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The Center School Foundation 2015 Scholarship

The Center School Foundation Scholarship Award for college bound high school seniors.The Center School Foundation 2015 Scholarship

The mission of The Center School Foundation Scholarship is to empower and enable high schools students with disabilities to (a) go to college, (b) realize the impact their contributions can make on their community, and (c) target a career in an industry where they will thrive in their community. A primary goal of this scholarship is to increase the pool of persons living with a disability, who enroll in higher education and, in the long term, decrease the unemployment bias for this demographic.

This scholarship will identify promising high school seniors who have potential to enter and successfully complete a college program.  The amount of this non-renewable scholarship to be awarded is $1000, to five (5) New Jersey applicants. There will be three (3) recipients from The Center School and two (2) recipients from an outside community, who reside in Somerset or Middlesex counties.  These scholarships are paid through The Center School Foundation to the recipient’s school’s Financial Aid Office.

All candidates must be high school senior students, classified with an IEP, who plan to attend a 2 to 4 year University or College. Each applicant who is awarded a scholarship is required to submit a copy of their acceptance letter.

Click here to download The Center School Foundation High School Senior Scholarship Application

The “New” Center School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP – Franklin Township Mayor Brian Levin, Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula and representatives from The Somerset Country Business Partnership and the Tri-Country Chamber were on hand today to cut the ribbon for The Center School’s new facility at 2 Riverview Drive.

The Center School, founded in 1971 as a private, non-profit state-accredited school for bright, learning-disabled students, has finally found their “home” in Franklin Township after operating in temporary quarters in Branchburg after a fire claimed their building in Highland Park. Executive Director Marcie Fiorentino welcomed all the guests and gave a short, heartfelt speech on the difference The Center School made not only in each child’s life, but how they also made a difference in the lives of each family.

“We really want to thank everyone involved in making this wonderful new facility possible,” said Fiorentino. “Everyone has been so welcoming and we are looking forward to becoming part of the community.”

Children with learning disabilities and school adjustment problems experience difficulties in all aspects of their lives as well as in school. These disabilities affect academic achievement, peer relationships, family life, and the development of a positive self-image. The Center School provides a supportive educational environment in which each student may reach his or her potential for academic, emotional and physical health and this is accomplished by carefully selected, dedicated staff working in unison with the student, the parents/guardians, and the sending district.

The Center School offers complete education from K through 12-PLUS, serving between 55 and 65 school districts each year and they are committed to helping each student become as self-sufficient and successful as possible. Disabilities served by The Center School include:

– Asperger’s Syndrome
– Anxiety Disorders/OCD, PTSD, School Phobia, etc.
– Dyslexia Spectrum disorder: reading, spelling, written language
– Mood Disorders/Bipolar, Depression
– Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
– Oppositional Defiant Disorder
– Adjustment Disorders
– Motor/Sensory Integration Deficits

The Center School has clinical staff that includes full time social workers, a psychologist, an art therapist and a visiting psychiatrist that consults weekly to assess students and meet with staff. Applications are accepted throughout the school year. The application process involves the following:

– referral information about the student from the Child Study Team, parents, and/or private educational consultants – a review of clinical records and evaluations
– an interview and informal screening of the applicant
– an interview of parents/guardians by a counselor – interpretation and discussion of screening results with parents and case manager
– prompt placement decision

“Anyone is welcome to call with questions regarding admission,” said Fiorentino. “Please call me on (908) 253–3870.”

The Center School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The Center School Ribbon Cutting ceremony
FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP – Franklin Township Mayor Brian Levin, Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula and representatives from The Somerset Country Business Partnership and the Tri-Country Chamber were on hand today to cut the ribbon for The Center School’s new facility at 2 Riverview Drive.

The Center School, founded in 1971 as a private, non-profit state-accredited school for bright, learning-disabled students, has finally found their “home” in Franklin Township after operating in temporary quarters in Branchburg after a fire claimed their building in Highland Park.

Executive Director Marcie Fiorentino welcomed all the guests and gave a short, heartfelt speech on the difference The Center School made not only in each child’s life, but how they also made a difference in the lives of each family.

“We really want to thank everyone involved in making this wonderful new facility possible,” said Fiorentino. “Everyone has been so welcoming and we are looking forward to becoming part of the community.”

Children with learning disabilities and school adjustment problems experience difficulties in all aspects of their lives as well as in school. These disabilities affect academic achievement, peer relationships, family life, and the development of a positive self-image.

The Center School provides a supportive educational environment in which each student may reach his or her potential for academic, emotional and physical health and this is accomplished by carefully selected, dedicated staff working in unison with the student, the parents/guardians, and the sending district.

The Center School offers complete education from K through 12-PLUS, serving between 55 and 65 school districts each year and they are committed to helping each student become as self-sufficient and successful as possible.
Disabilities served by The Center School include:

– Asperger’s Syndrome
– Anxiety Disorders/OCD, PTSD, School Phobia, etc.
– Dyslexia Spectrum disorder: reading, spelling, written language
– Mood Disorders/Bipolar, Depression
– Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
– Oppositional Defiant Disorder
– Adjustment Disorders
– Motor/Sensory Integration Deficits

The Center School has clinical staff that includes full time social workers, a psychologist, an art therapist and a visiting psychiatrist that consults weekly to assess students and meet with staff.
Applications are accepted throughout the school year. The application process involves the following:

– referral information about the student from the Child Study Team, parents, and/or private educational consultants
– a review of clinical records and evaluations
– an interview and informal screening of the applicant
– an interview of parents/guardians by a counselor
– interpretation and discussion of screening results with parents and case manager
– prompt placement decision

“Anyone is welcome to call with questions regarding admission,” said Fiorentino. “Please call me on (908) 253–3870 or email me at marcief@thecenterschool.com or visit us online at http://www.thecenterschool.com

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