About Rugby School

Since 1977, the mission of The Rugby School is based on the philosophies of our founding father, Donald J. DeSanto. Our mission statement is to “provide a nurturing environment for special education students to maximize their potentials while exploring their unique abilities.”

What sets Rugby apart is our staff and program. We offer:

Small structured classes

A one-to-four staff to student ratio

Elementary and secondary education

Cooperative Industrial Education

College counseling and placement

An on-staff psychiatrist and clinical team

A behavior management system

In our nurturing environment, our certified teaching and professional staff is equipped to uncover and cultivate hidden talents in every student. Our curriculum is well organized and comprehensive. Scholastics are paced to each person’s ability. Progress is constantly monitored to keep students from becoming frustrated by subjects that are too easy, or too difficult. Children are also encouraged to express their unique gifts in classes such as art, photography, music and culinary arts. Therefore, whether the student decides to pursue higher-education, trade-school or enter directly in the workforce, your child will leave the The Rugby School with a sense of pride and confidence to pursue their goals.


Rugby School associations and accreditations include:

  • Approved by the New Jersey Department of Education
  • Approved by the New Jersey Department of Vocational Education
  • Accredited by the MiddleStates Commission on Colleges and Schools since 2000.
  • Member of ASAH
  • Member of the National Association of Private Special Education Centers (NAPSEC)
  • Member of The College Board, New York, NY
  • Member of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
  • Member of Children and Adults With Attention Deficit Disorders (CHADD)

*Recipient of the Southern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce 2009 Business in Excellence Award-The Golden Osprey;

ASAH’s Innovation in Special Education Award for Art in the Workplace, 2009.

**Recipient of the ASAH Legacy of Caring Award, 2002; Mental Health Association’s Tony Dowling Child Advocacy Award,

2006;  Very Special Art’s Dare to Imagine Award 2007.