School Type: Private, non-profit day school for classified students
Accreditation: New Jersey Department of Education
Divisions: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Transition
Student Population: 90-100
Student/Certified Special Education Teacher Ratio: 4:1
Student/Staff Ratio: 2:1
Student/Therapist Ratio: 18:1
Length of School Year: 10 Months
Extended School Year: 20 Days
Number of Districts served: 50 to 60
School Hours: 8:30 to 2:45, M-F
The Center School , a private, non-profit, state-accredited facility for bright, learning-disabled students was founded in 1971 by a small group of concerned parents and educators. The first location was a church school in Bound Brook, New Jersey. The doors opened in September 1971 with 45 students and a staff of 15. By 1976 the need for more space was critical, so the school moved from Bound Brook to Warren, New Jersey, where a newly vacated public school was rented. Programs and population grew within the school and in 1989 the school moved to a renovated building in Highland Park. Over the next 22 years The Center School figured prominently in the education of special needs students. In 2012, due to fire damage at the school, the program was moved, briefly for 2 years to Branchburg, and finally moved into its present location at 2 Riverview Drive, Somerset in September 2014.
Since 1971, there have been many changes at Center School. The student population is now four to five times larger then the original enrollment with corresponding expansion in staff and budget. There are three separate divisions including an Elementary, Middle School, and High School which provide individualized programs that adhere to New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards.