AboutThe Rugby School at Woodfield

Since 1977, the mission of The Rugby School at Woodfield is based on the philosophies of our founder, Donald J. DeSanto. Our mission is to provide a nurturing environment for Special Education students to maximize their potentials while exploring their unique abilities.

What sets Rugby apart:

  • Small structured classes
  • A one-to-four staff to student ratio
  • Elementary, middle and secondary education
  • Work Study Program - Rugby W.O.R.K.S.
  • College counseling and placement
  • An on-staff psychiatrist and clinical team
  • A behavior management system
  • Clinical Team
  • Consulting psychiatric nurse practitioner
  • Shepherding for school avoidant students
  • Exemplary transitional services

Our institution boasts a team of certified teachers and proficient staff members who possess the requisite skillset to identify and nurture unexplored talents in every student.

Our meticulously curated curriculum is structured in an organized and comprehensive manner, customized to cater to the individual learning pace of each student. We place a strong emphasis on monitoring the progress of our students, thereby allowing them to achieve continual growth. We encourage students to showcase their distinctive abilities through a diverse range of subjects, including Art, Music, and Culinary Arts. Upon graduation, our students are instilled with a sense of confidence and pride, equipping them to confidently pursue their chosen path, be it higher education, vocational training, or a direct entry into the workforce.


  • Approved by the New Jersey Department of Education
  • Approved by the New Jersey Department of Vocational Education
  • Accredited by the MiddleStates Commission on Colleges and Schools since 2000


  • Member of ASAH
  • Member of the National Association of Private Special Education Centers (NAPSEC)
  • Member of The College Board, New York, NY
  • Member of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
  • Member of Children and Adults With Attention Deficit Disorders (CHADD)