Preakness Academy


Preakness Academy is as an alternative middle school for grades 5-8 general and special education (not including BD) students. The school is able to enroll up to 40 pupils.

Potential students are those who may benefit from:

  • A specialized learning environment with a personalized touch.
  • Individual and group sessions with a counselor and/or behaviorist.
  • A more structured and meaningful learning environment for long-term suspensions and home instruction.

Program Features

  • Focus on grit and resiliency. The work of Carol Dweck and Angela Duckworth will be at the center of the program.
  • Small class sizes (5-10 students).
  • Core instruction from content-certified teachers in math, language arts, social studies, and science.
  • Part-time guidance counselor and behaviorist.
  • Part-time guidance counselor and behaviorist.
  • Common planning/PLC time built in for teachers to explore student data and plan inter-disciplinary lessons.
  • Group and individualized remediation sessions.
  • Time daily to celebrate/meet as a community and participate in the school's philosophy of instilling grit and resiliency.


2018-2019 HIB ABR Grade
Preakness Academy: N/A (Reopened in 2019-2020)
District: 70 out of 78



Preakness Academy
1006 Hamburg Turnpike
Wayne, NJ 07470

Ayanna Thorne, Principal of Hope and Preakness Academies

(973) 928-1509 / (551) 500-3628 (Hope), (973) 768-9229 (Preakness)

Dr. Brad Haimowitz, Supervisor of Special Services

(973) 614-8585 ext. 8654