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.

 

The French American Academy, Jersey City, NJ

 

An Interview with Jean-François, Center Director, The French American Academy, Jersey City, NJ

The French American Academy, Jersey City, NJ is located in downtown Jersey City and walking distance from Grove Street Path Station. The French American Academy opened in the former St Mary High School. Their charming 3-story building, offers 30 classrooms with bright light, warm colors and ample space. We were warmly greeted by their faculty and students. A special thank you to their center director, Jean-François, for giving us his time.

When did The French American Academy of Jersey City open it’s doors:

This school is part of a group of schools called the French American Academy founded 10 years ago. The French American Academy first opened three Pre-K classes in September 2007 in Dumont, NJ. The school has grown ever since.

We moved to a bigger campus in New Milford in Bergen County in July 2010 and shortly after  opened a second campus in Morris Plains in Morris County in September 2010. The Jersey City campus opened its doors in 2012.

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

The French American Academy of Jersey City is a private bilingual school. We offer an early-start, gradual immersion, dual language (French and English) education to students from Pre-K2 through 4th grade. From Sep 2017, we are expanding to 5th grade.

In Sep 2018 we will open the Middle school in Jersey City with 6th, 7th and 8th grades with French, American & Spanish tracks. We will be accepting students from various international backgrounds and communities.


There is more emphasis on the French language in the early years (Pre-K-Kindergarten) to set up the foundations. From 1st grade, instruction in English gradually increases and by 5th grade children are spending about 60% in French and 40% in English.

Bilingualism is at the core of our curriculum and in some classes like in science, students are taught in both languages with both an American and a French teacher present in the classrooms. It’s a demanding bilingual curriculum with an emphasis on projects and investigation. In our community, we welcome children from families whether these families speak French at home, or English or another language.

Our school is accredited by both, Middle School Association on College and Schools, and the National French Ministry of Education, and is a member of New Jersey Association of Independent School.

Pre-school jersey cityWhat is the student/teacher ratio in your school: 
5:1 in Pre-K (the legal requirement is 6:1)
8:1 in Pre-K for three year old (the legal requirement is 10:1)
10:1 in Pre-K for four year old (the legal requirement is 12:1)
12:1 in Kindergarten (the legal requirement is 15:1)
16:1 in First Grade (there is no more legal obligation but the public school ratio is usually 25:1)
18:1 in Second Grade and up (there is no more legal obligation but the public school ratio is usually 25:1)

Pre-school in jersey cityDo you have early drop off and after care options available:

The French American Academy, Jersey City, NJ school day runs from 8.30am -3.15pm. Before-school-care opens at 7:30am.
After-school-care starts at 3.15pm and ends at 6:30pm.
A bus from Bus4us company brings the students from Weehawken / Hoboken to Jersey City in the morning and take them back in the afternoon.

Do you provide an option for catered lunch:

In Jersey City we partner with Simply Gourmet. You can easily order your child’s lunch online with them or send your child with a lunch box. Their meals are nutritious, delicious, and kid friendly. Our other campuses have their own catering company. We have this planned for Jersey City too in the future.

Elementary School jersey cityWhat extracurricular activities do you offer:

Enrichment classes typically run from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Offerings may include:
Art, Sports (Soccer, Tennis and Team Games), Hip-Hop, Music (Guitar and Piano private lessons), Chess, Cooking, Woodworking, Programming
Our Enrichment Program offers every day at least two different classes: one for older children and one for younger children.

Students also enjoy a huge inhouse  gymnasium for physical education or indoor recess.

Do you offer Summer Camp programs:

The French American Academy, Jersey City’s Summer Camp program runs for 8 weeks (end June – mid August)

We also offer mini camps in February and over Spring break.

What would you like to say to our families:

Everyone is welcomein The French American Academy, Jersey City, NJ! We also have Financial Aid budgets for qualifying families.
The French American Academy is a school of excellence and we hope you will give this gift to your child.

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Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park, NJ

All about Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park, NJ

An Interview with Joanne Johnson, Director of the new and growing Kiddie Academy, Educational Child Care in Hamilton Park, NJ

Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park

 

 

 

 

When did Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park open its doors:

Our Hamilton Park location opened in July of 2016.  It has been a wonderful experience for us so far! The community has been so warm and welcoming. We love seeing our neighbors, and try to participate in as many community events as possible. It’s great to see our families out at the community events too. The majority of our families live right here in Hamilton Park! In NJ we have 4 sister sites including us; Hoboken, Hamilton Park, Florham Park and Secaucus. All of our centers are committed to providing exceptional experiences for our students and their families. While Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park may be a brand new facility, the company is grounded in roots stemming back 36 years, making us Downtown Jersey City’s newest childcare, with the oldest roots!

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How many classrooms do you have here:

We have 10 classrooms and also have an indoor gymnasium.

