5 Reasons You Should Attend the Annual JC Education Fair

Education Fair in Jersey City

September means back to school! Homework, field trips permission slips and school announcements will be flooding in! With the constant stream of information and questions, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Luckily JCFamilies swoops in to save the day! Don’t worry not all heroes wear capes!

Our annual JC Education Fair kicks off September 22nd from 10 AM to 2 PM in Hamilton Park and it is your one stop shop for all things education in Jersey City. Not convinced? Here’s a list of five reasons to attend the annual JC Education Fair!

Education Fair in Jersey City

You Get a Free Education Guide

Before you explore all there is to see, make sure you make a stop at our JCFamilies table and grab your free copy of the Education Guide detailing the types of educational options available to families.

Education Fair in Jersey CityYou Can Inquire About Different Types of School Options

Private, Public and Charter schools will be participating in the JC Education Fair! You can see the list of all schools, daycares and activity centers participating in the event here.

Education Fair in Jersey CityOne on One Time with School Representatives

The JC Education Fair is the only fair in Jersey City where you can gain firsthand information about and speak directly to the representatives of major schools, daycares and activity centers in and around Jersey City. Parents will have the opportunity to not only learn about the different school systems but also become aware of language programs, special events and many more extra curricular activities available for students and their families.

Education Fair in Jersey CityCommunity Bonding

Hamilton Park is an amazing setting to stretch your legs and engage with fellow members of the Jersey City community while learning about all the school options provided! This is the perfect time to share personal experiences and opinions with other parents and pass along recommendations.

Education Fair in Jersey CityWhile the Parents Learn, the Kids Can Play

Your little one won’t be bored while you pick up school pamphlets. While parents learn about schools, kids can enjoy the amazing entertainment! This year there will be a “Magician Face-off” featuring three amazing magicians! Your children will marvel at the talents of Cisco the Magician, Chiqui and Orland from Silly Willy Magic! Parent’s don’t forget to use the hashtag #JCEducationFair with any photos or videos taken at our event!

Want to learn more about JCFamilies and how to get involved? No problem! JCFamilies is always looking for volunteers and blog writers! We also hold many events for parents and kids in and around Jersey City. While you pick up your Education Fair guide, ask one of our JCFamilies representatives about how you can contribute and become part of the family! If you are a business looking to sponsor or advertise with us, you can email us at [email protected] and someone will be available to help.

We are super excited to see you and your family at our annual JC Education Fair! If you have any questions you can email us at [email protected]! For current and future event updates and coverage follow us on our social platforms:

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Open House 2018-19: Schools Jersey City

Schools & Pre-Schools In Jersey City:

Jersey City schools are beginning to host Open Houses for fall registration. Open Houses give parents a chance to check out the facility and learn about the school offerings. Teachers and staff are usually on hand to answer questions and give school tours. Visit a few schools and find the best fit for your child.

JCFamilies is hosting its JCEducation Fair’18 on September 22nd It will be great opportunity to meet and talk to school representatives. Learn here about the schools participating in the event this year.

Below you’ll find a list of upcoming Open Houses in Jersey City.

 


LEARNING LADDERS

Address: 33-35 Hudson St, Jersey City, NJ 07302
Address: 160 Morgan St, Suite # 2, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Learning Ladders International Baccalaureate World School is an independent, private, non-sectarian school with locations in historic Paulus Hook and in downtown Grove St of Jersey City.

Learning Ladders fosters independence, promotes, analytical thinking and creative problem solving. We utilize developmentally appropriate practices to provide stimulating early experiences which promotes children’s social/ emotional, physical and cognitive development. We support children by laying strong foundations in being responsible, gracious and confident citizens of tomorrow’s world.

OPEN HOUSES:

Friday, 10 August from  3-7pm at 160 Morgan St, Suite 2, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Friday, 17 August from 3-7pm at 33 Hudson St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

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BELOVED COMMUNITY CHARTER SCHOOL
508 Grand Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: 201-630-4702

A dedicated charter school located in Jersey City; a school that thrives from their “caring school climate” as they call it. At BelovEd Community Charter School they believe in helping the students to feel cared about in their environment which helps them to care about others in return. They believe in establishing this friendly environment because it brings the students a step closer to enjoying and loving school. We all know it’s always easier to learn when we are having a good time, why not apply this to the kid’s everyday curriculum!

Beloved is a place that would be committed to your child and his or her success. They understand that once a child becomes a student it is the responsibility of the faculty at BelovED Community Charter School to lead them onto the right path; preparing them for their success in school, college and future careers. So let’s talk about some of the things that BelovEd has to offer you folks in Jersey City!

OPEN HOUSES

October 4, 2018, November 15, 2018, January 30, 2019

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SMART START ACADEMY

Various locations: please check website

Smart Start Academy has teacher-student ratios of 1:3 for infants through toddler years and a 1:5 ratio for preschool and pre-k children. They use The Creative Curriculum which focuses on project-based investigations as a means for children to apply skills. Four areas of development are addressed through this curriculum: social/emotional, physical, cognitive, and language. The five fundamental principles of the Creative Curriculum are:

  1. Positive interactions and relationships with adults can provide an essential foundation for successful learning
  2. Social-emotional competence is a significant factor in education.
  3. Purposeful and constructive play supports essential learning.
  4. The physical environment impacts the type and quality of learning interactions.
  5. Teacher and family partnerships encourage development and learning.

OPEN HOUSES

Second Thursday of each month at 7:30pm (please refer to website for location)

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TESSA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
720 Monroe St. Suite 105-106 Hoboken, NJ 07030 – Phone: 201-755-5585

Tessa International School provides a quality learning environment for children 2.5 and up. At Tessa, children are introduced to other languages and cultures to enhance cultural awareness. Through understanding and respect, Tessa aims to develop curious, knowledgeable and caring children. Tessa International School emphasizes the social-emotional development of children in conjunction with strong academic challenges. Tessa provides a world-class education based on international models. Future plans including organizing public transportation for students. Click here for tuition information. Learn more about Tessa International School and see if it is the Best Preschools, Elementary Schools, and Day Cares in Jersey City choice for your family.

OPEN HOUSES

September 15th and October 13th

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HAMILTON PARK MONTESSORI SCHOOL
1 McWilliams Place, Jersey City NJ 07302 – Phone: 201-533-1910

The Hamilton Park Montessori educates children from infancy through 8th grade through nurturing each child’s love of learning. Each child is provided opportunities for growth and development to help them become capable, confident and compassionate citizens of the world.

Click here for information on tuition. Hamilton Park Montessori is included in the list of best preschools, elementary schools, and day cares in Jersey City.

OPEN HOUSES for the whole family:
NOVEMBER 3, 2018: 10:00 – 11:30 AM; FEBRUARY 3, 2019: 10:00 – 11:30 AM

OPEN HOUSES for parents only:
OCTOBER 11, 2018 @ 9AM
NOVEMBER 27, 2018 @ 6 PM
JANUARY 29, 2019 @ 9 AM (to be confirmed)
FEBRUARY 26, 2019 @ 6 PM (to be confirmed)

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THE FRENCH AMERICAN ACADEMY
209 3rd Street Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 338- 8320 # 202

The French American Academy provides a bilingual and comprehensive curriculum in an atmosphere which encourages critical reasoning, wonder, enthusiasm and a strong ambition. The French American Academy believes learning a second language at an early age is a lifelong advantage which benefits children both academically and cognitively. They believe every child has a potential for excellence and work passionately to educate the whole child.The teacher student ratio is better than the state required teacher ratio: 5:1 Pre-K, 8:1 for three year olds in Pre-K, 10:1 for four year olds in Pre-K, and 12:1 in Kindergarten and up. The impressive ratios make it one of the best preschools, elementary schools, and day cares in Jersey City.

