An independent school specializing in working with students with learning disabilities in grades 2-12, The Craig School features small class sizes and proven research-based learning strategies, including structured language, multi-sensory instruction and a whole-child approach.

“We allow students to build their academic foundations, increase their ability to be active and independent learners and develop a sense of who they are as individuals and students,” says Head of School Susan Schmitt.


The Craig School focuses on providing individualized education plans (IEPs) or Formal Education Plans for each student, while the faculty, administration and staff are dedicated to uncovering their hidden talents. The staff collaborates with families and the school provides transition support for students as they progress through each grade level or move on to post-secondary education.

“The magic of The Craig School is that students are known for their strengths since they all face similar challenges,” Schmitt says. “These challenges may have set them apart in their previous schools, but here at Craig, we celebrate achievements and strengths to create confidence in each student.”


The Craig School is known for its specialized instruction tailored to meet the unique needs of students with learning disabilities. The school employs teachers trained in specific learning strategies and techniques, such as Orton Gillingham, that can effectively support students with diverse learning profiles and allow teachers the ability to customize and individualize each student’s educational program.

The school provides a multi-sensory teaching approach to enhance learning and retention and uses technology such as text-to-speech software, speech recognition tools and specialized apps. Support services, including occupational therapy, speech and counseling are also integrated directly into each student’s academic schedule.

“The Craig School strives to create a nurturing and supportive environment for students,” she says. “The staff is trained to understand the social-emotional aspects of learning disabilities and provides emotional support to help students build self-esteem, develop resilience and foster positive relationships.”

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10 Tower Hill Rd., Mountain Lakes
24 Changebridge Rd., Montville