What are the age groups of children enrolled:

We have a broad age range. We start with children as young as six weeks of age and go through Kindergarten for full time care. We also accommodate children up to the age of twelve. The older children come for winter breaks, spring breaks, before & after care and summer camp.  To secure a space, families may enroll for any age group as far as two years in advance. We do not require an application. Families can simply call in and learn about availability free of charge. We strive to make our operations as convenient as possible for our families.

Private school jersey cityWhat is your teacher/child ratio in your classrooms:

Our ratios vary based on the specific age group. We follow all NJ state regulations.

Do you provide an option for catered lunch:

We have a commercial kitchen at our facility.  We provide, breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack & low fat and whole milk (certified organic). Meals are prepared fresh daily using all natural, organic ingredients. For our student’s safety, the school is nut free. In the event of a student allergy and/or preference, our catering company will create meals for the child that meet their dietary restrictions.

Summer camp Jersey cityDo you have early drop off and after care options available:

Our operating hours are from 7am through 6.30pm. Families enjoy the benefit of being able to bring their children here anytime during those hours without incurring additional charges. This is a tremendous advantage for working families that can at times have unreliable schedules or face commuting delays. By offering unrestricted schedules throughout our operating hours, we have enabled our families to use our services without fear of unnecessary late fees and avoid commuting stress.

Day cares jersey cityWhat kind of curriculum do you follow:

Our curriculum called is called Life Essentials and is based on the 4 Pillars of Learning. Those pillars are: Technology, Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum, Character Education and Health & Fitness. The curriculum is written and developed at our corporate headquarters in Maryland and is overseen by our Curriculum Advisory Board. Board members, Dr.Rivkin, Dr. Wheeler, Dr. Rogowsky and Dr. Watson-Thompson work collaboratively to evaluate and refresh our curriculum. Refreshed curriculums are piloted for a year at a corporately owned school prior to being rolled out to our centers. This ensures that it is as finely tuned as possible by the time it comes to us.

Each teacher is able to enhance the curriculum to meet the needs and interests of their current students. Having this flexibility enables us to provide an experience that is tailored to our current student body.  Additionally, children from 6 weeks – 2 years of age receive an individualized lesson plan that is unique to them. To ensure that we are continuing to develop plans that meet our students needs and support their learning, our faculty complete developmental checklists and compile student portfolios for each child. We offer live streaming webcams in all classrooms, so parents can log in and watch as their child learns and explores! Also included are electronic daily student reports so parents are always aware of what happened during their child’s day.

What extracurricular activities do you offer:

We incorporate Spanish and American Sign Language into our curriculum. Additionally, we enhance our curriculum with a Music program called Kindermusik. Our older students also enjoy the benefits of having technology in their classrooms. Whether it’s a smart table, computer, or touch screen smart board, we teach our students how to interact with technology in a purposeful way that will support their understanding and engagement with these tools.

Do you offer a Summer Camp program:

Absolutely! All existing students are automatically enrolled in our Summer Camp. Children from the community can also enroll in the camp program. Summer camp is broken down by age group and is geared towards students 2 years through 12 years of age. Campers will experience a summer like no other! Campers enjoy field trips, camp activities and splash days! We are thrilled to launch our brand new Biological Sciences Experience this summer! Campers will have an opportunity to learn about, handle and interact with real specimens brought right to their classroom. Sharks, stingray, turtle, starfish, insects and reptiles are all of the list to be explored this summer at Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park! Enrollment is open to the community right now and will end once all spots have been filled. We urge interested families to enroll as soon as possible as space is limited.

What would you like to say to our families:

We are thrilled to be part of the community and invite you in to learn more about the services we offer. At Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park, we are a community within a community! Many of our families have developed bonds and friendships through the school which has intern enhanced their experience living in Hamilton Park.  Our multicultural school population offers students a richly diverse learning experience that exposes them to a world beyond downtown. Our State of the Art Facility has been designed to optimally meet the needs of our student body. Our learning environment, makes the school an idyllic place for students to learn and families to come together. Our award winning faculty is at the heart of everything we do! They are among the top talent of early childhood educators in our area. We simply cannot say enough about them!  Additionally, a member of our leadership team is always on site to ensure the appropriate operations of the school and that our families always have a supervisor available to them.

We invite you to come learn more about the services we offer through a personal tour of the facility. For your convenience, tours are offered M-F 7am-6:30pm. We look forward to showing you our difference!

Check out the website: https://kiddieacademy.com

Call to schedule a tour : 201-241-4443

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All about The Brunswick School in Jersey City, NJ

All about The Brunswick School in Jersey City, NJ

Quick Points: 

  • The Brunswick School in Jersey City is conveniently located in downtown JC, 2 blocks from Hamilton Park.
  • Huge parking lot for parents.
  • Citibike stand just opposite to the school.

An Interview with Jillian Hernandez; Founder of the new and growing Brunswick School

How did the Brunswick School come about? What inspired you?

