Welcome to Collier Middle School
Collier Middle School is a state-approved, private, non-profit school for students with disabilities in grades 5 through 8 whose needs cannot be met within the public school. The school's semi-departmentalized academic program offers a diverse curriculum taught by Highly Qualified teachers in each subject area while catering to the individual educational needs of each student.
Collier's strong counseling component combines individual as well as group therapy that supports social and emotional growth for all students. Our Positive Behavior Support program encourages Respect, Responsibility, Safety and Kindness, and we also offer BCBA consultative services to assist with behavioral plans. Clubs and activities round out the educational program, giving students extracurricular opportunities similar to those offered in public schools.
In The Atlantic Magazine article, What Happened to American Childhood? by Kate Julian (May 2020), School Refusal is described as being the "equivalent of a four-alarm fire, both because it signals profound distress and because it can lead to so-called failure to launch—seen in the rising share of young adults who don’t work or attend school and who are dependent on their parents."
Collier Youth Services, a nonprofit located in Wickatunk, NJ, officially opened the Collier Inclusive Playground on Monday, June 27th. This playground will provide hundreds of hours of fun as well as mental and developmental growth for campers at Kateri Day Camp as well as Students in Collier School, both programs of Collier.
To mark this joyous occasion, Collier hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for all the donors who helped make the playground a reality. Among the audience were members of the Colts Neck Woman’s Club, the Lions Club of Colts Neck, Assemblywoman Vicky Flynn, individual donors, and board members. After the ribbon was cut, campers flooded the playground running toward their favorite pieces of equipment—the twisty slide and the whirl and twirl were among the top.