Center School Observes 9/11 Anniversary

Each year, Center School students and staff observe the 9/11 anniversary through various lessons, music and art.  Students of our elementary learning studio collaborated on a beautiful piece of art work that will be shared for years to come.Sep11 Photo

The Center School has Moved to State-of-the-Art Facility in Somerset NJ

For Immediate Release  

The Center School special needs school Somerset NJFRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – On Friday, May 2nd, The Center School took possession of their new property at 2 Riverview Drive in Franklin Township, after receiving zoning approval to allow for a school in the M-1 Zone District. The new location is conveniently located off of Route 287 and will be ready for a soft opening in July 2014. The grand opening is scheduled for the September 2014 academic year.

“Now begins the hard work of retrofitting this 80,000 square foot office building into a state-of-the-art learning center for students from kindergarten through high school and beyond,” said Executive Director/Principal Marcie Fiorentino. “It will be wonderful to have a permanent place to be – we have been in temporary quarters in Branchburg after a fire destroyed our original school in Highland Park.”

The Center School is a private, non-profit, state-accredited facility for bright, learning-disabled students. The Center School serves over 65 districts throughout New Jersey by providing a supportive educational environment in which each student may reach his or her potential for academic, emotional and physical health. A comprehensive learning experience is offered that allows each student to develop his or her personal best.

“We have created a team approach that includes carefully selected, dedicated staff who work in unison with the students, the parents/guardians, and the referring school district,” said Fiorentino. “This new facility will allow us to expand and offer more services to our students.”

Even before the expansion, The Center School offers Kindergarten, Elementary and High School Academics, vocational and college preparatory programs as well as specialized educational plans, occupational therapy and counseling services. Programs and extracurricular activities include Robotics, Performing Arts, Television Production, Intramurals, 4H Clubs, Bike and Computer Clubs.

“We are also developing a Work Readiness Transitions program for students who graduate from high school, but are not quite ready for the world of work,” said Fiorentino. “Part of this program will be in the new facility, and part will be in our second hand Thrift Shop located in Somerville.”

For further information, go to www.thecenterschool.com or contact Maryellen Gabrowski, Assistant Director, mgrabowski@thecenterschool.com, 908-253-3870 ex. 174.

Media Contact
Marcie Fiorentino, Executive Director / Principal
marcief@thecenterschool.com
(908)253-3870 x- 112
www.thecenterschool.com

Elementary School Individualized Education Program (IEP)

Marcie Fiorentino, Executive Director, The Center SchoolIt’s hard knowing how to approach your child about them needing an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and explaining to them that they’re not ‘normal’ .  Elementary school is when most kids start to realize that they are different; that’s probably the most important time to reach your child and help them understand themselves.  Help them realize that it’s not a bad thing to have an IEP, having one can actually be a tool to help you throughout the rest of your life.  At The Center School’s elementary school, we really work to help the children understand why they have an IEP and to understand how it can help them with their learning.  We have very intimate classrooms usually no more than 4 students in an elementary class. Each class has one or two professionally certified teachers  and a full-time therapist who works with the students and gets to know them really well.  The professionals are very proactive with the students and building their self-esteem is our aim while teaching them the social skills that they need to accept that they have something that is special about them.  We want them to understand that an IEP is something that they can turned into a strength as they grow and learn.

The Center School to Move to State-of-the-Art Facility in Franklin Township

For Immediate Release  

The Center School, 2 Riverview Rd, Someret NJFRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – On Friday, May 2nd, The Center School took possession of their new property at 2 Riverview Drive in Franklin Township, after receiving zoning approval to allow for a school in the M-1 Zone District. The new location is conveniently located off of Route 287 and will be ready for a soft opening in July 2014. The grand opening is scheduled for the September 2014 academic year.

“Now begins the hard work of retrofitting this 80,000 square foot office building into a state-of-the-art learning center for students from kindergarten through high school and beyond,” said Executive Director/Principal Marcie Fiorentino. “It will be wonderful to have a permanent place to be – we have been in temporary quarters in Branchburg after a fire destroyed our original school in Highland Park.”

The Center School is a private, non-profit, state-accredited facility for bright, learning-disabled students. The Center School serves over 65 districts throughout New Jersey by providing a supportive educational environment in which each student may reach his or her potential for academic, emotional and physical health. A comprehensive learning experience is offered that allows each student to develop his or her personal best.

“We have created a team approach that includes carefully selected, dedicated staff who work in unison with the students, the parents/guardians, and the referring school district,” said Fiorentino. “This new facility will allow us to expand and offer more services to our students.”

Even before the expansion, The Center School offers Kindergarten, Elementary and High School Academics, vocational and college preparatory programs as well as specialized educational plans, occupational therapy and counseling services. Programs and extracurricular activities include Robotics, Performing Arts, Television Production, Intramurals, 4H Clubs, Bike and Computer Clubs.

“We are also developing a Work Readiness Transitions program for students who graduate from high school, but are not quite ready for the world of work,” said Fiorentino. “Part of this program will be in the new facility, and part will be in our second hand Thrift Shop located in Somerville.”

For further information, go to www.thecenterschool.com or contact Maryellen Gabrowski, Assistant Director, mgrabowski@thecenterschool.com, 908-253-3870 ex. 174.

Media Contact
Marcie Fiorentino, Executive Director / Principal
marcief@thecenterschool.com
(908)253-3870 x- 112
www.thecenterschool.com

A living history lesson on the Revolutionary War

The Center School’s very own Mr. Rinaldi presented a living history lesson on the Revolutionary War and the Continental Soldier. Students and staff from all grade levels were invited to take part in a ‘living’ lesson. Mr. Rinaldi participates in re-enactments throughout the year and was able to present equipment and tools the soldiers used, as well as the uniforms, to explain the military aspect of the war. Thank you Mr. Rinaldi for a wonderful presentation!

Extended School Year Program

Our Center School - Extended School Year ProgramThe Extended School Year Program provides additional time for students, beyond the school year, to help develop their academic and social skills. Each year, students are encouraged to pick their own topics for language arts projects which are presented at the end of the program.

Center School Elementary School

Our Elementary School program content focuses on acquisition of basic skills. These skills are viewed not only as ends in themselves but also as tools to support a continuum of learning.Center School Elementary School

The program is carried out through small group instruction that considers unique learning styles and personal strengths and weaknesses. Instruction may take place in situations that range from individual tutoring to groups of eight to ten. Curriculum objectives are adjusted in rate of presentation, quantity and quality of work, and sequence of instruction as indicated by the needs of the student.

NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards are addressed in the following areas:

  • Reading
  • Handwriting
  • Spelling
  • Written Expression
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Life Skills
  • Physical Education
  • Art & Music
  • Computers
  • Wood Working (for older elementary students only)