The Center School Wins Innovation Award From Educational Web Site

The Center School has been named one of the nation’s 41 top innovative schools by an educational Web site.

The Center School has been named one of the country’s top innovative K-12 schools by an educational Web site.

Noodle.com announced that the Riverview Drive school is one of 41 schools awarded the distinction.

Noodle is an education Web site that helps parents find the right preschool, college, tutor or other learning resource for their children.

The Center School serves children with learning, behavioral and emotional challenges. The school recently relocated to its Somerset location.

The Center School was included on the inaugural list because it “demonstrates that students with significant academic, emotional, and mental health struggles can, with adequate positive supports, develop the skills and knowledge to thrive in many settings,” according to Noodle’s Web site. “By serving children from all over the state without the constraints of district boundaries, moreover, this school demonstrates the efficacy of allowing greater mobility for students to ensure that their learning and developmental needs are met successfully, as well as the flexibility to permit them to change programs as their learning issues evolve.”

“This year’s top 41 institutions exemplify new ways of addressing educational challenges and encouraging students to thrive,” Suzanne Podhurst, Noodle’s Editor-in-Chief, said in a release about the award. “All of the featured schools are making a demonstrable impact on the students they serve — and on the larger education space.”

“Innovative schools are about opportunities rather than problems, regardless of circumstances,” John Chubb, president of the National Association of Independent Schools, said in the release. “Educators who work in innovative schools envision an ideal future and then pioneer approaches to learning, teaching, and community-building that other schools can try out in their own settings. The schools recognized through the Innovative Schools Award show that experimenting and taking calculated risks to serve their students more effectively improves education for all children.”

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