Letter from Head of School

Welcome to our Website!

Center School is now in its 28th year of educating high potential children who have language based learning differences. We do this in a spacious facility located in Abington on 14 beautiful, grassy, and tree-filled acres. We are a small school by design; this focus and our low student-teacher ratio enable us to offer individualized instruction to each student. Nevertheless, we have a broad alumni body who have gone on to educational success in high school, college and beyond and to enjoy satisfying careers in, for example, business, the arts and science and education.

Our students’ success is due to our faculty’s passion, dedication, experience, and expertise. Our faculty is highly qualified.  Each is certified by the state of Pennsylvania in the subject s/he teaches and most teachers have master’s degrees, reading specialist certifications, and other endorsements that enhance our teaching approach. Our teachers teach curricula that are created to support the Pennsylvania Core Standards which facilitates a student’s transition into our school and ensures an education in alignment with their peers. Methods proven by research and practice to be the most effective for our students’ special requirements are employed. Because most of our students have reading challenges to face, a large part of each school day is dedicated to literacy instruction in Orton-Gillingham or Wilson, reading comprehension, and writing. A majority of our students also face challenges in math, so our math curriculum emphasizes authentic mathematical situations, project based learning, and STEM principles. Our students also take core subjects in science and social studies. Technology is used widely throughout each class to keep students at pace with 21st century skills. And, because we believe strongly in educating the whole child, our students all rotate through classes in Mindfulness and Movement, Art, Music (Suzuki violin), and Physical Education. We also offer after-school drama and sports teams that compete against other local private schools.

As you meander through these pages I hope you will get a feeling for the accepting and supportive atmosphere which permeates Center School. The best way to get to know us and experience our welcoming environment is to spend time with us. Please feel free to make an appointment to come by for a meeting and tour.  

Best Wishes,

Jeffrey Nick
Head of School