OPEN HOUSES

Saturday, October 13th from 10am to 12pm
Saturday, November 17th from 10am to 12pm
Thursday, December 6th from 9am to 11pm

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ALL SAINTS EPISCOPAL DAY SCHOOL
707 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030 – Phone: (201) 792- 6292

All Saints Episcopal Day School nurtures academic excellence from Nursery to Grade 8 by encouraging social responsibility and educating the whole child. The dedicated staff shares values of hard work, self-discipline, mutual respect and the active pursuit of knowledge and understanding. All Saints Episcopal Day School is one of the best preschools, elementary schools, and day cares in Jersey City

OPEN HOUSES

Daytime Tours (8:45 AM) 25 SEP 18, 16 OCT 18, 06 NOV 18, 27 NOV 18
Saturday Open House (10:00 AM) 08 DEC 18

 

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NEXT STEP BROADWAY
 233 9th St, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201)706-3025

Broadway experienced instructors offering professional classes for beginner and advanced dancers, as well as acting, singing, gymnastics and piano lessons!

OPEN HOUSES

September 8th from  10am-1pm

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ZANIAC
125 1st St, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 360-2450

Zaniac offers a comprehensive range of Steam programs for kids in grades K-8. Zaniac’s courses are designed to harness a child’s natural curiosity to produce lifelong passions and academic achievement. Their courses also foster positive social development through the use of role model instructors and peer-based learning. Zaniac’s inclusive learning environment provides the best possible learning experience for each child, and children with unique/spectrum needs are warmly welcomed.

OPEN HOUSE

Back to School open house on 9/13 from 5-7pm

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GARDEN STREET SCHOOL OF THE PERFORMING ARTS
1018 Washington Street Hoboken, NJ 07030– Phone: (201) 683-9100

Garden Street School of the Performing Arts located at 1018 Washington Street in Hoboken is the leading school for the performing arts in NJ. All ages starting from 2 through adult are welcome to join our classes ranging from: Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Broadway Theater Jazz, Hip Hop, Acro, Musical Theater, Piano, Guitar, Bass, Violin, Voice, Drums, Brass and Woodwind Instruments. All ages, styles and levels welcome. Only premiere Ballet Studio offering certified American Ballet

OPEN HOUSES

9/8/18 TO 9/14/18

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THE ETHICAL COMMUNITY CHARTER SCHOOL
95 Broadway, Jersey City, NJ 07306– Phone: (201) 984-4151

The Ethical Community Charter School might be for you! This is a school that encourages as much student participation as possible; they encourage the students to ask questions and form their own opinions. This school takes advantage of the arts and uses it as a movement to integrate both fun and learning into one. They do a great job at mixing community into the learning aspect of the school.

The Ethical Community Charter School in Jersey City is a school open for children in Kindergarten to the eighth grade. The curriculum for each grade group is made up by focusing and mixing three different elements. In the curriculum the staff incorporates responsive learning, multidisciplinary core curriculum and project-based learning. This style of teaching can accomplish many goals academically within the same time. For example, while students are being taught about information in one subject that are simultaneously using and strengthening their writing skills. This is one of the main goals at the Ethical Community Center School.

OPEN HOUSES

Most Fridays starting September 14 at 9:30am. See www.tinyurl.com/TECCSOpenHouse for dates and to sign up.

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LIGHTBRIDGE ACADEMY HOBOKEN MARSHALL
100 Marshall Street, Hoboken, NJ, 07030 – Phone: (201) 890-6727

Hello Hoboken families! Lightbridge Academy of Hoboken-Marshall is OPEN! We are excited to be a part of the community and welcome all Hoboken families to visit us. Parents here will experience peace of mind knowing that their children are receiving the best possible care along with a quality early childhood education. Our school is NOW ENROLLING for our Infant, Toddler, Preschool, & Pre-K programs! Call us for more information and schedule your tour! We can’t wait to meet you and your family soon!

OPEN HOUSES

October 8th-October 12th, 2018

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MINDFUL MONTESSORI
253 Clerk Street, 1st Floor, Jersey City, NJ 07304

OPEN HOUSES

Open House/Tours available anytime per request by scheduling with Miss Megan at 347-282-6967.

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THREE LITTLE BIRDS
16 Erie Street and 691 West Side Avenue, Jersey City, NJ – Phone: 917-558-1836

OPEN HOUSE

10/2/18, 11/1/18, 12/6/18, 1/10/19, 2/7/19, 3/7/19, 4/4/19, 5/2/19, 6/6/19

 

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PICO TECH INSTITUTE
278 Monmouth Street Jersey City, NJ 07306, Phone: 917-655-5040

PicoTech Institute is a hands-on learning experience for the whole family. Featuring classes in research, design, and engineering for grades 3-8, and arts and music classes for grades k-5, your child will discover a passion at one of the best STEM and coding classes for kids in Jersey City. PicoTech’s first-rate birthday packages and unique family ‘maker’ nights provide hours of fun for families throughout.

OPEN HOUSE

9/11 @7:30pm, 10/9 @7:30pm, 11/[email protected]:30pm, 12/[email protected]:30pm

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DELIVERANCE CHILDREN’S MINISTRY
247 Old Bergen Road, Jersey City NJ-  Phone: 551-200-0519

 

OPEN HOUSE

September 17th

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BERGEN – LAFAYETTE MONTESSORI SCHOOL
324 Communipaw Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304 – Phone: 201-706-3403

OPEN HOUSES

On-site:
Saturday, October 6, 2018 – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, November 3, 2018 – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, December 1, 2018 – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, January 5, 2019 – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, February 2, 2019 – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, May 4, 2019 – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, June 1, 2019 – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Virtual:
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 – 8:30 pm
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 – 8:30 pm
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 – 8:30 pm
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 – 8:30 pm
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 – 8:30 pm
Thursday, February 21, 2019 – 8:30 pm
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 – 8:30 pm
Wednesday, June 12,, 2019 – 8:30 pm

 

Open Houses: Schools & Pre-Schools In Jersey City

Schools & Pre-Schools In Jersey City:

Jersey City schools are beginning to host Open Houses for fall registration. Open Houses give parents a chance to check out the facility and learn about the school offerings. Teachers and staff are usually on hand to answer questions and give school tours. Visit a few schools and find the best fit for your child.

JCFamilies is hosting its JCEducation Fair’18 on September 22nd It will be great opportunity to meet and talk to school representatives. Learn here about the schools participating in the event this year.

Below you’ll find a list of upcoming Open Houses in Jersey City.

