Education Center Sewickley

At The Harry S. Tack Education Center Sewickley, Watson offers an approved private special education school that is licensed to serve children ages 3 to 21 with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, neurological impairments and other developmental disabilities. The Education Center’s classrooms are staffed by a special education teacher and two paraprofessionals. Each classroom team consists of the special education teacher, paraprofessionals and related service professionals such as speech and language therapists, occupational and physical therapists, teachers of the visually impaired, social workers, behavior specialists and a school nurse. Additionally, there are “special” classes: art, music, and adapted physical education. These classrooms are staffed by a teacher certified in their respective content area. 

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Approved Private Special Education School

  • Licensed to serve children with special needs ages 3 to 21
  • Nationally Accredited by NCASES (National Commission for the Accreditation of Special Education Services)
  • Outcome-driven special education teachers, staff, and support providing proven evidence-based practices for learning, social skills, speech, behavioral, and more.
  • Outcome-based programs for students to learn, adapt, and achieve their fullest potential.
  • Proven evidence-based practices such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) support attention, language and social skills building, and augmentative and communication skills to improve social interactions.
  • Outpatient behavioral health services offered to students and families of students with special needs at Watson. Comprehensive services such as Intensive Behavioral Health Services (IBHS), diagnostic assessments, and therapy are offered but not necessarily a requirement for students enrolled in Education Center Sewickley programming.
  • Programming supports positive post-secondary outcomes for students.

Preparation for Special Education Transition into Adulthood

Special education transition services help our students with exceptionalities to develop the necessary skills and confidence to navigate in the community. Through In-House Vocational Experiences (IHVE), Community Based Instruction (CBI), Community-Based Vocational Experiences (CBVE), social skills and pre-vocational skills development helps students with special needs become better prepared for their special education transition post-graduation.

For more information or to refer a student to the Education Center Sewickley, contact Meagan Trimbur, M.Ed., Educational Liaison.

412-749-2805 or [email protected]

Special Education Career Opportunities

Are you interested in a special education career at the Watson Institute? Check out our current openings today!


Winter weather school delays/closings:  Closings will be posted on local TV station, KDKA, and will appear as Education Center at Watson – Sewickley.  Watson will send out alerts for closings through e2Campus.

Additional Resources:

2022-2023 Watson Institute Education Center Parent-Student Handbook

2020 Education Center Wellness Policy

2022-2023 Education Center Sewickley School Calendar