The Phoenix Center Admissions Process
- The Phoenix Center accepts referrals from Local Education Agencies (School Districts). Phoenix currently
serves students from sixty towns in eight New Jersey counties. Click here to learn more.
- LEAs send student records (IEP, CST reports and other pertinent medical and social history.)
- The Phoenix Center Intake Team reviews records with a focus on student's IEP to ensure that
the Phoenix Center can provide for the student's program needs. If we can, the Phoenix Center Intake
Coordinator notifies the sending district and schedules an intake visit for the student, parents
and CST Case manager. If we feel that we cannot meet his needs, the Intake coordinator contacts the district and returns files.
- Prior to the student's intake visit, one or two potential classrooms are selected for student
observation and goodness of fit.
- During the visit, the student is observed in the classroom by teachers and members of the
behavior team and intake team, and a related service provider if necessary.
- After the visit, the intake team meets, shares impressions, and decides if the Phoenix
Center can provide an appropriate education. If so, our Intake Coordinator will phone the CST Case Manager is notified by phone.
If the parents agree to place their child at Phoenix, a letter of acceptance with a contract is
forwarded to the district. The student begins as soon as possible or is placed in a waiting list.
If the Center is not able to provide an appropriate program, the CST is contacted and the reasons
are given, and the district's files are returned.
- Students may not begin the Phoenix Center Program without a current IEP.
Please note that the Phoenix Center does not permit
parents to visit without prior consent of the sending district CST.