 

WATERFRONT MONTESSORI
150 Warren St #108, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: +1 201-333-5600

Waterfront Montessori uses a Montessori curriculum for toddlers through grade 5, and a Montessori and International Baccalaureate (IB) combined curriculum for grades 6 through 8. The student to teacher ratio is 1:4 for toddlers, 1:10 for primary and lower elementary students, and 1:8 for upper elementary and middle school students. Students are exposed to visual and fine arts, choral and instrumental music, theater and music appreciation. Children in grades 4 through 8 are provided with digital art, coding and programming languages, 3D printer, google education apps and more. Tuition fees range from $15,900 to $28,900. Click here for more tuition information. Summer camp and before and after school programs are available. Our premises are under video and audio surveillance, twenty-four hours a day. Waterfront Montessori features combine to make Waterfront Montessori a stimulating, safe, nurturing and beautiful environment. Waterfront Montessori is on the list of Best Preschools, Elementary Schools, and Day Cares in Jersey City.

Waterfront Montessori Open Houses:
Registration links on our website
Wednesday, October 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 3, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Saturday, December 1, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Waterfront Montessori Grab & Go Info Sessions:
Brief, before work, no RSVP required)
Tuesday, October 9, 8:15 a.m.
Tuesday, November 6, 8:15 a.m.
Tuesday, December 4, 8:15 a.m.
Tuesday, January 8, 8:15 a.m.

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ZANIAC
125 1st St, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 360-2450

Zaniac offers a comprehensive range of Steam programs for kids in grades K-8. Zaniac’s courses are designed to harness a child’s natural curiosity to produce lifelong passions and academic achievement. Their courses also foster positive social development through the use of role model instructors and peer-based learning. Zaniac’s inclusive learning environment provides the best possible learning experience for each child, and children with unique/spectrum needs are warmly welcomed.

OPEN HOUSE
Back to School open house on 9/13 from 5-7pm

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116 Hillcrest Rd, Warren, NJ 07059 – Phone: (908) 580-2267
OPEN HOUSES
Sunday Jan 27, 10 am – 12 noonSaturday Feb 23, 10 am – 12 noon
Sunday March 17, 10 am – 12 noon
Saturday April 13, 10 am – 12 noon
Saturday May 11, 11 am – 2 pm
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LEARNING LADDERS

Address: 33-35 Hudson St, Jersey City, NJ 07302
Address: 160 Morgan St, Suite # 2, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Learning Ladders International Baccalaureate World School is an independent, private, non-sectarian school with locations in historic Paulus Hook and in downtown Grove St of Jersey City.

Learning Ladders fosters independence, promotes, analytical thinking and creative problem solving. We utilize developmentally appropriate practices to provide stimulating early experiences which promotes children’s social/ emotional, physical and cognitive development. We support children by laying strong foundations in being responsible, gracious and confident citizens of tomorrow’s world.

OPEN HOUSES:

The upcoming Open House dates for Learning Ladders Morgan location is Fri, 19 October from 3-7pm and Fri, 9 Nov from 3-7pm.

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BELOVED COMMUNITY CHARTER SCHOOL
508 Grand Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: 201-630-4702

A dedicated charter school located in Jersey City; a school that thrives from their “caring school climate” as they call it. At BelovEd Community Charter School they believe in helping the students to feel cared about in their environment which helps them to care about others in return. They believe in establishing this friendly environment because it brings the students a step closer to enjoying and loving school. We all know it’s always easier to learn when we are having a good time, why not apply this to the kid’s everyday curriculum!

Beloved is a place that would be committed to your child and his or her success. They understand that once a child becomes a student it is the responsibility of the faculty at BelovED Community Charter School to lead them onto the right path; preparing them for their success in school, college and future careers. So let’s talk about some of the things that BelovEd has to offer you folks in Jersey City!

OPEN HOUSES
Lower and Middle School (K-8):
10/4/18 @ 9:30 AM
11/15/18 @ 6:30 PM
1/30/19 @ 9:30 AM

High School (9):
10/4/18 @ 6:30 PM
11/28/18 @ 6:30 PM
1/30/19 @ 6:30 PM
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SMART START ACADEMY

Various locations: please check website

Smart Start Academy has teacher-student ratios of 1:3 for infants through toddler years and a 1:5 ratio for preschool and pre-k children. They use The Creative Curriculum which focuses on project-based investigations as a means for children to apply skills. Four areas of development are addressed through this curriculum: social/emotional, physical, cognitive, and language. The five fundamental principles of the Creative Curriculum are:

  1. Positive interactions and relationships with adults can provide an essential foundation for successful learning
  2. Social-emotional competence is a significant factor in education.
  3. Purposeful and constructive play supports essential learning.
  4. The physical environment impacts the type and quality of learning interactions.
  5. Teacher and family partnerships encourage development and learning.

OPEN HOUSES
Our open house is in Hoboken location, located on 552 9th st every second Thursday of the month at 730pm.

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TESSA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
720 Monroe St. Suite 105-106 Hoboken, NJ 07030 – Phone: 201-755-5585

Tessa International School provides a quality learning environment for children 2.5 and up. At Tessa, children are introduced to other languages and cultures to enhance cultural awareness. Through understanding and respect, Tessa aims to develop curious, knowledgeable and caring children. Tessa International School emphasizes the social-emotional development of children in conjunction with strong academic challenges. Tessa provides a world-class education based on international models. Future plans including organizing public transportation for students. Click here for tuition information.Learn more about Tessa International School in Hoboken and see if it is the best school and choice for your family!

OPEN HOUSES
Open House October 13th and Private Tours can be made by visiting https://tessais.org/visit-tessa/

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HAMILTON PARK MONTESSORI SCHOOL
1 McWilliams Place, Jersey City NJ 07302 – Phone: 201-533-1910

The Hamilton Park Montessori educates children from infancy through 8th grade through nurturing each child’s love of learning. Each child is provided opportunities for growth and development to help them become capable, confident and compassionate citizens of the world.

Click here for information on tuition. Hamilton Park Montessori is included in the list of best preschools, elementary schools, and day cares in Jersey City.

OPEN HOUSES for the whole family:
NOVEMBER 3, 2018: 10:00 – 11:30 AM; FEBRUARY 3, 2019: 10:00 – 11:30 AM

OPEN HOUSES for parents only:
OCTOBER 11, 2018 @ 9AM
NOVEMBER 27, 2018 @ 6 PM
JANUARY 29, 2019 @ 9 AM
FEBRUARY 26, 2019 @ 6 PM

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THE FRENCH AMERICAN ACADEMY
209 3rd Street Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 338- 8320 # 202

The French American Academy provides a bilingual and comprehensive curriculum in an atmosphere which encourages critical reasoning, wonder, enthusiasm and a strong ambition. The French American Academy believes learning a second language at an early age is a lifelong advantage which benefits children both academically and cognitively. They believe every child has a potential for excellence and work passionately to educate the whole child. The teacher student ratio is better than the state required teacher ratio: 6:1 for Pre-K2, 8:1 for Pre-K3 10:1 Pre-K4, and 12:1 in Kindergarten and up. The impressive ratios make it one of the best preschools, elementary schools, and day cares in Jersey City.

OPEN HOUSES
Saturday, October 20th from 10am to 12pm
Saturday, November 1oth from 12:30m to 2:30pm
Thursday, December 6th from 9am to 11pm

Or, you can book a private tour click here.

