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 an update on our distance learning, after almost 2 months…

As parents, families, staff, paraprofessionals, related service providers, and educators, we are all working hard to engage our students in their daily learning. We all miss each other so much and find that this time has certainly shown us how connected we all really are!  
At The Phoenix Center, our remote learning and teleconferencing tell a story of ”connectedness and togetherness.” We are so grateful for our staff and especially our families as they work with us in the education of their children.
But don’t take my word for it, take a look at this video of our staff and families working hand-in-hand. A special thank you and shout out to our own Tuhina, parents Pooja and K.K., Colleen (P.T.) and Violetta (Paraprofessional). Great job!

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.

We are all looking forward to being together in the classrooms, but until then, we wish you well from our homes to yours. Look for more updates from The Phoenix Center in the form of emails and videos. Until then, take care, and stay healthy.

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: Preparedness Plan: School Health-Related Closure Preparedness Plan Updated 5-21-20 COVID-related communications: 5-11-20 Parent Letter English | Spanish 4-2-20 Parent Letter English | Spanish 3-27-20 Employee Positive COVID-19 Update – English | Spanish 3-26-20 Updated Closing Information – English | Spanish 3-21-20 COVID-19 Update – English | […]

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The Phoenix Center’s distance learning program during Coronavirus lockdown was featured in an article. Please read more at logo

You may be aware that #GivingTuesdayNow is taking place on Tuesday, May 5th.  It is a global day of giving meant to help non-profits like The Phoenix Center address funding gaps for a variety of reasons caused by the Covid19 Pandemic. We are participating in #GivingTuesdayNow this year and, as in the past, your participation will mean so much to its […]

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