Center School

2450 Hamilton Avenue,
Abington, PA, 19001-0175
     Tel: (215)657-2200
Grades: 1 - 8 | 90 students
Center School, a co-educational day school for children ages 6-14, is focused on teaching children with learning disabilities ranging from dyslexia and dysgraphia to ADD, auditory processing and executive function issues using proven techniques including the well-respected Orton-Gillingham method.
Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, Center School’s outstanding track record points to improved reading and academics, an enhanced sense of self awareness and a warm, inviting environment for learning.Center School is committed to each child's individual needs and provides ongoing strategies for optimal development both inside and outside the classroom. 

Center School has gained distinction among private schools in PA by offering a curriculum which fosters each child's maximum development and potential.
Center School is committed to providing a supportive educational setting for students who have experienced difficulties in learning.
These children have often established cycles of failure and frustration in prior educational settings, and breaking these cycles is our top priority.
Center School is dedicated to designing educational programs which foster each child's maximum academic, social, and emotional development.
Our students benefit from instructional techniques which accommodate their unique learning styles and make the most of their individual strengths.
Students are encouraged to take risks and not to be intimidated by mistakes or the need to seek assistance.
The ability to work through difficult situations using positive problem-solving skills enhances student potential in all areas.
Positive outcomes and meaningful successes are key factors in enhancing self-esteem.

School Overview

School Type Special Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. Other special emphasis association(s)
Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS)
Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools
Orton-Gillingham Academy of Practioners and Educators
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades 1 - 8
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Dyslexia/Dysgraphia/ ADD/ Auditory processing / Executive function
Year Founded 1989

Student Body

Total Students 90 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 20%
State avg.: 20%
Students by Grade Center School Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 22 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 75%
Average Class Size 12 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $27,300
Tuition Notes Tuition cost for 2014-15 school year
% on Financial Aid 25%
Average Financial Aid Grant $5,000
Admissions Director Megan Stalker

Sports

Total Sports Offered 3 sports
Sports Basketball, Soccer, SoftballBasketballSoccer,
Softball

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 4 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. EarlyAct Rotary, art, digital photography, drama art,  drama, EarlyAct Rotary,
digital photography,

School Notes:

The Center School, private school offering students whose achievements have suffered due to lack of reading and language skills or learning differences an opportunity to break old cycles of failure and frustration. Center School has gained distinction among private schools in PA by offering a curriculum which fosters each child's maximum development and potential. Center School is committed to providing a supportive educational setting for students who have experienced difficulties in learning. These children have often established cycles of failure and frustration in prior educational settings, and breaking these cycles is our top priority. Center School is dedicated to designing educational programs which foster each child's maximum academic, social, and emotional development. Our students benefit from instructional techniques which accommodate their unique learning styles and make the most of their individual strengths. Students are encouraged to take risks and not to be intimidated by mistakes or the need to seek assistance. The ability to work through difficult situations using positive problem-solving skills enhances student potential in all areas. Positive outcomes and meaningful successes are key factors in enhancing self-esteem.

Profile last updated: 06/30/2014

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School Reviews

Recommended
1 year ago
Center School has changed my son''s life! He is learning, growing and thriving socially, emotionally and academically. I can''t express how wonderful and caring all the teachers and staff are in the school and how hard they work to make all the kids a success.
- Posted by Parent
Recommended
1 year ago
This school was a godsend. It took until our son was finishing 5th grade to really understand he needed to be in a school that knows how to teach to kids with learning disabilities. In our case, ADHD kept my son back in math and reading. In less than a year, we have seen incredible progress. I''d recommend this school to anyone and tell them not to wait another year. The teachers are outstanding and the student body is wonderful.
- Posted by Parent
Recommended
1 year ago
One of the best schools out there, I would not be where I am at in life without them
- Posted by Student/Alumni
Recommended
1 year ago
I am a middle school teacher at Center School. I love the ability to be able to instruct students at their level, thereby giving them exactly what they need. The faculty is committed and dedicated to each and every student.
- Posted by Teacher

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