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ALL SAINTS EPISCOPAL DAY SCHOOL
707 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030 – Phone: (201) 792- 6292

All Saints Episcopal Day School nurtures academic excellence from Nursery to Grade 8 by encouraging social responsibility and educating the whole child. The dedicated staff shares values of hard work, self-discipline, mutual respect and the active pursuit of knowledge and understanding. All Saints Episcopal Day School is one of the best early childhoodelementary, and middle schools serving Jersey City.

OPEN HOUSES
Daytime Tours (8:45 AM) 25 SEP 18, 16 OCT 18, 06 NOV 18, 27 NOV 18
Saturday Open House (10:00 AM) 08 DEC 18

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NEXT STEP BROADWAY
 233 9th St, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201)706-3025

Broadway experienced instructors offering professional classes for beginner and advanced dancers, as well as acting, singing, gymnastics and piano lessons!

OPEN HOUSES
September 8th from  10am-1pm

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GARDEN STREET SCHOOL OF THE PERFORMING ARTS
1018 Washington Street Hoboken, NJ 07030– Phone: (201) 683-9100

Garden Street School of the Performing Arts located at 1018 Washington Street in Hoboken is the leading school for the performing arts in NJ. All ages starting from 2 through adult are welcome to join our classes ranging from: Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Broadway Theater Jazz, Hip Hop, Acro, Musical Theater, Piano, Guitar, Bass, Violin, Voice, Drums, Brass and Woodwind Instruments. All ages, styles and levels welcome. Only premiere Ballet Studio offering certified American Ballet

OPEN HOUSES
9/8/18 TO 9/14/18

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THE ETHICAL COMMUNITY CHARTER SCHOOL
95 Broadway, Jersey City, NJ 07306– Phone: (201) 984-4151

The Ethical Community Charter School might be for you! This is a school that encourages as much student participation as possible; they encourage the students to ask questions and form their own opinions. This school takes advantage of the arts and uses it as a movement to integrate both fun and learning into one. They do a great job at mixing community into the learning aspect of the school.

The Ethical Community Charter School in Jersey City is a school open for children in Kindergarten to the eighth grade. The curriculum for each grade group is made up by focusing and mixing three different elements. In the curriculum the staff incorporates responsive learning, multidisciplinary core curriculum and project-based learning. This style of teaching can accomplish many goals academically within the same time. For example, while students are being taught about information in one subject that are simultaneously using and strengthening their writing skills. This is one of the main goals at the Ethical Community Center School.

OPEN HOUSES

Daytime: September 21, 29 at 9:30am; October 5, 12, 19, 26 at 9:30am; Evening: October 17November 14December 12January 3 at 4pm and 5pm
All the dates are always on our sign up form: www.tinyurl.com/TECCSOPENHOUSE

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LIGHTBRIDGE ACADEMY HOBOKEN MARSHALL
100 Marshall Street, Hoboken, NJ, 07030 – Phone: (201) 890-6727

Hello Hoboken families! Lightbridge Academy of Hoboken-Marshall is OPEN! We are excited to be a part of the community and welcome all Hoboken families to visit us. Parents here will experience peace of mind knowing that their children are receiving the best possible care along with a quality early childhood education. Our school is NOW ENROLLING for our Infant, Toddler, Preschool, & Pre-K programs! Call us for more information and schedule your tour! We can’t wait to meet you and your family soon!

OPEN HOUSES
October 8th-October 12th, 2018

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MINDFUL MONTESSORI
253 Clerk Street, 1st Floor, Jersey City, NJ 07304

OPEN HOUSES
Open House/Tours available anytime per request by scheduling with Miss Megan at 347-282-6967.

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THREE LITTLE BIRDS
16 Erie Street and 691 West Side Avenue, Jersey City, NJ – Phone: 917-558-1836

OPEN HOUSE
10/2/18, 11/1/18, 12/6/18, 1/10/19, 2/7/19, 3/7/19, 4/4/19, 5/2/19, 6/6/19

 

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PICO TECH INSTITUTE
278 Monmouth Street Jersey City, NJ 07306, Phone: 917-655-5040

PicoTech Institute is a hands-on learning experience for the whole family. Featuring classes in research, design, and engineering for grades 3-8, and arts and music classes for grades k-5, your child will discover a passion at one of the best STEM and coding classes for kids in Jersey City. PicoTech’s first-rate birthday packages and unique family ‘maker’ nights provide hours of fun for families throughout.

OPEN HOUSE
9/11 @7:30pm, 10/9 @7:30pm, 11/[email protected]:30pm, 12/[email protected]:30pm

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DELIVERANCE CHILDREN’S MINISTRY
247 Old Bergen Road, Jersey City NJ-  Phone: 551-200-0519

OPEN HOUSE
Every third Tuesday of each month from 5:00-7:00 PM.

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BERGEN – LAFAYETTE MONTESSORI SCHOOL
324 Communipaw Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304 – Phone: 201-706-3403

OPEN HOUSES
On-site:
Saturday, October 6, 2018 – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, November 3, 2018 – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, December 1, 2018 – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, January 5, 2019 – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, February 2, 2019 – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, May 4, 2019 – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, June 1, 2019 – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Virtual:
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 – 8:30 pm
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 – 8:30 pm
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 – 8:30 pm
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 – 8:30 pm
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 – 8:30 pm
Thursday, February 21, 2019 – 8:30 pm
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 – 8:30 pm
Wednesday, June 12,, 2019 – 8:30 pm

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EXPLORE MIDDLE SCHOOL
180 9th Street Jersey City NJ – Phone:(201) 631-6396 

Explore Middle School, a public school of choice offered by the Hudson County Schools of Technology, is the the only career and technical (CTE) middle school in New Jersey. Our project-based curriculum is developed around thematic units which integrate interdisciplinary studies, meet the standards, and engage students in a hands-on approach. We focus not only on the core subjects but also CTE studies, character development, team building, and critical thinking. Within our diverse community, students learn how to be self-directed learners while being challenged academically. Interpersonal skills are developed through collaborative activities that require both team work and independence. Our school builds character and enhances problem-solving abilities through hands-on, student-directed activities. Explore Middle School is a one-to-one (1:1) environment, where each student has his/her own chromebook while in school. 1:1 technology allows teachers to differentiate both in terms of how they teach and how the students are expected to demonstrate their learning.

IMPORTANT DATES:

October 4th: Guidance Counselor Luncheon @ 12:00 (rsvp to [email protected])

October 11th: Open House (5-7) and portal opens for student application (link on website)

November 14th: Student Application is Due and portal closes for student application

December 17th: Counselor portion of application is due

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TESTROCKER INC- Jersey City
190 Christopher Columbus Drive, Unit 4B, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: 201-333-1023 

“TestRocker provides the highest score improvements in Jersey City for the PSAT, SAT and ACT. Our award-winning program has spots open for upcoming classes and will be holding an open house on September 29th.
Families are invited to visit our classroom, meet the TestRocker team, and learn about the tests your student will be taking in the coming months and years. With personalized in-person classes and an online curriculum available 24/7, TestRocker is the most effective program for increasing your child’s scores across all test areas.
TestRocker offers classes covering the PSAT 8/9, PSAT10/11, the SAT and the ACT.
During the Open House families will meet TestRocker Founder and expert Tutor, Suniti Mathur. Suniti’s 17+ years of experience with thousands of students has given her a deep understanding of what works with students of all proficiencies. Suniti received her graduate diploma in teaching from Auckland College of Education. She has lived and taught in London, Singapore, New Zealand, and the United States and now teaches in person at our Jersey City Classroom.”

