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


Welcome to The Phoenix Center. I invite you to explore our website to get an understanding of the scope of programs and services we provide to our students. Our Core Values and Mission illustrate our primary purpose – to serve our students and their families and to provide cutting-edge and highly customized educational, therapeutic, and transition services and supports.  Our parents have entrusted me as the Executive Director to develop and oversee programs that will uncover their children’s full potential. It is my honor to continue to serve this educational community.

Unwrapping the many gifts and talents our students have is at the heart of what we do at The Phoenix Center. Together with our dedicated staff and our partnerships with our parents and school districts, we prepare our students for life beyond the classroom.

I invite you to browse our website and like us on social media. My door is always open, so feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. Take care and be well.

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.

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