJ is $24,922 for elementary schools and $26,225 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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