St. Joseph's School for the Blind

Basic Information

Address: 761 Summit Avenue Jersey City, New Jersey 07307
County: Hudson
Phone Number: 201-876-5432
Fax Number: 201-876-5431
President: David Feinhals
Principal: Anthony Lentine, Jr., Ed.D.
School Type: Private

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Additional Information

Founded: Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace in 1891
Ages/Grades: 0-21
School Setting:

St. Joseph's School for the Blind is located on a 3 acre campus. The School is a 75,000 sq. ft., 2-story, ADA compliant facility which opened in 2007. The spacious classrooms all include a bathroom. The school has a heated therapeutic pool, full gym and cafeteria, a technology enrichment center, library, physical, occupational and speech therapy rooms, music and art rooms, sensory room and a Parent Resource Center.

Adult Services is located in Concordia House adjacent to the School. It’s fully equipped, ADA compliant kitchen and model living spaces are used throughout the day to teach practical life skills such as cooking, laundry and basic home care.

The campus includes a multi-sensory playground with adaptive equipment accessible to children with special needs. The playground provides therapeutic as well as recreational opportunities.

Ample parking is available on the campus. Extensive outdoor lighting, security cameras and limited access exterior doors promotes a safe and secure environment. St. Joseph's campus is centrally located near mass transit, a thriving business area and a community recreational center and park.

School Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:30am-3:00pm
School Size: 75,000 sq ft

Early Intervention, Education, Adult Services, Development, Business, Human Resources,

Summer School: Yes
Parking Spaces/Availability:

Yes. Parking Lot Available.

Mission Statement:

St. Joseph's School for the Blind is committed to the educational, psychological, social and physical development of persons with special needs in an environment of caring, acceptance and respect for each individual's rights and dignity.

School History:

St. Joseph's School for the Blind began in 1891 owned and operated by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace. The school provided an academic program and an enriched extra-curricular program to an average and above average population of students who were blind/visually impaired.

The school was then, as it is now, a non-profit, non-secreatarian agency accepting children of every race, creed and national origin and continues to be the only school for the blind in New Jersey.

Today, St. Joseph's School for the Blind continues its primary mission to serve individuals who are blind/visually impaired and has expanded service to include individuals with multiple disabilities and preschool disabled from throughout New Jersey.

The school offers a full range of programs and services from birth through adulthood. Our Early Intervention Program for infants/toddlers from birth to 3 years of age provides teams of special educators to teach infants/toddlers in a natural setting how to compensate for any reduced or total lack of vision.

The school also provides a 5-day-a-week education program over a period of ten months per year, with an extended school year program in July and August. The major areas of curriculum emphasis include: New Jersey Core Curriculum, Activities of Daily Living, Pre-Vocational Skills, Communication and Sensory Motor Skills, Orientation and Mobility and Personal/Social Skills. Arts and Crafts, Music, Technology and Community Integration activities are also incorporated into the curriculum as well as Speech, Physical and Occupational therapy services.

In addition to the full-time day program, the school offers a residential program on a five day/four evening per week basis which provides an expanded core curriculum for students and better prepares them for independent living.

To meet the growing need for special services, the school recently added the Realizing Adult Potential (RAP) program, a self-directed day program for adults with special needs. The program promotes independence through life skills training, real life experiences and includes training in personal care, meal prep, vocational/job skills, personal finances and more.

In an effort to better utilize our facility and meet the growing needs of our Jersey City community, a Preschool Program opened in 2009 with the approval of the New Jersey Department of Education. The program currently provides vital services to 105, 3-year-old Jersey City non-disabled residents. The state funded program is one of the highest quality pre-k programs in the nation, offering a developmentally appropriate curriculum. The program is designed to have a significant impact on academic achievement in early and later school years and has additionally provided the opportunity to integrate children with disabilities with non-disabled students. Working together, teachers have designed academic and social activities for the children, which have resulted in positive experiences for all students.

Programs and Services:

Early Intervention (Ages 0-3), Education (Ages 3-21), Adult Services

Programs and Services:

Early Intervention (Ages 0-3), Education (Ages 3-21), Adult Services