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About The Deron School of New Jersey

Mission Statement

The mission of The Deron School is to provide a comprehensive school experience within a warm supportive structured learning environment that empowers students to reach their highest level of independence and achievement.  Deron prepares students with disabilities to lead successful, productive lives, allowing them to become contributing members of their community. Our students discover talents, cultivate strengths, conquer challenges and fulfill dreams.

What Parents & Child Study Teams have to Say about The Deron School of New Jersey’s Special Education and Special Needs Programs

Parents and Child Study Team members alike are enthusiastic about The Deron School.

“As a Child Study Team Case Manager, I have worked with The Deron School for the last ten years. I have always been made to feel like one of the “family” as do my students. The (extra) care that is given to the students is immeasurable. The administrators and teaching staff are beyond compare.” – Angela Lombardi, School Social Worker, Harrison School District

“As a school social worker, I have worked with the staff at Deron for over twenty-five years. The teachers, social workers, therapists and administrators are all dedicated to helping children with special needs. The needs of the children always come first, and the school provides a warm, nurturing environment in which to learn. When I visit Deron to monitor my students’ educational programs, I consistently feel that the children are receiving a high quality education.” – Susan Kandell, Social Worker, Irvington Board of Education

“The gratitude I have for Deron is beyond words. From the staff who greets you in the front office to the teachers, nurse and social workers, the love you feel, knowing your child is well-taken care of is more than enough for me.” – Sondra Noel, Parent

“As a Child Study Team member, I have a good working relationship with Deron’s administrators and teachers, who are responsive to a wide range of student needs. Their focus goes beyond academics, and they’re willing to go the extra mile to help. Deron’s staff also has the ability to work effectively with family members and community resources. Visiting Deron is a very positive experience. From the time you walk in the door to the time you leave, you see a place that’s clean, orderly and caring.” – Helen Harris, School Social Worker, Roselle Board of Education

Kudos to Outstanding Deron Staff Members!

Deron staff members encourage the maximum development of each child’s potential. They understand the challenges disabled students face, and they recognize each accomplishment, no matter how small. Both campuses boast a strong community of dedicated staff members, many of whom have been with the school for ten, fifteen or more years.

Beginning in 1995, the Council of Private Schools for Children with Special Needs has presented the Ruth K. Newman Award for Excellence to selected staff members from each of the Council schools at an annual Awards Banquet. Given in honor of Ms. Newman, a pioneer in establishing private-school education for disabled youngsters, this award recognizes the individuals for their outstanding contributions and dedication in providing educational services to children with special needs.

Since its inception, the honorees from both Deron’s Montclair and Union Campuses, have represented a cross-section of dedicated personnel, including both professionals and para-professionals. Perpetual plaques, noting past award recipients, can be viewed in either school office.

About The Founders

When considering what makes The Deron School so special, one must look to the expert, caring guidance provided to staff and students alike by founders Ronald and Diane Alter.

As young professionals working with multiply disabled children over four decades ago, they realized that existing educational programs in the public sector were not meeting the needs of these children. Consequently, in November of 1967, they founded The Deron School.

Over the next 51 years, The Deron School evolved from a one-room program with a single student into two comprehensive campuses providing essential educational services to more than 225 disabled students from eight New Jersey counties.

Today The Deron School continues to thrive – Its ongoing success is a tribute to the dedication and continued guidance from Ron and Diane. In addition to their leadership roles at the school, both serve as volunteers in community-service organizations.