We opened a year and a half ago in July of 2015. Obviously I have a passion for children in early education but my background is in Human Resources so I wanted to start a business that could make a difference in the community. I spend most of my time interacting with the teachers and making sure they are happy. If teachers are happy, children are happy and as a result parents are happy. The teachers here have a true passion for what they do…I wish I could spend more time in the classroom…but the highlight of my day is when one of the teachers brings a couple of kids in here and shows me what they’ve done.

I also recognized that there was a huge demand in this area for quality education. There are so many young families here now in Jersey City. At the time when we started building the school there were not many options…now fortunately there are a lot more options for the community which is great, as it will bring more people to Jersey City.

What is the teacher/child ratio in your school:

Under 18 mths: 1:4, 18mths – 2.5: 1:6, 2.5 & older: 1:10

But we always have extra hands and staff too.

The Brunswick School in Jersey City

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How many classrooms do u have in the school:

We have 11 classrooms and in the process of opening up an additional classroom and indoor playroom coming very soon. This used to be a catholic grammar school, so its nice that we can continue to expand into additional spaces that already exist within the building.

Our program starts at 6 months up to Kindergarten. We have two baby rooms, three young toddler rooms, four older toddler rooms, One Pre-K room and One Kindergarten room.

Do you provide an option for catered lunch:

Yes! Our chef is fantastic. She provides breakfast, lunch and snacks to the children. It’s all organic and super healthy (it’s busy bee organics). It’s included in the tuition.

We also teach the children about what they are eating and why.

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

We are open from 7 am – 7pm which is nice and convenient for parents that work and have to commute. Our core day starts at 8.30 am and ends at 4.30pm, but before that and after is before care and after care.

What kind of curriculum do you follow:

Our director Erin and I built the curriculum. We researched various different curriculums that are out there and created our own. We didn’t want to subscribe to one but take the best of all.

A lot of it is based on Arts & Crafts, Music, Movement but heavy on Academics (Math, Reading, Writing, Science, History) through utilizing different creative outlets. That’s our whole premise here..teaching the children to enjoy the process of learning. For the little ones it’s more about the socialization and maintaining a structure, trying to maintain the routine the parents have at home, here in the school.

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What extracurricular activities do you offer:

The kids get Zumba and Yoga and the older kids have Science Enrichment once a week and Spanish a few times a week. We also have Rockasorri coming in once a week for Music. We also have an outdoor play area and we take them out twice a day.

Do you offer Summer Camp programs:

Yes, we do have a summer program. Most of the spots go to siblings that aren’t in the school. Our summer camp is separate from regular school. We have a separate classroom for summer and it’s more fun based with field trips, visits at Hudson Play etc. And the kids are older. Enrollment for camp is open and we ask for a two week minimum.

How do you foster Diversity?

We celebrate every holiday and ask parents to come in and celebrate with us. Our teachers are from different nationalities and backgrounds and they also help us carry things out like that.

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In your opinion, what sets your school apart from others?

-We have the best teachers, they are just amazing human beings that care with great educational backgrounds and are certified.

-Our Food! These kids eat better than most of Jersey City! Super healthy and organic.The chef makes sure they are getting a balanced diet between what they like, fruits and vegetables. We also take care of dietary restrictions.

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Public Schools in Jersey City

Public Schools in Jersey City 

 The Jersey City Public School system offers a diverse array of schools. They have fourteen elementary schools, thirteen grammar schools and four middle schools.
One of the biggest decisions you will make for your child is whether to go to public or private when it comes to school. Quality education goes a long way in helping your child grow into a life of happiness and success. In order to help you make the best decisions, we want you to be informed of all of your options. We’ve complied a list of our public schools and their administraive contacts here for your convinience.

Elementary Schools in Jersey City

FRANK R. CONWELL SCHOOL – PS 3
Principal Darren Mischel
Assistant Principal Dr. Vincent E. Castro
111 Bright Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Office-201-915-6100
Fax-201-413-5118
JOTHAM W. WAKEMAN SCHOOL – PS 6
Principal Nicholas A. Capodice
Assistant Principal Joseph Apruzzese
100 St. Paul’s Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Office-201-714-4310
Fax-201-659-5992
CHARLES E. TREFURT SCHOOL – PS 8
Principal Marisa Migliozzi
Assistant Principal Todd Bolsius
96 Franklin Street
Jersey City, NJ 07307
Office-201-714-4320
Fax-201-653-7274

OLLIE CULBRETH, JR. SCHOOL – PS 14
Principal Sharon Abbruscato
Assistant Principal Christopher DeNunzio
153 Union Street
Jersey City, NJ 07304
Office-201-915-6430
Fax-201-333-7255

WHITNEY M. YOUNG, JR. SCHOOL – PS 15
Principal Michelle West
Assistant Principal Frank Borroto
135 Stegman Street
Jersey City, NJ 07305
Office-201-369-3724
Fax-201-433-6939

