Phoenix Center, Inc.
16 Msgr. Owens PlaceCounty:Essex
Nutley, NJ 07110Year Established:1991

Executive Director:Julie Mower, M.A. Ed.
Principal:Katie Passarotti
Assistant Principal:Andrew Schuck
Business Manager:Claire Holdsworth

Type of Program/Services:An approved full day 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. private school program for students 5 through 21.

Services Include:Speech/Language, Occupational and Physical Therapy. Physical Education, Music,Art,Community-Based Instruction, Supported Employment, Consumer Family Life Curriculum. The Phoenix Center's curriculum is aligned to the NJDOE Core Curriculum Content Standards and the Common Core Standards. Some classes employ Discrete Trial Instruction and DIR- Floortime Model. Parent and sibling support groups, Educational Workshops, Respite Care, Behavioral support for home.

Full-time staff:181Part-time staff:8

Classes Offered/Disabilites Served:Autism, Multiple Disabilities
Age Range:5-21
Counties Served:Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren
Approval/Accreditation:NJDOE National Commission for the Accreditation of Special Education Services (NCASES)
Number of Students/Clients:144
Number of Classes (if school):16
Grade Range:Ungraded
Length of School/Program Year:10 month with Extended School Year in July
Private Students/Clients accepted:No
Scholarships available:No

Mission Statement:The Phoenix Center’s purpose is to provide a well integrated, educational and therapeutic program to pupils with severe developmental disabilities and those on the autism spectrum from ages five through 21.Our services focus on the development of the whole child and his/her family. The students present with challenging behaviors, communicative limitations, sensory regulation issues, and medical conditions which require intensive individualized instruction. Our team approach provides diversified programming with the emphasis on communication, student independence, social emotional growth, career development and integrated employment opportunities.We create customized, unique and individualized programs for students whose needs cannot be met in other special education settings. We care for, educate and empower our students and graduates so that they may develop life-centered skills which will maximize their adaptation to adult life… to empower each student to rise, like the ancient phoenix, above their disabilities to new levels of success and happiness.