About Us

The Craig School of Mountain Lakes (grades 2-8) and Boonton (grades 9-12) is more than just an independent school that specializes in working with students with learning disabilities. We are a family of parents, educators, and students brought together by purpose. We are a school built upon the foundation that all students can and will learn if the right environment, strategies and supports are made available to them.

For the past 30 years, The Craig School has been that safe, supportive academic environment for students with learning disabilities

If you would like to receive further information or have specific questions about Craig or our admissions process, please contact us at 973-334-1295 or email us at admissions@craigschool.org.

Craig Mission

The mission of The Craig School is to provide to our students a strategy-based, comprehensive and challenging school experience that acknowledges their learning disabilities, builds on their aptitudes, and strengthens their self-awareness and self-esteem. We help our parents assess their child’s true potential and understand the nature of learning disabilities, and provide our families an internal support network within the Craig community.

Core Values

  1. Learning disabilities and learning styles should be acknowledged, understood, and addressed.
  2. In addition to supporting a student’s academic development, a school should also nurture his/her social, emotional, and moral growth.
  3. All students can and will learn if the right environment and opportunities are provided.

Message from the Head of SchoolHead of School Tadd Jacks Headshot

I am delighted you are considering The Craig School for your elementary or secondary school student.  We have a deep focus and adherence to values essential for a community of students who have language based learning disabilities. Many of families seek our support and direction, and I am confident that you have found a potential home here.

Craig School helps kids with reading and math challenges stemming from diagnosed learning issues and much more.  My personal journey is that in elementary school, I had trouble with reading. Similar to Craig School parents, my parents found a school for me to unlock my potential, to learn, and to gain confidence.   I started that school in the Fourth Grade. It gave me the skills and confidence to read fluently, to embrace my learning style, and to become my own advocate. With these tools to learn, I did finish my high school years in another school – mainstream, independent, and a Quaker school. While in college, I decided I needed to work in education, and to be part of the equation of how important it is for students to be in the right place- both academically and emotionally.   I am grateful to be able to serve and lead a school where there are students who have trouble with reading and math or have other academic challenges.

I believe that educational excellence happens when a school knows who it is and what it is about.  The Craig School has two locations- one for grades 2-8 and one for grades 9-12. Each campus focuses on delivering direct instruction for the learning disabled student.  Each campus has the same educational underpinning, but with slightly different and age appropriate emphasis and outcomes.

We hope you will explore the world of Craig via this website. You will find a potential solution for your child.

Tad  Jacks.

Head of School

Teaching, coaching, and administrative leadership positions at Friends School of Baltimore, The Odyssey School, and Wooster School.  B.A.  Washington College,  M.A.S- Johns Hopkins University.

Our Students

The young people at Craig are of average to above average ability, but have not progressed at a level consistent with their abilities. Our students come to us with dyslexia and related academic learning disabilities. We address the social issues that so often plague young people with learning disabilities and help them to build a positive self image. Students who would ultimately leave school feeling like failures are realizing at Craig that they can now read and write. Parents who have faced ongoing frustration with schools that expect their child to fit an existing program are finding that programs at Craig are designed to fit the child.

Our Goal

The Craig School recognizes and embraces the dual responsibility of education: 1) enabling students to learn what is worthy of knowing (content knowledge) by teaching the skills and strategies required to engage in meaningful learning; and 2) cultivating and nurturing in each student what it is to be a good person. At The Craig School we provide our students with the learning skills and strategies that will enable them to reach their potential, enrich and expand the quality of their own life, and cultivate an understanding and appreciation of giving back, of contributing to the common good.

Our Method

The success of The Craig School rests on a strong academic program and a supportive environment. Young people who have struggled often for years in mainstream schools are given the tools to overcome their frustration with learning. They are among peers who are tolerant and understanding of one another with teachers who are skilled, patient and focused on achievements, not failures.