The Adolescent Program is a comprehensive long term special education/partial hospitalization program, which integrates therapeutic, psychiatric and special education services. We are accredited by the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and by the New Jersey Department of Education as a New Jersey Public-College Operated Program for the Disabled.

Our mission is to meet the complex needs of adolescents (ages 13-21) suffering from significant anxieties, resentments, fears and emotional challenges that negatively affect family life, social functioning, peer relationships and academic achievements. It is our mission to foster resilience and self understanding for adolescents at risk of self harm, destructive behaviors, hospitalization and out of home placement.

The program emphasizes comprehensive, in depth, long term care. Generally the length of stay is a minimum of one year. We believe that when there is persistent emotional and behavioral distress, short term solutions do not address the underlying vulnerabilities and the long term consequences of such conditions.

We believe in partnership with families, child study teams and community based organizations. All grades 9-12 courses offer credit towards high school graduation. The Education Program assists the students by focusing on personal growth as well as academic needs. Meetings throughout the school year are scheduled with districts' Child Study Teams in order to provide updated information regarding progress and to assist the family and school districts with appropriate placement when the adolescent leaves the program.

Clinical/Psychiatric Services

Comprehensive Clinical Services provide all students with the emotional and behavioral support needed to address treatment issues. The program provides intensive support and psycho-education within a safe, stable and nurturing setting.

The integration of clinical and education services ensures that all factors interfering with an adolescent's ability to have success in school, at home and in the community are addressed. Services include:

  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Psychiatric Assessment and Treatment
  • Medication Management
  • Nursing Services
  • Behavioral Feedback System

Educational Services

Education is central to every adolescent's life. Experiencing success as a student is essential to their emotional well being. Classes are small, nurturing and structured. Our teachers integrate the educational experience into the therapeutic community, and support students in managing those symptoms that interfere with their learning and developing their cognitive and creative capacities. Accommodations, modifications and individualized instruction are implemented and crucial for the students to learn and experience success.

The Adolescent Program at Rutgers Day School is a year-round treatment and school program. The Extended School Year (Summer Program) provides the necessary continuity of psychiatric and therapeutic services that are essential for the continued emotional development and stability. In addition to offering the opportunity for students to maintain scholastic skills and make up academic credits, the Summer Program provides social and recreational experiences. Students enjoy weekly educational field trips to nature and environmental centers, art and science museums, botanical gardens and historical sites.

The following educational courses and electives are offered:


  • English Literature
  • English/Language Arts Literacy
  • Creative Writing/Written Expression/Illustrated Stories
  • Math Life Skills
  • General Mathematics & Pre-Algebra
  • Algebra I & Algebra II
  • Geometry
  • U.S. History I & II
  • U.S. Government
  • World History
  • Vocational Studies
  • Health & Wellness
  • Career Education
  • Physical Education
  • Biology
  • Physical Science
  • General Science
  • Earth Science
  • Astronomy
  • Environmental Science
  • Financial Literacy
  • Brainteasers/Math Games
  • Study Skills
  • Academic Event Planning
  • Computer Applications
  • Keyboarding


  • Art
  • Basic Arts
  • Basic Crafts
  • Yarn and Needlecrafts
  • Woodworking
  • Matting & Framing Shop
  • Culinary Arts
  • Creative Games
  • PE: Relaxation
  • Canvas Art
  • Watercolors
  • Cake Decoration
  • Drawing
  • Recycled Art
  • Basic Sculpture
  • Guitar Instruction


Extra-curricular Clubs and Committees

  • Non-Violence Committee
  • Cosmetology Club
  • Community Outreach Committee
  • Photography Club
  • Trip/Alternate Planning Committee
  • Music Club
  • Dress Code Committee
  • Strategy Games Club

Student Referral Process

Referrals to the Adolescent Program are made through the student's Child Study Team. Records are reviewed by the program director prior to a scheduled intake meeting. Parents/guardians and students are required to attend the intake interviews, and resident district Child Study Team case managers are encouraged to attend.

Referrals or inquiries about the program should be directed to the Clinicial Supervisor or Vice Principal at 732-235-4677. The mailing address is:

Rutgers Day School Adolescent Program
University Behavioral Health Care
Rutgers Health
671 Hoes Lane West
Piscataway, NJ 08854-1392

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