With schools in Chatham and Ho-Ho-Kus, educating students from ages 5 to 21, plus an array of adult services, ECLC of New Jersey offers parents peace of mind that their child with special needs will be served for as long as desired! Our support begins from the day a child enrolls in one of our schools and continues through Transition Services, starting at age 14, to graduation day and beyond into jobs, day programs, alumni enrichment classes and social opportunities.

During the pandemic, students and staff are largely staying in their classrooms, wearing masks and learning behind Plexiglass shields.

How Is Eligibility Determined?

Students attend ECLC when their local public school determines that an out-of-district placement is best for the child. The local sending district and ECLC Child Study Team will determine eligibility for placement. The sending district provides the students’ records, which are reviewed by the ECLC Child Study Team. This is followed by an intake in which the child spends the day at an ECLC school being considered for placement. The most prevalent conditions among our students are “severe learning disabilities,” autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome and “intellectual disabilities.”

The work-readiness, SKIL program (Seeking Knowledge for Independent Living) is taking place entirely in the classroom to keep everyone healthy and safe.

At our schools, students are appropriately grouped according to abilities not by their grade levels. The maximum age range within a classroom is four years. And, the typical student-teacher ratio is 4:1, with the maximum number of 12 students per class. For every student, every day, an equal emphasis is placed on enhancing academic and daily living skills, with developing their social and emotional well-being.

Know Your Rights!

As a parent, you are the best advocate for your child! For more information regarding out-of-district placements, please visit the ASAH Website. ASAH is the umbrella organization for private, special education schools and agencies serving New Jersey children and adults with disabilities. ASAH’s toll-free Parent Assistance Line (1-877-287-2724) helps parents understand their rights and responsibilities under federal and state special education law, and provides information and referrals to help them identify appropriate services for their child.

Request a Tour

To request a tour, write to aduarte@eclcofnj.org with your preference: Chatham School or Ho-Ho-Kus school.

Contact Us

Chatham School
Address: 21 Lum Avenue
Chatham, N.J. 07928
Principal: Jason Killian
E-mail: jkillian@eclcofnj.org
Tel: (973-635-1700)

Ho-Ho-Kus School
Address: 302 North Franklin Turnpike
Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J. 07423
Principal: Vicki Lindorff
E-mail: vlindorff@eclcofnj.org
Tel: (201-670-7880)