 

OPEN HOUSE & RIBBON CUTTING
10/9 @ 4PM – 6PM with ribbon cutting w/ Mayor Fulop @ 4PM

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210 9th St, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: 201-420-6792

The Scandinavian School of Jersey City is a Scandinavian school inspired by the Reggio Emillia Approach caring for children from 1 to 6 years old. Children will be exposed to and learn a Scandinavian language, besides English. The curriculum is based on a child being creative, capable and inquisitive. They learn best when their interests are acknowledged as worthy of investigation. This child-centered approach provides a vibrant teaching and learning environment. The Scandinavian School of Jersey City offers homemade, organic and wholesome meals which are enjoyed together. Additionally, the children are involved with making organic nut milk and daily food preparation. 

OPEN HOUSE

November 8th

1-4yrs old @6pm
Forest Kindergarten (4’s & 5’s) @7:15pm
Tours: Thursdays @11am

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EMPOWERMENT ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL
240 Ege Avenue, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: (201) 630-4798

OPEN HOUSES
September 28 @ 9:30am
October 16 @ 5:30pm
November [email protected] 9:30am
December 3 @ 9:30pm
January 24 @ 5:30pm
February 20 @ 9:30am

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THE EMBANKMENT SCHOOL
255 Brunswick St #2, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: +1 201-898-5437

OPEN HOUSES

Tuesday, September 25 – 9:00am – OPEN HOUSE TOUR
Tuesday, October 9- 9:30am – OPEN HOUSE TOUR
Saturday, October 20 – 9:00am – INFORMATION SESSION
Tuesday, October 23 – 9:30am – OPEN HOUSE TOUR
Saturday, November 3 – 9:00a- INFORMATION SESSION
Monday, November 12 – 9:30am – OPEN HOUSE TOUR
Thursday, November 29 – 9:00am – OPEN HOUSE TOUR
Saturday, December 8 – 9:00am – INFORMATION SESSION
Tuesday, December 18 – 9:00am – OPEN HOUSE TOUR
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 – 9:00am – OPEN HOUSE TOUR
Saturday, January 19, 2019 – 9:00am- INFORMATION SESSION

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GARDEN PRESCHOOL COOPERATIVE
242 10th St, Jersey City, NJ 07302
[email protected], 201-309-0440

Garden Preschool Cooperative (GPC) is a parent-run nonprofit preschool providing play-based ,progressive, early childhood education where outdoor experiences complement classroom learning. We are a diverse community of parents who enjoy being actively involved in their child’s early school experiences.The open house is the first step in the application process, and an opportunity to tour our beautiful urban oasis, meet our teachers, and speak to GPC parents. Bring your kids along!

OPEN HOUSE
Oct 27th 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00p.m.- Please RSVP
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10 Regent St, Jersey City, NJ 07302, USA

 

Hudson Montessori School serves children from 2 year olds through 12 year olds (Toddler to 6th Grade). As pioneers of the “maker” initiative at the elementary level, which began in 2009 with the inception of our Social Studies Fair, we have grown and developed our programs to be innovative, inventive and insightful.  Please join us for our Open House and learn more about our school, curriculum and meet the staff.  This event is for parents only.

OPEN HOUSES

Saturday, October 27, 2018 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 9:15 AM to 11:15 AM

Thursday, November 15, 2018 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Rafael De M Cordero/PS 37 in Jersey City

Know everything about Rafael De J Cordero/PS 37 in Jersey City:

Interview with Principal Derek of Rafael De J Cordero/PS 37 in Jersey City

Rafael De J Cordero/PS 37 in Jersey City is a public school near Hamilton Park serving students from Pre-K 3 to 8th Grade. The student body is comprised of 820 students, 700 from the local neighborhood. The school is 100 years old and very community-driven.

Rafael De J Cordero/PS 37 in Jersey City has programs for special needs students, as well as a gifted program (HOPE). There is no dual language program. Before and after care is offered at a nominal fee to families.

Class student:teacher ratios vary depending on the age group. For Pre K the ratio is 15:1. For older kids the ratio is 20-25:1.

Cordero/PS 37 in Jersey City has a vibrant Pre K program.

Rafael De J Cordero/PS 37 in Jersey City offers Pre-K 3 and 4 programs serving students aged 3 and 4. Currently, we have 60 spaces for Pre-K 3 and 105 spaces for Pre-K 4 (Including an inclusion room which serves general education students and some students with special needs). This does not include our Pre-K disabled classes which mix 3 and 4 year olds with disabilities as determined by their IEPs. What is capacity for Pre K 3 & 4? When the Pre K program is at capacity, some children get bused to other schools. This is determined by a lottery overseen by the Early Childhood Department. For Pre-K 3, all spaces are determined by lottery. Once students are in Pre-K 3, they automatically are enrolled in Pre-K 4. The remaining spaces are determined by lottery if there are more students registered than spaces. Those not selected are bused to other schools with capacity until spaces open up in the school. The Early Childhood Department decides which children get bused.??? This year, 32 students will be bused to another school due to over capacity at Rafael De J Cordero/PS 37 in Jersey City.

Rafael De J Cordero/PS 37 in Jersey City  offers discounted lunch for students who qualify. Families have to complete an application to determine if they meet the financial requirements. Approximately 40% of students are eligible for free lunch.

Rafael De J Cordero/PS 37 in Jersey City has a full service gym and an auditorium.

Sports such as soccer, basketball, and flag football are offered to middle school students after school (are these after school???). After school activities include enrichment programs such as music, wood carving and other classes. There is a nominal fee for these programs.

Rafael De J Cordero/PS 37 in Jersey City is just two blocks from Hamilton Park. Pre K classes use this park on a regular basis.

Rafael De J Cordero/PS 37 in Jersey City is a very diverse place. Overall, our percentages are below.

Multiple Ethnicities

African American

White

Hispanic

Asian

4.93%

20.07%

18.63%

37.14%

19.23%

How diverse is PS 37? 

PS 37 is a very diverse school

30% Hispanic

?? Asian

African American

South East Asia

Parents are very involved in Cordero/PS 37. When they see a need they try to fill it. For example, many parents were dismayed that there were not A/Cs in the classrooms. The PTA took it upon itself to raise funds and now classes have A/C units.

Rafael De J Cordero/PS 37 in Jersey City has many safety measures in place. Once a month, staff and students practice active shooter drills and fire drills. Each exterior door has an inside and outside camera. Visitors, as well as parents, have a sign-in requirement and have to go through security measures. The school has a very strict drug policy and will address anything suspicious.

About the Principal Derek Stanton: Rafael De J Cordero/PS 37 in Jersey City is his 4th school as an educator in the Jersey City Public Schools and his first as a principal (as principal???). He believes it is a very special place with a powerful community. He welcomes all parents to get involved and have a voice in the direction of the school. Principal Stanton envisions a future where Rafael De J Cordero/PS 37 in Jersey City is the school of choice for Jersey City parents.

