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 finds you well at this trying time, and that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. Thank you for your ongoing support of our school and mission.

As we each face this challenging time, The Phoenix Center is here to remind you that we are part of your community, and here to help, should you need anything, we will assist you in any way that we can. We also wanted to share an update for you on the health, well-being, and activities of The Phoenix Center.

TPC is closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and is following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the NJ Dept. of Health, the Nutley Dept. of Health, and the NJ Dept. of Education regarding guidelines for prevention and the spread of COVID-19.  Per Governor Murphy’s  Executive Order, we will remain closed until such time as he lifts the Order. We will continually monitor the incidents of COVID-19 and stay in touch with you with updates, as needed.

As part of our School Health-Related Closure Preparedness Plan, and maintaining the continuity of instruction for our students, we are utilizing Google Classroom and tabletop activities that are implemented in the home and with our staff, students, and their families. As always, our Phoenix Center staff are here to support our students and families during this “new normal” of distance and virtual learning, and are available to assist with this effort, whenever needed.

We have made the difficult decision to postpone our big annual Fundraiser, Casino Night, originally scheduled for Friday, May 1st , to a date yet to be determined.

Despite the challenging times, we continue our commitment to helping our students, their families and community, and will help in any way that we can. Please contact us with any questions or assistance you may need.

Thank you for your continued support, especially during these uncertain times, so we can continue to provide our ongoing educational and community services. Together we will get through this! Please stay safe and healthy!

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

This post was updated on 4/3/2020 at 6:05 pm. The following are our school closing and communication documents: Parent Letter 4-2-20 5 Hints & Tips on How to Speak About COVID-19 with People with Disabilities Meals for Kids interactive map directs people to local sites where kids can get free meals, if needed USDA National […]

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We have made the difficult decision to postpone our big annual Fundraiser, Casino Night, originally scheduled for Friday, May 1st , to a date yet to be determined. Friday, May 1, 20207:00pm – 11:00pm The Phoenix Center16 Monsignor Owens PlaceNutley, NJ 07110 Includes a fun evening of gambling, passed hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, soda, dessert […]

Special needs students at The Phoenix Center are the only students in the country to have this educational and social tool at their fingertips. Learn more about how the photon robot provides both life skills and therapy while students play. Watch the NJ News Network feature.


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