CORNELIA F. BRADFORD SCHOOL – PS 16
Principal Terry Watkins-Williams
Anti-Bullying Specialist: Scott Sigler
96 Sussex Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Office-201-915-6450
Fax-201-915-0724

DR. MAYA ANGELOU –  PS 20
Principal Maritza Rodriguez-Dortrait
Assistant Principal – Wes Heinel
239 Ocean Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07305
Office-201-369-2630

REVEREND DR. ERCEL F. WEBB SCHOOL – PS 22
Principal Oscar Velez
Assistant Principal Janine Anderson
264 Van Horne Street
Jersey City, NJ 07304
Office-201-915-6480
Fax-201-521-0909

NICOLAUS COPERNICUS SCHOOL – PS 25
Principal Diane Pistilli
Assistant Principal Dianne O’Connell
3385 Kennedy Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ 07307
Office-201-714-4340
Fax-201-222-0949

GLADYS NUNERY SCHOOL – PS 29
Principal Cara Szeles
123 Claremont Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07305
Office-201-915-6520
Fax-201-433-2920

ALEXANDER D. SULLIVAN SCHOOL – PS 30
Principal Joseph Cordero
Assistant Principal Martha Osei-Yaw
171 Seaview Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07305
Office-201-915-6530
Fax-201-332-7147

ANTHONY J. INFANTE SCHOOL – PS 31
Principal Ann L. Beirne
3055 Kennedy Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Office-201-714-4370
Fax-201-659-7711

DR. PAUL RAFALIDES SCHOOL – PS 33
Principal Frank Piccillo
362 Union Street
Jersey City, NJ 07304
Office-201-915-6540
Fax-201-433-4232

GERARD J. DYNES – N.J. REGIONAL DAY SCHOOL
Principal Colleen Henry
425 Johnston Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07304
Office-201-915-6165
Fax-201-433-4401

Public Schools in Jersey City
Grammar Schools:

DR. MICHAEL CONTI SCHOOL – PS 5
Principal John Rivero
Assistant Principal Alan LaMonica
182 Merseles Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Office-201-714-4300
Fax-201-659-5717

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. SCHOOL – PS 11
Principal Cleopatra Wingard
Assistant Principal Mary Truesdale
886 Bergen Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Office-201-915-6521
Fax-201-418-8582

JULIA A. BARNES SCHOOL – PS 12
Principal Annie Graham
Assistant Principal Tom Macagnano
91 Astor Place
Jersey City, NJ 07304
Office-201-915-6420
Fax-201-333-7316

JOSEPH H. BRENSINGER SCHOOL – PS 17
Principal Robert Brower
Assistant Principal Margaret Critelli
600 Bergen Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07305
Office-201-915-6120
Fax-201-434-2824

MAHATMA K. GANDHI SCHOOL – PS 23 ANNEX
Principal Peter Mattaliano
Assistant Principal Cynthia Small
143 Romaine Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Office-201-915-6490
Fax-201-435-8514

CHAPLAIN CHARLES WATTERS SCHOOL – PS 24
Principal Rosalyn Barnes
Assistant Principal Aleya Shoieb
220 Virginia Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07304
Office-201-915-6510
Fax-201-433-3150

ALFRED E. ZAMPELLA SCHOOL – PS 27
Principal Dr. Joseph Galano
Assistant Principal Maryann McKenzie
201 North Street
Jersey City, NJ 07307
Office-201-714-4350
Fax-201-420-9082

CHRISTA MCAULIFFE SCHOOL – PS 28
Principal Dr. Janet I. Elder
Assistant Principal Gillian Matos
Assistant Principal Patrick Holness
Assistant Principal Gillian Matos
167 Hancock Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07307
Office-201-714-4360
Fax-201-656-0225

PUBLIC SCHOOL NUMBER 34
Principal Shante Jones
Assistant Principal Paulette Bailey
1830 Kennedy Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ 07305
Office-201-915-6550
Fax-201-915-6553

RAFAEL DE J. CORDERO SCHOOL – PS 37
Principal Marvin A. Strynar
Assistant Principal Sergio Cabrera
158 Erie Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Office- 201-714-4390
Fax- 201-222-9055

JAMES F. MURRAY SCHOOL – PS 38
Principal Sandra Jones
Assistant Principal Hani Ileya
Assistant Principal Kathy Brantley-Busby
339 Stegman Parkway
Jersey City, NJ 07305
Office-201-915-6620
Fax-201-333-6044

DR. CHARLES P. DEFUCCIO SCHOOL – PS 39
Principal Dawn Reynolds
Assistant Principal: Tyrone Bates
214 Plainfield Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Office-201-915-6560

MARTIN CENTER for the ARTS
Principal Glenda Jennings
Assistant Principal Robert O’Connor
59 Wilkinson Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07305
Office-201-915-6590
Fax-201-915-6596

