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.

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)