Parent Support Group

The Center School Parent Support Group
The Center School is excited to announce our First Parent Support Group coming up October 3, 2017 at 6pm to be held at The Center School.

Learning Studios

The Center School has created a learning center for students from kindergarten through high school and beyond. There is an abundance of students who can benefit from specialized attention. Public schools do a great job- working with many students and juggling budget issues – curriculum issues – time issues. We work with the children who might fall through the cracks – who need a specialized approach to learning and a helping hand. Parents of students who are having difficulties in school may reach out to guidance teachers, principals, and perhaps a child study team. If this in-school team does not have the resources necessary to deal with the challenges presented by a particular student, the school can allocate funds for special education.  There are also students who need added support after they graduate.  Our Work Readiness Transition Program is ideally suited for students that need real world work experience, career guidance and support into higher education.

Occupational Therapy

Sensation is the detection of stimuli (environmental or bodily events) whereas Perception is the organization and interpretation of sensory information. To perceive the world accurately the senses must first respond with the optimal level of activity needed to accurately detect the source of the stimulation.  At The Center School, a private non-profit school for bright students with learning and/or emotional challenges our Occupational Therapists (OTs) have been treating SPD (Sensory Processing Disorders) also know as sensory integration dysfunction since 1979, in our state-of-the-art Occupational Therapy learning studio.

Information Technology Curriculum & Programs

All staff and students have access to a fully networked, state-of-the-art computer lab. Equipment includes computers installed in ergonomically correct desks, flat screen monitors, color graphic printers, scanners, DVD writers, overhead projectors, digital and video cameras, color copier, tablet pc, laptops, Danas, a large plasma screen for the high school science lab, and an extensive DVD and CD library. Regular instruction for all classes includes a comprehensive curriculum that is tailored to meet individual needs, interests, and levels of expertise. Special activities are offered during and after school for students interested in information technology.

School-wide Curriculum

  • Alphasmart/Dana Wireless Lab
  • Computer Literacy/Basic skills
  • Graphic Design
  • Inspiration
  • Internet Browsing: Research, Web Development
  • Keyboarding
  • Microsoft Home Publishing
  • Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Power Point
  • Mobile Laptop Lab
  • Report Writing: research, composition, editing
  • WeatherNet

Elementary & Middle School students receive weekly instruction in the above areas as well as in specialized programs:

  • Encyclopedias
  • Excel/graphs
  • Kidspiration (elementary only)
  • Storybook Weaver
  • Educational programs that facilitate problem solving and logical thinking and support skills in math, vocabulary, social studies, e.g., Carmen SanDiego, Tonka, Oregon/Yukon Trail, etc.

High School Courses and Programs for Independent Study:

High school students may take courses ranging from a one marking period elective to individualized five credit courses. Courses vary according to students’ needs.

  • CD Production: music compilation, cover design, liner notes, title
  • Web Design: page layout, graphic formatting, hyperlinks
  • Animation: keyframing, tweening, scripting
  • Digital Illustration: bezier curves, repeats, swatches
  • Video Editing: capturing, transitions, titles
  • Multimedia Design: Compositing, layouts, sound editing
  • Photo Editing: layers, filters, image adjustment
  • 3D Modeling: polygon design, shading, texturing
  • Film Production: screenplay, story board, acting, filming, editing

Hands-on Business Experience for Students

High School and Middle School students may participate in various computer-based activities that emphasize technology expertise and workplace skills such as personal responsibility, time management, budgeting, and communication.

GET WITH IT*

This after-school program is mainly for high school students interested in *Information *Technology although some advanced 8th graders may participate as well. Activities focus on many aspects of IT*:

  • Hardware
  • Building computers
  • Installing wiring
  • Talking to sales representatives
  • Installing software
  • Talking to technical support personnel to solve problems
  • Performing maintenance tasks
  • Testing new equipment
  • Making recommendations for use of equipment
  • Inventory skills

Teaching to strengths

The core mission of The Center School (TCS) is to Teach to strengths while Centering on needs  in order to empower our Students.

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.

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)

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)

Center School Middle School

The Center School an NJ special needs Middle SchoolCenter School Middle School skill development is emphasized in small, self-contained settings while varying degrees of departmentalization are introduced. Students begin learning to adapt to different teachers and class groups through many special programs that are tailored to meet the needs of each class. Transferring authority, developing organizational skills, and increasing personal responsibility prepare students for returning to district or advancing to Center School ‘s departmentalized high school program. Academic instruction and materials are adjusted for each student on a continuing basis.

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

Reading/Literature
Language Arts
Social Studies
Science

Mathematics
Computer Skills
Art
Music

Physical Education
Health
Life Skills
Wood Working

Center School High School

Center School High School studentsOur High School offers a comprehensive academic program. Up to 35 credits can be earned each year; these credits are transferred to the student’s high school transcript in his/her home school toward graduation. Upon completion of courses, a student is eligible for promotion or graduation within the local district. After leaving Center School, many options are available to students: a return to the district high school, a vocational program, another private school, a college, the workplace, or any combination of the above. Shared-time programs with Center School are also possible. The homeroom teacher guides the student’s daily program. Homeroom periods provide a time for class meetings, socialization and planned activities. Academic instruction is provided in small groups with remediation and assistance always available.

The Center School Robotics Team Competition

The Center School , a private, non-profit, state-accredited facility for bright, learning-disabled students was founded in 1971 by a small group of concerned parents and educators. The first location was a church The Center School High School Robotics Teamschool in Bound Brook, New Jersey. The doors opened in September 1971 with 34 students and a staff of 15.By 1976 the need for more space was critical, so the school moved from Bound Brook to Warren, New Jersey, where a newly vacated public school was rented. There was now space for an enhanced special education curriculum with a maximum of 13 classes.

It continued to be apparent, however, that Center School needed a building of its own. The Warren school was rapidly reaching its maximum student capacity, and local public schools were beginning to reclaim their rented facilities. Consequently, a vacated Highland Park school built in 1915 was purchased; major renovations and state required upgrades were completed prior to opening in September 1989.

Since 1971, there have been many changes at Center School. The student population is now four to five times larger then the original enrollment with corresponding expansion in staff and budget. There are three separate divisions including an Elementary, Middle School, and High School which provide individualized programs that adhere to New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards.

Although the number of school districts served each year is usually between 55 and 65, approximately 150 districts have made referrals to Center School. Disabilities served have included Learning/Language Disabilities; Dyslexia Spectrum Disorder affecting Reading, Spelling, and Written Language; Mood Disorders/Bipolar, Depression; Anxiety Disorders/OCD, PTSD, etc.; Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder; Oppositional Defiant Disorder; Adjustment Disorders; Asperger’s Syndrome; Motor Skills/Sensory Integration Deficit; and Tic Disorders.

A long-standing record of creative shared-time scheduling, a strong return rate to local districts, and frequent transition to higher education reflects Center School’s philosophy of preparing students for future educational and vocational experiences.It is hoped that with ongoing support by dedicated members of the Center School community, our services will continue to expand to meet the ever growing needs of our student population.