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Westlake School

Westlake School Teacher of the Year Robyn Pajewski, Special Education Teacher

Westlake School Teacher of the Year Robyn Pajewski, Special Education Teacher

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2024 Westlake School Unsung Hero Venus Armstrong

2024 Westlake School Unsung Hero Venus Armstrong

About Westlake School

1571 Lamberts Mill Road  Westfield, New Jersey 07090


Welcome to Westlake School!  We are a public school specializing in serving classified students from ages 7 to 21 that have multiple disabilities, these include cognitive impairments, autism spectrum disorders, visual impairments, hearing impairments, learning disabilities, communication impairments, other health impairments, traumatic brain injuries, and physical disabilities.  We are a special needs school that prides ourselves in providing opportunities for students to create connections between school and everyday life through hands on academics, vocational and transitional skills, social/emotional coping skills and behavioral intervention strategies.  We aim to provide needed services in a barrier free setting which include all related services: Speech and Augmentative Communication, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Counseling.

Integral to our academic program, students are taught traditional academics as well as daily life skills through hands on activities and subject based functional academic curriculum. Academics are embedded throughout the school day and generalized into our community based instruction model for success.

Our Comprehensive High School Transition and Work Readiness Program supports students with in-house workshops designed to build on a student’s vocational success and interests while expanding and encouraging the development of new abilities.  Students transfer their vocational skills in creating products, learning to increase time on task, reinforce social skills and apply money handling skills through exposure and experience. Our Workshops include: exposure to graphic arts, sign making, sewing, jewelry making, retail store, post office/mail carrier, custodial/ADL, cafe/chocolates, and packaging/assembly.

Our Job Academy experience provides an additional vocational component centered on high interest, structured learning experiences intended to immerse students in job exploration in a community setting.

Westlake School’s mission is to provide support, guidance and direction for each student to achieve their greatest level of independence in order for students to have the requisite skills needed for their success upon graduation.

Claudine Tantillo, Principal
Robert Peneno, Supervisor of Instruction

Principal's Message

Westlake Principal's Message

Ms. Claudine Tantillo, Principal

Welcome to Westlake School, a place where every student's potential is recognized, celebrated, and nurtured. Our school is dedicated to creating an inclusive and empowering educational environment that caters to the unique abilities and talents of each student to succeed to the best of their ability.

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District Anti-Bullying Coordinator
Will Graulich, Director
45 Cardinal Drive Westfield, NJ 07090
908-233-9317 x1026

Westlake School
Anti-Bullying Specialist

Phyllis Sandrock, LCSW
Social Worker
1571 Lamberts Mill Rd, Westfield, NJ 07090
908-232-4181 x6034