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About the Midland School

Midland_School_boys_chumingThe Midland School is a New Jersey approved nonprofit school for children with developmental disabilities. Serving approximately 190 students from public school districts throughout northern and central New Jersey, Midland provides a comprehensive special education program serving the individual social, emotional, academic, and career education needs of each of its students.

Midland School students smilingOur students range in age from 5 to 21 years of age, and are classified as eligible for special education and related services under a variety of categories that include multiply disabled, cognitively impaired, communication impaired and autistic. Admission to Midland can be initiated at any time of the year when parents and the sending district determine that the student can benefit from the program.  Appropriate placements are usually available.  Midland develops and implements individualized educational programs that ensure each of our students reaches his or her highest level of achievement and independence to help them to become contributing members of their communities.

Instructional Highlights at Midland-Midland student showing her workThe School week is filled with instructional highlights and the Midland academic curriculum meets all New Jersey core curriculum standards, and includes reading, math, language skills, science, social studies, and physical education. Functional and life skills education are provided and an extensive career education and school-to-work transition program prepares students for adult life. Social Skills or “soft skills” are emphasized to maximize each student’s ability to participate in various social settings in the greater community.

Midland boasts a dedicated and experienced faculty; more than 60% of Midland’s teachers and administrators have been at Midland for 10 years or more. Midland has twice been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.

With a fifty-year history of serving students with disabilities, Midland’s mission, curriculum, facilities and supporters are focused on meeting the academic, career and life needs of its students and supporting their families as their children grow.  Midland is proud of the positive outcomes achieved by its students.  To some this may be reaching their academic and social goals, to others it may be returning to a public school classroom, or transitioning to competitive employment in their home community upon graduation.