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Our History

In 1988...

New Jersey was home to only a few behaviorally-based school programs serving children with autism. Confronted with the challenge of securing an appropriate and effective education program for their children with autism, a small group of dedicated families joined with local autism specialists to found the Alpine Learning Group. At a time when conventional wisdom taught that children with autism simply had no future, our founders believed that every individual deserves the opportunity to reach his or her full potential. Firm in that core commitment, the founders began the monumental process of establishing a school for children with autism that would provide the education and support necessary to realize that ideal.

In 1989...

Alpine Learning Group opened its doors - then the doors to the basement of a local community house! - to its first four students. With five clinically-trained teachers and staff, we offered the first students a full school day of individualized programming based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. As that first class of students grew up, Alpine Learning Group grew with them, welcoming new students, expanding existing programs, and developing new initiatives.  

In 1995...

As research increasingly supported early intensive intervention for children with autism, Alpine Learning Group established its Outreach Program in an effort to reach more children, and sooner. Designed to meet the needs of newly-diagnosed children, the Outreach Program now allows Alpine to serve children under the age of three in their own homes.

In 2000...

Alpine Learning Group opened the doors to its current location in Paramus, NJ. This modern facility continues to house our Education Program, where more than 100 dedicated staff members now serve thirty-five full-time learners, ages three to 21 years. 

In 2015...

We opened the Ely Center for Adult Learning, a comprehensive, state-of-the-art facility dedicated to the treatment of adults with autism spectrum disorders. The center is the first of its kind in Bergen County. Housed next door to the main school facility, the Ely Center brings all of the programs of Alpine Learning Group onto one campus to meet the needs of individuals with autism across the life span. It is now also the home base for Alpine Learning Group's satellite services, including a wide range of clinical services, such as diagnostics and assessment.


Photo of a young girl with autism in the Alpine Education Program, smiling at the camera.
" Alpine Learning Group teachers are synonymous with 'miracle workers.' Thanks to them, a non-verbal two-year-old is now an independent high school freshman with a bright future."

Mother of former Alpine Learning Group Student*

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