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New Dawn Academy

New Dawn Academy

At the Somerset County Educational Services Commission

An Alternative Learning Environment for Students Struggling with Mental Health and Substance Use  

Where every day is a new beginning to a better future

The goal of New Dawn Academy is for students to develop the skills they need for long term success in all aspects of their life. We have created a culture of positive learning that encourages student participation in a supportive, small classroom setting.  Rutgers University Behavioral Health clinicians will be on site to provide students with the mental health support they need.

Program Overview:         

  • General Education-grades 6-12
  • Flexible Enrollment
  • Small and Nurturing Classes
  • Therapeutic Support Integrated into Schools
  • Medication Management



  • Individual, Family, and Group Counseling
  • After School Programs
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Psychiatric Consultation and Evaluations
  • Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Integration with Community Services


Benefits to Students & Families

  • Crisis Resolution
  • Building Academic and Behavioral Competencies
  • Facilitate Character Development
  • Decrease Negative Behaviors
  • Mentoring, Peer Support, and Youth Development Activities


Benefits to Sending Districts

  • Increased Graduation Rates
  • Enhanced Academic Performance
  • On-Site Crisis Intervention and Case Management
  • Character Education
  • Violence Prevention
  • Conflict Resolution