Cedar Knolls Academy

 Principal Robert Worden smiling

The Cedar Knolls Academy offers a unique day program for children in grades K-8. Within a new brick school building, students find a kind and nurturing environment dedicated to meeting the social, emotional and academic needs of fragile students with emotional needs. Students are referred by the Office of Mental Health and by their local Committees on Special Education for special education services and programming. The highly competent and experienced Cedar Knolls Academy staff is dedicated to creating and maintaining an innovative, nurturing and safe environment for their entire learning community. They are proud of the academic focus and structured program embedded in a milieu that supports their social and emotional needs.

The Cedar Knolls Academy Principal, Robert Worden has 30 years of experience as an educator working with students with special needs and serving in a variety of leadership assignments. Mr. Worden brings a wealth of therapeutic experience and stability to calm the ongoing demands of students who have experienced trauma, stress, self-injurious episodes and abuse. He is joined by a rich support staff of psychologists, social worker, speech therapist and occupational therapist.

A main component of Cedar Knolls Academy's success is our PBIS program. This program helps to reinforce desirable behaviors which are helping our students become successful citizens that will help transcend beyond school. Students have opportunities to receive incentives for positive behaviors while also therapeutically addressing maladaptive behaviors.