 

Middle Schools in Jersey City

FRANK R. CONWELL MIDDLE SCHOOL – MS 4
Principal Joanna Veloz
Assistant Principal Lissa Santiago
Assistant Principal Troy Smith
107 Bright Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Office-201-946-5740
Fax-201-209-1293

FRANKLIN L. WILLIAMS SCHOOL – MS 7
Principal Edwin Rivera
Assistant Principal Dr. Marie Stringile
Assistant Principal Jaimie Barnaskas
222 Laidlaw Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Office-201-714-8343/8344
Fax-201-659-6457

EZRA L NOLAN SCHOOL – MS 40
Principal Francine Luce
88 Gates Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07305
Office-201-915-6570
Fax-201-369-3749

ACADEMY I MIDDLE SCHOOL
Principal Grace Moriarty
209 Bergen Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07305
Office-201-915-6500
Fax-201-435-9224Public Schools in Jersey City

 

 

 

 

Make sure you also check out our blog about Public Schools In Jersey City – Student to Teacher ratios in the classroom!

 

 

 

 

Best PreSchools, Elementary Schools and Daycares in Jersey City

Best Preschools, Elementary Schools, and Daycares in Jersey City

Choosing a daycare or school for your child can be a nerve-wracking and overwhelming experience.  At JCFamilies, we want you to find the right fit for your  child, There’s so many choices as you search for the right option for your child(ren) and family. Here’s a list of our Best Preschools, Elementary Schools, and Day cares In Jersey City. With each listing, you’ll find contact information and a few details to help you become informed and make the best decision possible.

The Brunswick School

Best PreSchools, elementary school and day Cares in Jersey City

189 Brunswick Street, Jersey City NJ 07302 – Phone: 201.420.1550

https://thebrunswickschool.com

Email: [email protected]

Hours: M-F 7am-7pm

(7th Street Entrance, street and parking lot parking)

The Brunswick School provides childcare and education beginning at age six months through Kindergarten. Their goal is to create happy, healthy lifelong learners. They encourage students to think and learn, and their teaching style is loosely based on The Creative Curriculum. The Brunswick School realizes each child learns uniquely and is an individual and their developmental continuum is based on 125 objectives.

RSVP for an open house or schedule a private tour by sending them an email to [email protected]. Check out the Brunswick School and see if your family finds it to be one of the best preschools, elementary schools, and day cares in Jersey City.

Kiddie Academy Educational Child Care

255 Brunswick Street, Jersey City NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 241 -4443

Kiddie Academy is an educational center in Jersey City which will exceed your expectations. The key ingredient of their educational philosophy is the Life Essentials program and children learn, grow and play in a safe, nurturing and clean environment. Kiddie Academy offers something for everyone from 6 weeks of age thru 12 years old.

Waterfront Montessori

Best PreSchools, elementary school and day Cares in Jersey City

150 Warren St #108, Jersey City NJ 07302- Phone: (201) 333-5600

http://www.waterfrontmontessori.com/

Email: recruiting@waterfrontmontessori.com

Hours: 7:30 am – 6:00 pm

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.

Learning Ladders

33-35 Hudson St, Jersey City and 160 Morgan St, Suite # 2, Jersey City, NJ 07302, Phone: 201.918.6334 / 201.918.6643

www.learningladdersnj.com

Email: [email protected]com

Hours: 7.30am – 6.30pm

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.

We open M-F throughout the year and, offer flexible schedules and have least number of closings a year. Among other features, Weekly enrichment classes are conducted and digital daily reports are sent to each family. Contact now to schedule a personal tour.

Bright Horizons

Best PreSchools, elementary school and day Cares in Jersey City

152 Plaza 3, Jersey City NJ 07311, Phone: 201.433.6370, for enrollment info: 877.624.4532 

 https://child-care-preschool.brighthorizons.com/nj/jerseycity/plaza3jc

Hours M-F 7 am – 6:30 pm

Jersey City Bright Horizons is located in the lobby of Plaza 3 in Harborside Financial Center, which is located on the corner of Harborside Pl. and Hudson St. The HBLR is conveniently located in the front of the building.

