Green Brook Academy


Green Brook Academy is a state approved private school for students with emotional and behavioral disabilities for ages ten through twenty-one (10-21). Green Brook Academy is located in Bound Brook, New Jersey. We are celebrating 40 years working with students and their families to realize their dream of becoming a somebody. Thanks to the vision of Dr. Dougherty & Mrs. Dougherty, today we have the opportunity to continue to support their vision of what students need to be successful. Even though there has been a lot of change in education over the past 40 years, their philosophy 40 years ago remains a crucial component to educational and therapeutic success today. Give a student a place where they feel safe, where they feel cared for, and then you will see them grow.

Dr. Dougherty next to the newspaper articles when he started the school in 1979
Dr. & Mrs. Dougherty, proudly representing Green Brook Academy today.

We are currently accepting referrals for students in both middle school and high school grades. 

Our unique program is designed for students in need of individualized attention for significant emotional and behavioral disabilities.  With the help of our specially trained staff, students are given the opportunity to modify their behavior by developing the necessary social and academic skills to help them realize success in their future.  Students may complete their formal grade school education at Green Brook Academy, or return to their district schools when ready. 

Often students will come to Green Brook Academy from other placements in which they were not able to experience either academic or emotional success. When they arrive to Green Brook Academy, we give each student the opportunity to experience success through:

  • Individualized instruction matched to their needs, strengths, abilities and interests.
  • Educational Testing two times per year.
  • An emotional/therapeutic support system which includes individual and group therapy provided by our professional New Jersey Department of Education School Certified Counseling Staff.
  • An individually designed life skills transition plan that helps students deal with the passage from student life to adulthood.
  • 35 minute class periods to offer our students the opportunity to feel like they are in a regular high school/middle school environment.
  • Small class sizes with Highly Qualified New Jersey Department of Education Certified Teachers and Paraprofessionals. 
  • OUTREACH.  If your student struggles to come to school, we will come to you.
  • A staff to student ratio of one staff to every two students.
  • A four building urban campus, including a gym.
  • Speech Therapy as needed per IEP.
  • APEX Learning – Optional Online Learning Opportunity For Course Specific Needs


Jabril H. accepting his hard earned “I Am A Somebody” award
from Ms. Motzel, Principal and Mr. Leysath, Counselor.
This award is given to one graduating student each year for rising above personal adversity and for demonstrating strong initiative to succeed in life. Job well done Jabril!


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