Accredited Private Special Needs School in Northern NJ for Students Ages 5-21

Based in Nutley, NJ The Phoenix Center is an accredited private special needs school serving the educational, behavioral and therapeutic needs of students ages 5-21 with autism, multiple disabilities, behavioral and intellectual disabilities. Our customized programs are built around the whole child and anchored by a hands-on, real-life, community-based instruction model.

A Message From the Executive Director

We hope this message continues to find you and your family well, safe, and healthy.

Here is our fifth distance learning update, after three months of providing educational services while in the safety of our homes…

Over the last few months, we have worked together in so many new and exciting ways. We have virtually welcomed each other into our homes. Together and without the luxury of school equipment and space, we have improvised, collaborated, and created lessons to engage the students in learning!

Our focus in this update is our special area teachers: Art, Physical & Health Education, Music, and CFL (Community Family Life).  Take a look at how Matt, Danny, Len, Linda and Ashley are engaging our students in new ways! I hope you enjoy this new glimpse at how our teachers are sharing their skills, knowledge, and the love of education.

Given the health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the social distancing guidelines provided by Governor Murphy and the CDC, The Phoenix Center has decided to continue virtual/distance learning through our ESY program. Our ESY calendar will begin on Monday, July 6th, and go through Friday, July 31st.

A big congratulations goes to our Class of 2020! Although we could not be in person, our virtual graduation ceremony was a beautiful dedication to our graduating students. Congratulations to Sean B, Lisette B, Daniel C, Sean C, Connor D, Colby D, Katie F, Jarette H, Nicholas K, Lindsay L, Jeyra P, and Liam W! We wish you only the best!

If you have any questions, please call me at 973-542-0743 ext. 302 or email me at Although working from home, I am currently receiving all of my voicemail messages and emails consistently.  Until next time, take care, be well, and stay connected!

As always, thank you for your continued trust and support of The Phoenix Center and its mission. Thank you also for your ongoing partnership in the education of your child.

With gratitude,
Julie Mower, M.A.Ed.
Executive Director

P.S. Our #GivingTuesdayNow campaign went so well! Thank you to all that made donations and supported our school.  🙂 If you missed #GivingTuesdayNow and want to donate now, please do so on the DONATE page of the website.  Thank you.

The following are our school closing and communication documents: The Phoenix Center’s 2020-2021 Re-Entry Plan English|Spanish 2020-21 School Calendar Preparedness Plan: School Health-Related Closure Preparedness Plan Updated 6-18-20 COVID-related communications: 7-28-20 Parent Letter-English|Spanish 6-17-20 Parent Letter-End of the Year-English |Spanish 6-2-20 Parent Letter-ESY- English |Spanish 5-11-20 Parent Letter English | Spanish 4-2-20 Parent Letter English […]

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