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Woodcliff Academy
1345 Campus Parkwy
Wall, NJ 07753
732-751-0240

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History of Our School

The Yoder Day School - The Woodcliff Academy

The history of the Woodcliff Academy dates back to 1949 when Dr. Hilda Yoder of Teachers College Columbia University started a small school in New York. The purpose of the original Yoder School was to improve the reading of both children and adults. Dr. Yoder was a specialist in the early work related to dyslexia. She also developed a system to increase the speed at which a person could read. The school received NY Regents accreditation in 1961 and holds an Absolute Regents Charter.

The Yoder School provided tutorial type of instruction to professionals and executives who needed to read great amounts of professional data. As the school grew it also included many professional children whose work on the stage or in films interrupted their studies. Yoder School became the main source of instruction for many professional children.

In 1981 Dr. Elizabeth Ferraro, also of Teachers College Columbia University, a specialist in dyslexia, became the head of the school. She developed an educational program that addresses the needs of students with learning disabilities and emotional issues. Dr. Ferraro created a full day school for special needs students which is now the Woodcliff Academy and is located in a beautiful education facility especially constructed for it’s use in Monmouth Shores Corporate Park. 2009 is the 60th anniversary of our school.

Statement of Enrollment Policy and Accreditation

The Woodcliff Academy is an Approved New Jersey School for Students with Disabilities and comes under the monitoring supervision of the New Jersey Department of Education. Students are referred to Woodcliff by public school districts who are responsible for the payment of tuition to Woodcliff.

The Woodcliff Academy is also Chartered by the Regents of New York State and has Middle States Accreditation.

Woodcliff provides education programs for students with the following diagnostic issues: Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder, School Attendance Problems, Asperger's, High Functioning Autism, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Bipolar Conditions.

The Woodcliff Academy admits students of any race, religion, sex and nationality to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to it's students and does not discriminate on the basis of any of the above in the administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs and other athletic and school administered programs.

Woodcliff is also an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, age, sex or handicapping condition.

Woodcliff reserves the right to make program and policy changes to meet the needs of a changing student population and/or the needs of the school as an organization.