Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Information for Families, Educators and Students

What is Paradigm?
Paradigm Therapeutic Day School (Paradigm) is a New Jersey Department of Education-approved private school for students ages 12-21. Paradigm was established to serve students who have been identified by their school districts as benefiting from a more emotionally supportive environment.

What kind of student will thrive at Paradigm?
Many of the students that will come through our doors will have struggled for years with academic, social, and emotional failure, giving them a sense of hopelessness in school–we give them the opportunity to shift that paradigm.

I’m a parent. How can I enroll my child in Paradigm?
We’d love to welcome your child to our school, but all referrals must come through your school district’s Child Study Team. Please contact Jeffrey Kahn, Executive Director and Principal of Paradigm, at j.kahn@paradigmdayschool.org or (201) 986-5002 to discuss your child’s needs and whether Paradigm might be the right fit.

I’m a school administrator. How can I make a referral?
For more information, or to make a referral, please contact Jeffrey Kahn, Executive Director and Principal of Paradigm, at j.kahn@paradigmdayschool.org or (201) 986-5002.

How many students attend Paradigm?
Paradigm is designed to maintain a small, therapeutic environment and caps enrollment at forty (40) students.

Who provides transportation?
The child’s home school district is responsible for providing transportation to and from school. School districts are also responsible for paying the child’s tuition.

Who pays for tuition?
Students’ school districts are responsible for paying tuition to Paradigm.

 Is there a psychiatrist and nurse on staff?
Yes. We have a full-time school nurse and consulting psychiatrist on staff.

Does Paradigm have an extended school year program?
Yes, our extended school year program runs for the month of July and is designed to be a continuation of the regular school year. Participation in the program is encouraged but not required.

Is Paradigm a state-approved school? What compliance standards does it meet?
Yes. Paradigm Therapeutic Day School is a New Jersey Department of Education approved private school. As a Department of Education-approved private school, Paradigm has undergone a rigorous approval and compliance process to ensure it is in accordance with state regulations.

Does Paradigm grant diplomas?
No. When a student approaches his or her graduation date, Paradigm issues a certificate of completion, and the child’s original home school district will issue the high school diploma.

How does Paradigm prepare students for after graduation?
Paradigm Therapeutic Day School recognizes that one of the most important goals of any high school is to graduate each of its students with all the skills and knowledge needed to lead a productive and fulfilled life. That’s why our Transition Services program provides job exploration counseling, workplace readiness training, work-based learning experience/internships and counseling on enrollment in post-secondary education.

How can I find more information on school policies?
A detailed overview of our policies and procedures can be found in our student handbook, available for download here.

Does Paradigm have a non-discrimination policy?

Paradigm shall adhere to its non-discrimination policy as to both students and its employees, which states:

As to Students:

Paradigm admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies and other school-administered programs.

As to Employees:

Paradigm is an equal opportunity employer. Paradigm will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.