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 Restart & Recovery Plan with an addendum, updated 3-17-21 The Phoenix Center’s Restart & Recovery Plan with an addendum-Spanish, updated 3-17-21 Updated 2020-2021 School Calendar TPC Restart and Recovery Plan: Phase Two, March 15, 2021 Presentation School Health Related Closure Preparedness Plan – […]

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For children with disabilities, especially those with a diagnosis of autism, animal-assisted therapy (AAT) has become increasingly popular. Why? Because it’s often easier for kids on the spectrum to relate to animals than other people.   For the entire article, check out this post on NJ Education Report.

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