HOBOKEN: 1102 Maxwell Lane, Hoboken NJ

https://child-care-preschool.brighthorizons.com/nj/hoboken/1102maxwell

Hours: M-F 7 am – 7 pm

Maxwell Lane Bright Horizons is located near the corner where Toni and Guy Hair Salon is and is located at the first storefront entrance. For local parking info, visit: http://www.hobokennj.org/departments/transportation-parking/

HOBOKEN SINATRA DRIVE: Sinatra Drive, Hoboken NJ 

https://child-care-preschool.brighthorizons.com/nj/hoboken/sinatradrive

Hours: M-F 7am – 7 pm

Sinatra Drive Bright Horizons is located in the middle of the block between LRP and House Of Que. For local parking info, visit: http://www.hobokennj.org/departments/transportation-parking/

Bright Horizons uses curriculum titled, The World at Their Fingertips. It is designed to engage children in active learning while helping them learn, grow, develop and encourages a spirit of community. Children are served healthy food and eat family-style serving themselves while learning about making healthy choices. Tuition varies by schedule, individual classroom, and center. For more information about tuition, contact the Bright Horizons center listed above. It’s listed as one of the best preschools, elementary schools, and day cares in Jersey City

Early Beginnings Day School

Best PreSchools, elementary school and day Cares in Jersey City

338 Grove Street, Jersey City NJ 07302 – Phone: 201.918.5623

https://www.earlybeginningsdayschool.org/

Email: [email protected]

Early Beginnings Day School provides services for children ages 6 months through 4 years old. Tuition is based on a 5 day week and ranges $1250-$1350 per month from 8:30 am – 3 pm. Before-school program, an after-school program, and half day programs are available. Early Beginnings Day School provides a safe, caring and enriched environment that promotes learning and the development of each child. Could Early Beginnings Day School be the best preschools, elementary schools, and day cares in Jersey City choice for your family?

The French American Academy

Best PreSchools, elementary school and day Cares in Jersey City

Jersey City Campus: 209 Third Street, Jersey City NJ 07302 – Phone: 201.338.8320 press 2

https://www.faacademy.org/

Email: [email protected]

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.

The Garden Preschool Cooperative

242 10th Street #5, Jersey City NJ 07302 – Phone: 201.309.0440

www.gardenpreschool.org

Email: gardenpreschoolenro[email protected]

Hours: 8 am – 6 pm

The Garden Preschool Cooperative provides a high-quality education for children ages 3 (by December 1) through 5 years old when they enter school with a theme based curriculum which changes year to year. The Garden Preschool Cooperative is a parent-run non-profit preschool which employs the developmental-interactive approach to teaching students as pioneered by the Bank Street Graduate School of Education in New York. Parents play a central role in the education of the students. They help enrich the curriculum, offer guidance to our teachers, assist in the classroom once monthly, and staff all leadership roles on the Board of Directors.

Hamilton Park Montessori

Best PreSchools, elementary school and day Cares in Jersey City

 1 McWilliams Place #206, Jersey City NJ 07302 – Phone: 201.533.1910

 http://www.hamiltonparkmontessori.com/

Email: [email protected]

Hours: 7:30 am – 6:00 pm

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.

Hudson Montessori School

Best PreSchools, elementary school and day Cares in Jersey City

10 Regent Street, Jersey City NJ 07302 – Phone: 201.516.0700

 http://hudsonmontessori.net/

Email: [email protected]

Promoting a love of learning in each child from toddlers through 6th-grade guides the thoughts and actions at Hudson Montessori. We focus on the individual interest and needs of each child allowing the child to learn in a hands-on setting. We work with the children in areas of Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math, Cultural, Science, and Motor Skills. For tuition information, click here.

The Kaplan Cooperative Preschool

115 Park Avenue, Hoboken NJ 07030 – Phone: 201.653.8666

http://www.kaplancooperativepreschool.org/

Email: [email protected]

Hours: 8 am – 6 pm

The Kaplan Cooperative Preschool is associated with the United Synagogue of Hoboken. They are a Jewish Preschool committed to providing a play-based and high-quality education to children. The Kaplan Cooperative Preschool welcomes children and families of all faiths and wants everyone to be comfortable. Learn more about this option and see if it is the Best Preschools, Elementary Schools, and Day Cares in Jersey City for your family.

Primary Prep Elementary & Middle School

41 Tuers Ave, Jersey City NJ 07306 – Phone: 201.333.8844

http://www.primaryprep.com/

Primary Prep is a small and private school which was founded in 1993 and now serves grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. The curriculum is designed to encourage the students to think outside the box using and developing critical thinking. Students form strong foundations in math, reading, language arts, science, history, writing and the arts. Technology is also infused in lessons through Ipads, Google Chromebooks, and laptops.

The Scandinavian School of Jersey City

210 9th Street, Jersey City NJ 07306 – Phone: 917.536.7911

 http://www.scandischool.com

Email: [email protected]

Transportation: Public Transit – Path Train to Grove Street or Newport/Pavonia Stops

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. Click here for tuition information. The Scandinavian School of Jersey City is listed as one of the Best Preschools, Elementary Schools, and Day Cares in Jersey City.

Smart Start Academy

HOBOKEN – Smart Start Academy: 552 9th Street, Hoboken NJ 07030 – Phone: 201.461.6363

http://smart-startacademy.com/

Hours: 7 am – 7 pm

For tuition information for their Hoboken location, use this link: Hoboken Tuition Information. If you are looking to park your car, check out Hoboken Parking Information here.