Rafael De J Cordero/PS 37 in Jersey CityEnrollment at in Pre-K 3 & 4 Rafael De J Cordero/PS 37 in Jersey City is lottery based, enrollment in all other grades is subject to address, but the school does accept students outside their zone through the District Open Enrollment Process given there is space available. Minimum enrollment age is Pre-K 3. Beginning in December 2018, parents can receive information to enroll their children via the JCBOE website (www.jcboe.org). To start the enrollment process, you can contact Ms. Mimi at the main office number: 201-714-4390

Concordia Learning Center Jersey City

Concordia Learning Center Jersey City

This year, we are trying something NEW!!!

Concordia Learning Center will be using the electronic system, SignUp Genius, for  2018 Preschool Registration.

No more braving the cold weather, you will now be able to register your child from the comfort of your own PC or mobile device.

March 1, 2018 at 8:00am

Concordia Learning Center Registration for 2018  will be open via the following link:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B0948A4AA2DA2FD0-concordia

In order for a child to participate in the PreK-3 program, the child must be

  • Three (3) years old by October 1, 2018 and
  • A Jersey City resident

There will be 86 slots and 29 alternate slots available online.

The first 86 families will be contacted within a week to schedule an appointment where the child MUST be present and ALL original,

  • Required documentation
  • Birth certificate, two
  • Current proofs of residency

Immunization records: must be available to finalize your child’s registration for the 2018-2019 school year.

Numbers 87 to 115 will be contacted in the event an opening becomes available.

Concordia Learning Center Jersey City Website http://schoolfortheblind.org

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/stjosephsschoolfortheblind/?ref=hl

Thank you for considering Concordia Learning Center!!

About Concordia Learning Center Jersey City:

St. Joseph’s School for the Blind began in 1891 owned and operated by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace. The school provided an academic program and an enriched extra-curricular program to an average and above average population of students who were blind/visually impaired.

The school was then, as it is now, a non-profit, non-secreatarian agency accepting children of every race, creed and national origin and continues to be the only school for the blind in New Jersey.

Today, St. Joseph’s School for the Blind continues its primary mission to serve individuals who are blind/visually impaired and has expanded service to include individuals with multiple disabilities and preschool disabled from throughout New Jersey.

The school offers a full range of programs and services from birth through adulthood. Our Early Intervention Program for infants/toddlers from birth to 3 years of age provides teams of special educators to teach infants/toddlers in a natural setting how to compensate for any reduced or total lack of vision.

The school also provides a 5-day-a-week education program over a period of ten months per year, with an extended school year program in July and August. The major areas of curriculum emphasis include: New Jersey Core Curriculum, Activities of Daily Living, Pre-Vocational Skills, Communication and Sensory Motor Skills, Orientation and Mobility and Personal/Social Skills. Arts and Crafts, Music, Technology and Community Integration activities are also incorporated into the curriculum as well as Speech, Physical and Occupational therapy services.

In addition to the full-time day program, the school offers a residential program on a five day/four evening per week basis which provides an expanded core curriculum for students and better prepares them for independent living.

To meet the growing need for special services, the school recently added the Realizing Adult Potential (RAP) program, a self-directed day program for adults with special needs. The program promotes independence through life skills training, real life experiences and includes training in personal care, meal prep, vocational/job skills, personal finances and more.

In an effort to better utilize our facility and meet the growing needs of our Jersey City community, a Preschool Program opened in 2009 with the approval of the New Jersey Department of Education. The program currently provides vital services to 105, 3-year-old Jersey City non-disabled residents. The state funded program is one of the highest quality pre-k programs in the nation, offering a developmentally appropriate curriculum. The program is designed to have a significant impact on academic achievement in early and later school years and has additionally provided the opportunity to integrate children with disabilities with non-disabled students. Working together, teachers have designed academic and social activities for the children, which have resulted in positive experiences for all students.

Preschools In Jersey City : http://jcfamilies.com/category/schools/ 

Education Guide: 2017-18

Best Preschools in Jersey City: A list of private schools, charter schools, public schools and day cares in Jersey City & Hoboken:

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

In the United States, public schools are divided into districts. Districts can include one city or town but other districts are made up of many towns and cities. Not sure where you local school is located within your district? No worries you can check the New Jersey School Directory. All public schools are free because they are reliant on federal, state and local taxes dollars. By law, public schools must accept every child in its district, but this does not mean your child will get into the school you choose.

PRE-K DUAL LANGUAGE PROGRAM GUIDELINES FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS:

Students must be residents of Jersey City and meet the eligibility  for enrollment. Children must be four years old by October 1st. The Pre-K Dual Language classrooms are configured so that half of the 15 student (7/8) speak English and the other half (7/8) speak Spanish. The Pre-K Dual Language Program is available in 4 Jersey City School including PS #3, #5, #6 and #30.

Registration:

Pre-K Dual  Language registration process usually takes place between February and March. Applications can be picked up from the Early Childhood Department at 346 Claremont Avenue here in Jersey City, the Early Childhood webpage and all of the public schools. Once completed, applications can be submitted by hand, certified mail or email. Students who are not chosen will be placed on a waiting list and per their lottery number.

PRESCHOOL PROGRAM & FULL DAY Kindergarten PROGRAM:

(Fact check this info) Eligibility: Parents/Legal guardians must be Jersey City residents who have a child who will be three-years or four-years old by October 1st.  Early Childhood staff can be contacted at (201) 915-6045  for more information. 

Registration:

The following are the steps that parents needed to complete during registration. Make sure you check individual school requirements for each of the requirements can change and vary from school to school.

  • Get a copy of the school’s registration form
  • Answer the districts health questionnaire less than 12 months prior to the start of the school year. If you are in need of support with health insurance you may qualify for New Jersey Family Care. New Jersey Family Care is also available to qualified legal immigrants. You can reach them online or by calling 1-800-701-0710.
  • Child Immunization from a NJ doctor or recognized health authority from your last place of residency.
  • A copy of your child’s last school report from your last place of residency if applicable.
  • Four proofs of residency. These include utility bill, apartmentlease, valid driver’s license or notarized affidavit.
  • The child’s original birth certificate. A passport alone will not be accepted. If originally documents have not been translated to English, should have an English translation provided from a reputable translator.
  • Two emergency contacts for school records.

Source: Nashima Harvey (Downtown Union City Ambassador for Family Resources) www.nashimaharvey.com

PRIVATE SCHOOLS

Private schools are autonomous which allows them to have the freedom to offer religious education and/or curriculum apart from the regulated state standards. Private schools also depend on their own funding, which may come in the form of tuition, grants, donations and endowments. Private schools are not required to accept every child that applies.

admissioN:

  • Private school admission process usually starts about 12 months prior to enrollment.
  • Open House is held in the fall for parents and potential students to visit the school and learn about the program. Parents should receive a Pre-Application during open house and it should be completed with a non-refundable direct deposit which covers an interview/evaluation with the child.
  • Families are notified of admissions by an acceptance letter mailed to the family. Letters usually arrive in March.
  • Families are required to respond within one week of receiving an acceptance letter. To secure space, a contract needs to be signed and non-refundable and registration fees paid.

CHARTER SCHOOLS

Similar to traditional public school, charter schools are free. However, paces are often limited. Charter schools are independently run and some are operated by for-profit private companies. A school’s ability to remain often depends on the management of the school and the performance of the students. Usually charter schools tend to be smaller schools resulting in smaller class sizes. All charter schools hold lotteries for admission.

