Center School Foundation’s 5th Annual Comedy Night

A Falltastic Evening of Entertainment:

Enchanted, Spectacular Comedy Hosted by The Center School Foundation starring:
Magician: Will Fern   Mentalist: Mike Kirschner   Comedian: Matthew Richards.

Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 7:00 PM, Arts Annex, Dunellen, NJ

131 N. Washington Avenue, Dunellen, NJ 08812

Doors Open 6:30PM, ONLY THOSE 21 YEARS OR OLDER ADMITTED. Show your Harvest Spirit by dressing in scarecrow apparel and get a raffle ticket for a chance to win a price!

$50PP, includes light fare & dessert, CASH BAR AVAILABLE.

Purchase Comedy Night Tickets Here!

Scarecrow Comedy Night Flyer 2015

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

The Center School Ribbon Cutting
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 Foundation Scholarship 2014

The Center School Foundation Scholarship Award for college bound high school seniors.The Center School Foundation 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 four (4) applicants. There will be two (s) recipients from The Center School and two (2) recipients from an outside community. These scholarships are paid though 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 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

6th Annual Wine Tasting, Silent Auction and Dinner Dance

Captial Campaign

Our major capital campaign provides financial assistance which enabled The Center School to move into a solely owned 79,000 square foot Somerset County facility fully equipped to serve the special needs students in our community whose lives are affected by all kinds of learning disabilities.

We need to raise funds via our capital campaigns to continue offering services in the community. Please consider making a tax deductible contribution to help make sure that students living with learning disabilities in our community have a school that caters to each of their specific needs. By your contribution to our capital campaign, you’ll be recognized as a donor in upcoming issues of our newsletter. You’ll also enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that your generosity will help make life less stressful for families affected by learning and language disabilities.  We are counting on your support.  Please click the donate link on this page today. Every donation, no matter what size, is greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance for your willingness to support the efforts of The Center School Foundation and make a difference in the lives of children with learning and language disabilities.

Wish List

Our Wish List for 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.

Center School provides 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. This is accomplished by carefully selected, dedicated staff working in unison with the student, the parents/guardians, and the sending district.

The goal for each Center School student is to be able to function well ultimately in whatever setting he/she may next experience. This may be accomplished by a return to a local school, a vocational program, another private school, a college, the armed services, the workplace or any combination of the above.

Center School is committed to helping each student become as self-sufficient and successful as possible.

Our Mission

The Center School Foundation’s mission is to provide perpetual financial support for The Center School, enabling the school to fund educational programs and acquire learning tools for the benefit of the students , as a complement to the traditional fund sources.