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We are currently enrolling students for Fall of 2019, as well as continuing our rolling admissions for the 2018-2019 school year. Our admissions process starts with a careful assessment of your child.

Shrub Oak Advantage

We’ve combined the most successful therapeutic models and the latest evidence-based principles into a curriculum with an unsurpassed level of individual focus and care that enables each student to progress toward a purposeful future.

What makes us unique:

  • Internationally respected leadership with expertise in unique clinical approaches and life-skills development.
  • Each student’s team of clinicians, teachers, and student-life staff collaborate closely to address the student’s issues quickly and reinforce therapies and learning paths.
  • Classroom staff-to-student ratio of 1:2.
  • Equipped to serve children and young adults on the autism spectrum who face complex challenges and have high personal attention needs.
  • Individualized Transdisciplinary Education Programs (ITEP) developed, student-by-student, with collaboration among parents, educators, clinicians, and student life staff.
  • Independence, life skills, and career/vocational competencies developed on a student-by-student basis to nurture the highest level of each individual’s abilities.
  • A variety of activities on- and off-campus that support social interaction, community involvement, and vocational learning.
  • Advanced, technology-infused facilities set on 127 wooded acres one hour from New York City, where students have opportunities centered around recreation, sports, agriculture, therapy animals, hiking, arts, culture, crafts, technology, and more.
  • State-of-the-art security systems incorporated into the buildings and grounds to ensure the safety of every student.

Renowned Leadership

Shrub Oak’s curriculum has been developed by a team of experts, each with decades of special education school experience. Head of School Dianne Zager is renowned internationally for her expertise in helping individuals with autism spectrum disorder lead productive lives.

“This work is my passion and I am truly blessed to be able to oversee the growth of Shrub Oak into a pioneering center of excellence for advancement of special education. I have been fortunate to have experienced the magic of helping children grow into adults living fulfilling, self-sustaining lives and am beyond excited to lead this incredible school.”

Dr. Dianne ZagerHead of School


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Individualized learning to meet each student’s needs

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Student Life

Enriching, mind expanding, social, and relationship based

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Clinical Services

Relationship-based, respect-driven, and encompassing a wide variety of therapeutic options

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