Center School

  • 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.

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School Overview

School TypeSpecial 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
Grades OfferedGrades 1-8
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedDyslexia/Dysgraphia/ ADD/ Auditory processing / Executive function
Year Founded1989
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students90 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by Grade Center School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers22 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
75%
Average Class Size12 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$27,300
Tuition NotesTuition cost for 2014-15 school year
% on Financial Aid
25%
Average Financial Aid Grant$5,000
Admissions DirectorMegan Stalker

Sports

Total Sports Offered3 sports
SportsBasketball, Soccer, SoftballBasketballSoccer,
Softball

Extracurriculars

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

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.

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (6 reviews)
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This school saved my granddaughter's educational life. The school did a fantastic job of teaching her how to deal with her learning differences and enabled her to transition back to a more traditional school. The strategies she learned at Center School have enabled her to overcome her learning challenges. Center School is now doing the same with my grandson, who also suffers from Dyslexia. The school is a hidden gem. I would strongly recommend this school to any parent or grandparent with a child with learning differences.
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I am very glad to have sent two children to Center School. It is a remarkable learning institution for kids with some type of learning disability. The faculty is able to break through and teach children how to learn differently. One of our children has transitioned back to a typical school and is thriving with the skill set learned at Center School. The other has just started and is making tremendous strides in his first year there. I strongly recommend this school to any parents whose children are finding it difficult to learn in the conventional school setting.
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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.
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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.
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One of the best schools out there, I would not be where I am at in life without them
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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.
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