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We are currently enrolling students for Fall of 2018. The admission process starts with careful assessment of your child’s status.

Shrub Oak Advantage

Perhaps the greatest source of anxiety for parents of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder is how their child will transition into adulthood. Our extensive experience with the most advanced academic and therapeutic approaches in the field is the inspiration for Shrub Oak International School – a new step forward in autism education. We’ve combined the most successful models and the latest evidence-based principles into a curriculum designed to help students progress toward a purposeful, self-sustaining future to the best of each of their abilities.

Shrub Oak is a community of learners – living, learning, working, and recreating together. Students learn and grow with the guidance of outstanding teachers and clinicians. Our curriculum is designed for young adults ages 14 – 22.

We will consider teens slightly younger than 14 for our boarding program, depending on their developmental level. Our day program has greater flexibility when it comes to individuals younger than 14 or older than 22. For adults over 22, our focus is independent living and occupational stability. If you have a nontraditional age student, please consult with our admissions team to discuss options.

Unequaled Student Experience

In our innovative boarding and day programs, academics, life skills, and clinical intervention are elements of every part of a student’s day, maximizing therapeutic and learning opportunities.

Experiential learning and rich student life activities on campus, include art studios, theater, an equestrian program, swimming, hiking trails, sustainable farm, state-of-the-art gym and exercise facilities, advanced technology systems, welcoming student common areas, and delicious nutritious meals.

The curriculum includes instruction in: independent living skills, academics, social interaction, career/vocational preparation, arts, and athletics, all within the context of developmentally appropriate, respectful support. Goals are determined by the student and parents/family with a multidisciplinary team of educators and clinicians, working in concert. Individual education programs may vary from rigorous academic college preparation to skills for independent living and future employment, depending on the student’s developmental capacity.


Teens working in classroom

Individualized learning to meet each student’s needs

Teens exploring woods
Student Life

Enriching, mind expanding, social, and relationship based

Guitar lesson
Clinical Services

Relationship-based, respect-driven, and encompassing a wide variety of therapeutic options

Renowned Leadership

Shrub Oak’s curriculum has been developed by a team of experts each with over 35 years of special education school experience. The school’s leadership, co-directors Gil Tippy and Dianne Zager, are renowned internationally for their expertise in helping individuals with autism spectrum disorder lead independent and productive lives.

Diane Zager and Gill Tippy

“This work is our passion and we are truly blessed to be able to work together overseeing the growth of Shrub Oak into a pioneering center of excellence for advancement of special education. We have all experienced the magic of helping children grow into adults living fulfilling, self-sustaining lives and we are beyond excited to open this incredible school.”

Dr. Gil Tippy and Dr. Dianne ZagerCo-Directors, Shrub Oak International School
acre campus
filled with learning opportunities
sq ft of state-of-the-art classroom space
designed to accommodate a wide variety of student abilities
sq ft of engagement-rich residential and activity space
here activities abound, community grows, and friends are made
wooded acres
great for hiking and exploring

Modern, Technology-Infused Campus

Our modern, technology-infused facility is set on 127 acres located about an hour from New York City. Inside and outside, students learn in an environment full of sensory experiences. Our campus is filled with learning opportunities – students will help grow crops, raise livestock, interact with therapy animals, and explore trails through the wooded grounds. Privacy and safety are central to all we do. State-of-the-art security systems are incorporated into all areas of the buildings and grounds to keep residents safe. We invite you to come see for yourself.

We will be open for tours in early 2018.