FAQs

How can I enroll my child at The Matheny School?

Students are referred by their local school districts. If you live in New Jersey, contact the child study team in your public school district. Then, ask your case manager to consider setting up a tour with our admissions director.


What if my child’s school district refuses to consider outside placement?

While you and representatives of your school district work as a team to develop an appropriate educational program for your child, you have the right to have your child placed in the Least Restrictive Environment, which is not always in the public school. It is important for you to understand your rights in the special education process – this knowledge will help you advocate for your child’s placement. We suggest you review the N.J. Department of Education guide, “Parental Rights in Special Education.”

For outside assistance, you can reach out to ASAH – Private Special Education Schools New Jersey and SPAN Parent Advocacy Network.


What type of children do you serve, and what disabilities do they have?

The Matheny School serves children ages 3-21 who have a variety of medically complex disabilities, including cerebral palsy, spina bifida, traumatic brain injury, and other neurologically-based disorders.

Most students have multiple disabilities including motor, intellectual, speech/language, visual or hearing impairments, learning disabilities, and the need for medical support.


Does Matheny School offer an extended school year (ESY) program?

Yes, we have a full-day ESY program that runs for six weeks, Monday through Friday, from early July to late August. It’s a continuation of the student’s IEP (individualized education plan), including all designated services. Whether a student attends or not is a joint decision between the parents and the sending district child study team.


What are the class sizes and the student to staff ratio?

The maximum class size is 8. There are 4 staff members to 1 student.


How do parents receive information on their child’s educational program and progress?

Parents are important participants in their child’s education, and we maintain frequent contact through in-person meetings, phone, and email. At the end of every school day, students are sent home with a daily communication sheet for parents. Information on the sheet includes the day’s specific instructional activities, the day’s lunch menu, ADLs, and other relevant information about their child’s day. Parents are also issued quarterly progress reports and are included in annual IEP meetings.

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