Dear Friends of Center School,
This past Friday Center School celebrated another successful Step Up Day, a long standing tradition in Center School’s history. It’s a day to celebrate how much our students achieve and how much of a difference a Center School education can make in helping children to realize their full potential.
Throughout the school year, I’ve been sharing with you exciting news about the growth at Center School, and at this time of year, I’d like to focus on the personal growth that our students have experienced throughout the year, specifically our graduates. At Step Up Day, our eighth graders give heartfelt speeches expressing their transformation while at Center School, a testament to the continuing strength of our mission. While we know of the successes our students achieve, our students can share their stories on a personal level.
Without Center School, my vision was cloudy and blurry. Center School made me feel like I was given glasses. -GR
Center School has changed my life and made it better because they helped to accommodate my needs and learning styles. -MA
Before coming to Center School, I had switched schools four different times, and I still was not able to read. In the the last three years, Center School has taught me not only to read but to spell and write. -TA
My mom has always said that Center School has changed me so much, and I agree with her. -KCM
I went from hating reading to really enjoying it. -JC
The lessons and strategies I have acquired at Center School will make more more successful. -CJ
Center School has taught me about the importance of self-advocacy and having confidence in myself. -KM
I came to Center School when I was going into fourth grade. I still remember my first day and how I immediately felt I had a fresh start, and I didn’t have to worry about failing anymore. -JO
These brief but significant testimonies offer just a glimpse into the lives of Center School students and how the school’s mission has had a powerful impact on their learning. We are extremely proud of the many successes of our students and of the growth that they’ve accomplished throughout their years at Center School. We wish them the very best as they venture onto their next learning environment and look forward to sharing in the successes of more students who will also go on to realize their incredible potential.
Mindy Wawrzyniak, Head of School