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The Center School Prepares For September Opening

A private school for the learning disabled is preparing its new home in the township for a September grand opening.

The Center School last week closed on its new home at 2 Riverview Drive. The K-12 school had been operating out of a Branchburg building after its original school in Highland Park was destroyed by fire.

“Now begins the hard work of retrofitting this 80,000 square foot office building into a state-of-the-art learning center for students from kindergarten through high school and beyond,” school executive director and principal Marcie Fiorentino said in a news release. “It will be wonderful to have a permanent place to be.”

Children from more than 65 districts around the state attend the school, according to the release.

“We have created a team approach that includes carefully selected, dedicated staff who work in unison with the students, the parents/guardians, and the referring school district,” Fiorentino said in the release. “This new facility will allow us to expand and offer more services to our students.”

The Center School offers Kindergarten, elementary and high school academics, vocational and college preparatory programs as well as specialized educational plans, occupational therapy and counseling services, according to the release. Programs and extracurricular activities include robotics, performing arts, television production, intramurals, 4H, bike and computer clubs.

“We are also developing a Work Readiness Transitions program for students who graduate from high school, but are not quite ready for the world of work,” Fiorentino said in the release. “Part of this program will be in the new facility, and part will be in our second hand thrift shop located in Somerville.”

For more information, go to www.thecenterschool.com or contact Maryellen Gabrowski, Assistant Director, mgrabowski@thecenterschool.com, 908-253-3870 ex. 174.

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