SCHOOL/DAYCARE ENROLLMENT PROCESS

Children Entering:

  • Toddler Program: must be 2 years old by Oct 1st.
  • Transitional Three’s Program: must be turning 3 years old between Oct 2nd – Dec 31st.
  • Pre-K 3: must be 3 years old by Oct 1st.
  • Pre-K 4: must be 4 years old by Oct 1st.
  • Kindergarten: must be 5 years old by Oct 1st.

 

       

      

       

Press Release for JC Education Fair 2017

EVENT:  JC Education Fair 2017 (Education Fair in Jersey City)

WHEN: Saturday, September 23rd. 2017 10a.m. to 2p.m.

WHERE: Hamilton Park, Downtown Jersey City

                   McWilliams Place, 8th Street

                   Jersey City, NJ 07304

COST: FREE!

CONTACT: Mamta Singh, [email protected]

Jersey City, NJ, September 23rd, 2017 – JCFamilies will be launching and distributing their new directory at the JC Education Fair 2017, which will cover all bases for parents and families interested in local schools and day cares.

Over 57 Jersey City and Hoboken-based public schools, private schools, charter schools, and day cares will be represented at the upcoming JC Education Fair 2017 where parents and families can obtain information firsthand from school representatives on open houses, school curriculum, as well as intermingle with other families and educators alike.

Parents will not only learn how to better navigate the different school systems and calendars, but also become privy to special events, enrichment classes, promotions and obtain resources from some of the leading childcare facilities and most prestigious schools in and around Jersey City and Hoboken. Schools like Hamilton Park Montessori, The Ethical Community Charter School and AlphaMind Academy will be in attendance for this family-friendly event that will appeal to children of all ages. JCFamilies will be hosting the 2nd Annual ‘Face-Off’ Magic Show, a free program showcasing the marvelous and mystical talents of local Magicians for all to enjoy.

Parents will be able to walk away from this experience able to discern which school will be the right fit for their young scholars and families. Team members of JCFamilies will also have a table set up to answer any of your questions, and we will be distributing our newly-launched directory for the 2017-18 school year. Stop by and say hi! For additional information please visit our website and subscribe to our weekly newsletter to receive event updates.

*JCFamilies is a not-for-profit organization that connects over 25,000 local parents through its various channels, providing information, resources and wholesome parenting experiences to local communities.  JCFamilies is the largest and fastest growing community of parents in the Jersey City area.

Education Fair in Jersey City

How to Save Money on School Supplies

How to Save Money on School Supplies

Going back to school can be a fun time for your kids. They get to learn new things, see their friends again every day, and of course get the coolest and newest school supplies. However, this can be far less exciting for parents when they see the long list of supplies required for the school year ahead. From pencils to markers to notebooks to scissors and glue, your kids are going to need heaps of new learning materials.

Thankfully, we have compiled some of the best ways on how to save money on school supplies. You can save tons of money on school supplies for the upcoming school year. Follow these few simple tips and tricks so you can get your kids everything they want, and save money doing it!

Check Your House

Believe it or not, you likely have tons of school supplies laying around the house already. Things like to hide in closets, drawers, old backpacks, and other nooks and crannies.

So, do a sweep of the house and look for simple things like new pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners, rulers, post-its, and pens. Even those these are small items, they can add up in price at the store because your kids often need a lot of each item. This is an easy and simple way to save money on school supplies.

No Sales Tax Holidays

If you are lucky enough to live in a state with a no sales tax holiday, take advantage of his opportunity. You can go shopping for school supplies, new clothing, and even computers. This is a great way to save some extra money and a wonderful way to save money on school supplies.

Buy in Bulk Stores

Have a membership at those huge bulk stores like Costco? Then, buy those schools supplies there. Even though you may pay a bit more out of pocket initially, you can a huge supply of items like pens, pencils, paper, markers, notebooks, and loose-leaf paper. It is very likely your kids will need more paper and pencils as the school year goes on. Instead of having to run out to the store in the middle of the year when there are no more back-to-school sales, you will already have the extra supplies they will need. This is a very

It is very likely your kids will need more paper and pencils as the school year goes on. Instead of having to run out to the store in the middle of the year when there are no more back-to-school sales, you will already have the extra supplies they will need. This is a very convenient way to save money on school supplies.

Take Advantage of Back-to-School Sales

Of course, nearing the end of summer there are going to be tons of school supply and clothing sales at almost every store. Keep a close eye on flyers, social media, emails, etc. to keep an eye out for when sales are about to begin at your favorite stores. You can often find deep discounts on some of the most common supplies on your kid’s school supply list from their teachers.

Be Smart with Backpacks

One of the biggest expenses you will encounter for the up and coming school year is a backpack. Backpacks are often quite pricey for one of good quality. Use coupons when you can, buy second-hand, or wait for sales to come about at your favorite stores and your favorite brands.

You can still find great quality backpacks that aren’t the super popular name brands like NorthFace, Billabong, and Nike. Look at backpacks from Lands End, Timberland, and JanSport. They often have sales and they will actually last your kids the whole entire school year.

School Uniforms

If your kids need school uniforms, never buy them from a school uniform store. They are often extremely overpriced and the quality of clothing can be lacking as well. If any store is going to hike up the price of uniforms, it will be a designated school uniform store.

Instead, shop around for your kid’s uniforms at places like Lands End, Old Navy, and Gap who all now carry great quality and affordable uniforms. Uniforms are often overlooked as a “school supply,” so make sure you consider this as a school supply. It will help you keep on track with your budget and save money on school supplies overall.

Buy From Multiple Stores

Yes, this may be a bit annoying to run from store to store, but financially speaking, it will likely be worth it. Generally, one store only has select items on sale. So you may get those pens, pencils, scissors, and pencil boxes on sale, but what about the rest of the list? Buy the things that are on sale from one store and go to another store and buy the items that are on sale there. Whatever is left over, search for stores that are likely to have the remainder of the list on sale.

Additionally, you can buy the rest of the school supply list online from websites like Amazon. These kinds of websites will have no frills and fuss and have amazing prices for school items. Even better – if you have Amazon Prime you will get free 2-day shipping.

Try the Dollar Tree

You may not associate the Dollar Tree with school supply shopping, but you can find great items at even better prices here. They will have all of the basics like pens, pencils, notebooks, erasers, scissors, glue, and tons more. Give it a shot! You will save money on school supplies and can use your savings for other things.

Walmart, Staples, and Office Max Flyers

Keep your eye on these stores flyers when August rolls around. Stores are getting ready for families who are going back to school and the sales abound. You can often find the best deals advertised in these kinds of flyers and you can use the flyers to plan out your shopping trip. Write down what you need that is on sale at each store. Then make your way to each store, stick to the list of items on sale at each store, and you will watch the savings pile up.

Lastly…

Office Max is offering $5 off a $25 purchase in store and online by either downloading the coupon from their site or using 5OFF25 at checkout online.

Walmart has 97 cent bins right by the checkout with great deals and tons of savings!

The Waldo School, World of ABC in Jersey City

 The Waldo School, World of ABC in Jersey City

school in Jersey CityAn Interview with Founders, Daniela Sarbu & Dorota Mani And Curriculum Director, Courtney Bode

Located in the heart of the Waldo section of the Jersey City Waterfront, World of ABC, The Waldo School sets the standard for leading private education.