JERSEY CITY – Smart Start Academy:  180 Newark Avenue, Jersey City NJ 07302 – Phone: 201.461.6262

Hours: 7 am – 7 pm

Use the following link for information about tuition: Newark Ave Tuition Information

THE HEIGHTS- Jersey City – Smart Start Academy:  462 Central Ave, Jersey City NJ 07307 – Phone: 201.461.6161

Hours: 7 am – 7 pm

For local tuition information, check out this link: The Heights Tuition Information

JERSEY AVENUE Jersey City – Smart Start Academy: 532 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City NJ 07302 – Phone: 201.461.0101

Hours: 7 am – 7 pm

Find tuition information for their Jersey Avenue location here.

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:

Positive interactions and relationships with adults can provide an essential foundation for successful learning

Social-emotional competence is a significant factor in education.

Purposeful and constructive play supports essential learning.

The physical environment impacts the type and quality of learning interactions.

Teacher and family partnerships encourage development and learning.

Tessa International School

720 Monroe Street Suites E105-106 Hoboken, NJ 07030 – Phone: 201.755.5585

 http://tessais.org/

Hours: 7:30am – 7pm
Tessa is an International School offering Spanish or French bilingual programs with enriching specials and more.
We provide a world-class education, based on the most successful international models, for children starting at age 2.5 to elementary.
At Tessa, through understanding and respect, we aim to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring children. We emphasize social emotional development of children in conjunction with strong academic challenge.
Conveniently situated on the first floor of the Monroe center, you can commute via the light rail, bus 126 or access to the parking lot.
Public transportation for children is being organized for September 2019.

Viaquenti Preschool

285 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: 201.222.0033

 www.viaquenti.com

Email: [email protected]

Viaquenti Preschool provides a global education for children from three months of age thru 2nd grade and anticipating expanding grade levels. Children under 3 years old are instructed based on the Multiple Intelligence Theory and Project-Based Approach. For children three and over, Viaquenti follows the IB PVP curriculum which encourages children to think independently and direct their own learning, learn a second language, and to be able to engage better with our globalized world.

World of ABC, The Waldo School

Best PreSchools, elementary school and day Cares in Jersey City

159 2nd Street & 110 1st Street, Jersey City NJ 07302 – Phone: 201.656.4444

http://www.worldofabc.com/

Email: [email protected]

Hours: 7:30 am – 6:00 pm

Students pursue their individual talents and dreams through a comprehensive academic program and a range of after-school classes. World Of ABC, The Waldo School inquiry-based educational approach provides every opportunity for children to ask questions, grow, think critically, develop, collaborate and express themselves in different ways. They offer an increased emphasis on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) education. Click here for tuition information.

Smile Preschool and Nursery

276 1st Street Jersey City NJ 07302 – Phone: 201.963.8533

194 Newark Avenue NJ 07302 – Phone: 201.963.2462

 http://www.smilepreschoolandnursery.com

Smile Preschool and Nursery provides a nurturing environment in a home-like setting where your child is encouraged to share their feelings and express their creativity where they can grow and develop at their own pace.

The River School

WARREN- River School:  254/254 Warren Street, Jersey City NJ 07302 – Phone: 201.427.9070

https://theriverschool.com/locations/warren-st-the-early-years/

Email: [email protected]

EXCHANGE PLACE – River School:  251 Warren Street, Jersey City NJ 07302 – Phone: 201.369.7003

 https://theriverschool.com/locations/jersey-city-exchange-place-location/

Email: [email protected]

NEWPORT – River School: 30 Newport Parkway, Jersey City, New Jersey 07310

The River School embraces and encourages a lifetime of learning and joy for children 8 weeks through six years old. Children learn from everyone and everywhere. We provide an environment where children are encouraged to explore with developmentally appropriate activities and flexibility to meet their individual needs. The River School currently represents more than 15 countries and come from different backgrounds, cultures, beliefs, marital statuses, and experiences.

All Saints Episcopal Day School

WASHINGTON STREET – All Saints Episcopal Day School:  707 Washington Street, Hoboken NJ 07030 – Phone: 201.792.0736

Website: www.AllSaintsDaySchool.org

Email: [email protected]

CLINTON STREET- All Saints Episcopal Day School:  527 Clinton Street, Hoboken NJ 07030 – Phone: 201.792.6292

All Saints Episcopal Day School is only 15 minutes from Manhattan and is easily accessible by car, train, bus, or ferry. You may travel via car through the Lincoln or Holland Tunnel or NY Waterways. You may travel via Path Trains and via Port Authority Bus Terminal on NJ Transit (Bus #126).

