About

hand drawn poster with quote and appleWhat makes The Center School unique?

The Center School is a four year middle school serving grades 5-8, and is built upon the philosophy that how a child learns is as important as what a child learns.

The adolescent years are tricky. Children shift from concrete thinking to abstract thinking. Peer approval and acceptance become increasingly important. To stay engaged and interested in learning, children should feel actively involved in their education. And they should feel like valued and supported members of a community. The Center School students feel both.

This is their school. Because it is small and because children attend classes in same-age and inter-age groups, The Center School students get to know one another quickly. They are given the freedom to socialize between classes. And with theater arts incorporated into the school’s curriculum, each child performs onstage, where they gain confidence speaking and expressing themselves before an audience.

The academics are challenging. Students read good literature, write extensively, and explore intricate subject matters. And because more is expected of students throughout the middle school years, each child has an advisor—a trusted teacher—who helps guide them through the school year.

How does this blend of progressive and traditional teaching fare? The Center School students thrive and achieve. They consistently score well on standardized tests—and they graduate to some of the most prestigious and highly-regarded high schools in the city.

Students leave The Center School well-prepared learners, but they also leave knowing the importance of a strong and welcoming community.

The Staff

  • Elaine J. Schwartz, Director
  • Annette Berkery, Parent Coordinator
  • Amanda Chambers
  • Aris Puente
  • Bronwyn Ryan
  • Carolyn Tacey
  • Chad Marshall
  • Christina Lopez Spinale – School Secretary
  • Damon Thomas
  • Dan Verdejo
  • Debbie Marx
  • Denise Hand
  • Gabe Finklestein
  • Glenn Citrin
  • Isabel Farias Velasco
  • Jake Walkup
  • Madeline Quart
  • Miae Chin
  • Mike Veve
  • Phyllis Fier
  • Suzanne Bellavance
  • Tekle Eckrich
  • Timothy Holst

Center School PTA 2016/2017

  • PTA Presidents:
    Claire Abenante – claire.a@mac.com
    Amy Schrader – amybschrader@hotmail.com
  • Vice Presidents:
    Julie Harding
    Jennifer Lee
  • Secretaries:
    Isabel Gillies
    Rebecca Mackay Eastwood
  • Treasurer:
    Joanne Mansfield