What inspired you to open The Waldo School, World of ABC:

Our inspiration were our children. We are two mommies who were looking for schools for both of our children. There were not many then as there are right now. We were looking for something different than what we had in the area. A school that was academically advanced but with a well rounded curriculum, with inspirational facilities that were green, sustainable and eco friendly too. We wanted chess, music, etiquette; multiple things that we could not find in the schools that were currently in the area.

We opened our doors in 2010. We found a space that was completely raw and we helped design it. We were almost at 80% capacity in our first year only. Most families enrolled here are from close neighborhoods in downtown Jersey City.

Private schools in jersey cityWhat kind of curriculum do you follow & how is it different from other schools in the area:

We use the International Baccalaureate program. It is a primary years program for kids from Pre-K to Highschool. The idea here is to promote inquiry based approach to teaching where kids are encouraged to ask questions and we use these learnings to develop a lot of our lesson plans and activities.

It’s a very student centric approach driven by the children’s’ interest. They are really invested in what they’re learning. Simultaneously we are also a little more academic than other schools. While following their interests we are also making sure we deliver targeted mathematics, language and arts, science instruction so the kids are not only learning what they are expected to know but a little more too. We also have smaller classes with lower ratios so students get the individual instruction that they need.

It’s important to add here that our children are a year ahead with their current programs, but because we make our approach fun, exciting and innovative, they s don’t even know that they are learning so much!

pre-schools in jersey cityWhat extracurricular activities do you offer:

In addition to academics we believe that a child needs to be well rounded socially, emotionally and physically and because of that we offer a range of extracurricular activities that are included in our tuition. Music, swimming (with a salt water system), basketball, soccer, Spanish, art, robotics, chess are all programs that are part of our curriculum from 8.30am – 3.30pm. For extra coaching in these areas, we offer private lessons too.

Students enjoy an indoor pool and gymnasium for physical education or indoor recess.

We are in the process of opening our outdoor space in June with chess tables, hoops, picnic tables etc.

pre-k in Jersey CityWhat is the student/teacher ratio in your school:

Our program runs from Infant – 3rd grade and every year we plan to open a new classroom as our kids are growing with us. In general, each classroom has about 12 students. Our ratios are as follows:

1:3 in Infants and Toddlers

1:6 in Pre-K

1:12 in KG & Up


Do you have early drop off and after care options available:

Our school day runs from 7.30am -6.00pm.

daycares in Jersey City

Do you provide an option for catered lunch:

We ask parents to send lunch for their kids with instructions as needed. However for parents who would like to order lunch through us, we do work with a chef who delivers meals for kids daily to our facilities. This is not included in the tuition

We do however, offer a snack at 10.00am and 3.30pm for all kids. We take into consideration all dietary restrictions.

private school in Jersey CityDo you offer summer camp programs:

We have two summer camp programs. One program for preschoolers and second one for kindergartners and up.

Our Pre-K program is fun. A great introduction to school for kids who are new. We include academics but with summer there is a lot of outdoor time, sports and different theme based activities that we plan our days around. Interested parents can see detail on our website www.worldofabc.com.

The Elementary summer program is based on STEM so includes robotics, programing, engineering, math and science in addition to sports as well.

We open summer camp to not just the enrolled children but all kids of jersey city and beyond. Summer camp is also a good introduction for new students that are starting in September. They get acquainted with the premises and the teachers which makes for a very smooth transition for them.

elementary school in Jersey CityWhat makes you different from other schools in the area:

This school is being run by two mommies. We are not a business. We are a facility that is a home away from home for our children.They are all happy and excited. Yes, we are challenging them academically in addition to a wide range of extracurriculars but they are also learning self confidence and getting a well rounded experience.

We are also blessed with really good teachers and not to mention exceptional students! It’s important to have all the right degrees but we also choose good teachers based on their interaction with kids in the classroom.

What would you like to say to our families:

Come and see us. Our doors are always open! We make sure all our children are safe and getting the well rounded experience they need. We do everything in our power to nurture successful individuals with a strong foundation.

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Tips for NJ Graduates with Student Debt from the Class of 2017

Tips for NJ Graduates with Student Debt from the Class of 2017

It’s graduation season, and with the excitement of caps and gowns comes a stark reality: in just a few months, many college graduates will face their first student loan payments.  For graduates of colleges and universities in New Jersey, paying student loans may be even more challenging as they face expensive housing throughout much of the state and a tight job market.  So how can you make sure that you stay on top of your student loan payments after you graduate?

Pay Interest During the Grace Period

After you graduate or otherwise leave school, most student loan lenders (private and federal) allow a six-month period of time before you make your first student loan payment.  This is known as the grace period.  During this time, you don’t have to make any payments on your student loans, but interest will continue to accrue.  At the end of the grace period, the interest that has accrued during the time that you were in school and the grace period will capitalize and will be added to the principal of your loan.  This means that your loan may increase substantially by the time that you make your first student loan payment.

One way that you can help to reduce the amount that is added to your student loan balance at the end of your grace period is to make interest payments during the grace period.  Any amount that you pay, no matter how modest, can help to offset the total amount that you owe on your loan.  If you are working, you could make much larger payments during the grace period.  If you aren’t working, you may consider using some of the money you got for graduation to pay your interest.  Any amount that you pay will help to slash the total amount that you pay on your loan — and can help you pay off your loan more quickly.

Make Extra Payments

Once you are past the grace period and are paying off your loan, consider putting additional money each month towards your student loan payments to help you get out of debt sooner.  Any extra money that you add towards the minimum amount can reduce the total amount due — and help you pay off your loans faster.

Of course, your monthly student loan payments may already be high.  New Jersey is home to some pricey private colleges, such as Drew University (at $45,552 per year), Princeton University ($43,450 per year) and Seton Hall University ($35,940 per year).  However, even an extra $50 per month — the price of one dinner out or buying a coffee instead of bringing one from home for two weeks — can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars on your student loans.  Even if you are already paying a substantial amount on your student loans, it makes sense to cut your budget to work put some extra funds towards this debt.

Refinance Your Loans

When you applied for your student loans, chances are good that you had no income and either no credit score or a low credit score.  A few years out of college, you now have an opportunity to refinance your private student loans — and save yourself money in the process.

Refinancing works by replacing multiple loans with one new loan with a lower, fixed interest rate and shorter loan term.  To be eligible, you typically need a credit score of at least 660, a steady income and a history of making regular, on-time payments.  You can refinance your federal student loans along with your private student loans, but just be aware that you will lose the protections of those loans if you do so, such as income-based repayment options.

Explore Loan Forgiveness Options

If you work in certain fields, New Jersey may help you pay off your student loans — but only if you meet certain qualifications.  The state has four separate student loan forgiveness or redemption programs available for nursing faculty, prosecutors and public defenders and primary care physicians and dentists.

For nurse faculty, New Jersey offers student loan deductions of up to $50,000 for eligible borrowers to address a shortage in this area.  The state is also offering student loan repayments of up to $1,883 for qualified prosecutors and public defenders through a federal grant, and up to $120,000 in student loan redemption for primary care providers in medically underserved areas in New Jersey.  For primary care providers, qualified professions include physicians, dentists, physician assistants, certified nurse practitioners and certified nurse midwives.

 

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