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

Happy 2021 to you all! We have decided to refer to this year as “Hindsight is 2020” in the hopes that we will use what we have learned from our experiences in the past year as we move forward.

Due to the continuation of COVID-19 protocols, we have opted to make our 30th Anniversary Gala Fundraiser on Saturday, June 5th a virtual event, ensuring the health and safety of our friends, families, and supporters.

I am so very proud of The Phoenix Center’s students, their families, and staff for coming together to make the learning experience so robust and engaging. We could not have done it without everyone’s dedication, out-of-the-box thinking, and Herculean efforts.

Equally as important are the contributions of our donors and sponsor community. We so appreciate the long-term involvement of Modera Wealth, TradeWeb, and UBS in our holiday cheer efforts, to our longest-standing supporter, the Columbia Bank Foundation, who is the title sponsor of our Gala event, and Thomas J. Kemly, CEO and President, and our honoree.

Together, we will weather the storm, rise and soar, like the ancient phoenix our name is taken from. I invite you to contribute in any way you can…a silent auction item, a sponsorship, or a gift and/or ad in honor of a loved one. 

Remember, though we may not all be able to be physically together often, our virtual door is always open to you. Please call or email us with any questions you may have. Until next time, take care, be well and stay connected.

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

PS Please remember that you can support the initiatives and programming not covered by tuition dollars by donating through our DONATE page here.

The following are our school closing and communication documents: The Phoenix Center’s School Preparedness Plan, updated 11-17-20 The Phoenix Center’s 2020-2021 Re-Entry & Recovery Plan, updated 10-22-20 English | Spanish 2020-21 School Calendar Distance Learning Resources & Links COVID-related communications: 1-25-21 Confirmed Case Parent Letter-English|Spanish 11-17-20 Parent Letter-School Closing-English|Spanish 11-7-20 Exposure Parent Letter- English|Spanish 10-9-20 […]

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Executive Director of The Phoenix Center, Julie Mower shares insights on choosing the right school for your loved one. Here are a few highlights from the full-featured article in NJ Education Report: Help students discover their talents Lead from care and experience Take varied approaches to educating based on need Plant seeds for long-term success […]

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This year, The Phoenix Center celebrates 30 years of educational excellence. We thought this called for a once-in-thirty-years kind of celebration. Due to health concerns, the continuation of COVID-19 restrictions–and our commitment to keeping our friends, family and supporters safe–we have made the decision to make the Gala virtual. We are honoring Columbia Bank Foundation […]

The Phoenix Center’s own Julie Mower shared her thoughts and tips on how to help you and your child experience the holidays during this “New Normal.” Read more on the NJ101.5 website:

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