For local parking info, visit: http://www.hobokennj.org/departments/transportation-parking/

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

2018-2019 Tuition and Fees

Nursery – Pre-Kindergarten $12,970 (Half Day 8:30 – 11:15 am)

Early Childhood Extended Day $8,680 (Extended Day 11:15 am-3:00 pm)

Kindergarten – Grade 4 $21,650 (Full Day 8:20 am – 3:00 pm) 

Middle School – Grades 5-8 $22,690 (Full Day 8:20 am – 3:20 pm) 

All Saints Episcopal Day School offers need-based financial aid. Approximately 13% of families receive some form of financial assistance.

 

Baby and Kiddie Galileo Preschool and Daycare

GROVE STREET: 360 Grove Street, Jersey City NJ 07302 – Phone: 201.798.0343

Serving 0 – 18 months

http://www.galileopreschool.org/

Email: [email protected]

Hours: 7 am – 7 pm, Emergency Services and After Hours Available

The Grove Street location is within walking distance of Grove Street Train Station.

NEWARK AVENUE – 175 Newark Avenue, Jersey City NJ 07302 – Phone: 201.798.0343

Serving 18 months to 13 years

Email: [email protected]

Hours: 7 am – 7 pm, Emergency Services and After Hours Available

Parents may pay weekly or monthly. The prices listed below are based on a five day per week attendance and a full day. For more details, please visit their website and for special circumstances, please contact the director.

0 to 1 years old $300

1 to 2 years old $285

2 to 3 years old $265

3 years and up $245

Teacher Radios meet or exceed the state requirements:

Infants 4:1, Young Toddler 6:1, Preschool Age 8:1

Galileo Preschool and Daycare follows the Behaviorist Model. They believe children learn best in a structured environment where items are carefully presented, and learning is rewarded. They believe self-esteem is developed as children grow, learn, and develop. Baby & Kiddie Galileo proudly serves one of the most organic menus of all the preschools in the area. They serve wholesome and low sugar foods while introducing a variety of tastes and textures.

Gilliard Group Centers 

BABYWORLD: 491 Ocean Avenue Jersey City NJ 07305 – Phone: 201.369.9991

 http://gilliardgroup.com/babyworld/

Hours: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm

English, French, and Spanish are spoken here!

JERSEY CITY DAYCARE 100: 409-415 Halladay Street Jersey City NJ 07302 – Phone: 201.432.7645 

http://gilliardgroup.com/jerseycitydaycare100/

Hours: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm

English and Spanish are spoken here!

PARKSIDE PRESCHOOL: 202  Central Avenue, Jersey City NJ 07307 – Phone: 201.533.0570

http://gilliardgroup.com/parksidepreschool1/

Hours: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm

English, Spanish, Hindi, Spanish, Tagalog, and Arabic is spoken here!

The Gilliard Group Centers provide a safe, healthy and nurturing environment for children ages 6 weeks up to school age with providing an after-school program and summer camp program. They invite the exploration of math, literature, arts, music, and science. The Gilliard Group Centers accepts Urban League, Program For Parents and Other Childcare Subsidies.

Bergen-Lafayette Montessori School

324 Communipaw Avenue, Jersey City NJ 07304 – Phone: 201.706.3403

http://www.bergenlafayettemontessori.com/

Email: [email protected]

Hours: M-F 7:30am-6pm

(street and parking lot parking available, parking lot entrance on Pine Street, two blocks from Liberty State Park Light Rail Station)

Bergen-Lafayette Montessori School is Jersey City’s only dual-language Montessori school. The school is a small tight-knit community, that currently serves children ages 2.5 – 9 years old (Toddler – 3rdgrade) and is in the process of opening an infant room to serve children 6 months – 2.5 for the 2019-2020 school year. The diversity of Jersey City is celebrated at BLMS and the school is proud to serve students who speak 6 different languages in their homes, as well as children from low, moderate, and upper income families and students with special needs. Service-based, experiential learning is at the core of the BLMS curriculum for Lower Elementary students (1st-3rdgrade) and students are frequently out and about in the community as a part of their school day! Lower Elementary students are also exposed to music (piano), dance, and visual art weekly through the school’s robust enrichment program that is infused directly into the school day. Students at all levels experience outdoor play, daily, on the schools brand new playground which was installed in 2017. Class sizes are small, with excellent student to teacher ratios, allowing children to have the individualized attention that is the cornerstone of The Montessori Method. The school also boasts a vibrant community feel and welcomes parent participation. Summer camp and extended day programs are available for children 2.5-6-years-old. Meal options are available to make lunchtime easier for busy parents. Register for an information or schedule a private tour by visiting their website’s information session page or sending them an email to [email protected] 

Charter Schools In Jersey City

Knowledge is power and great educational opportunities are the stepping stones to a child’s future. However, education is not one size fit all. Children have different learning styles and families can be offered a range of school options to help them while they find the right fit for their child. Charter Schools have been offering specialized learning programs and allow families the ability to have choices. We’ve compiled a list of Charter Schools in Jersey City to make your search easier!

The Ethical Community Charter School

95 Broadway, Jersey City, NJ 07306

First on our list of Charter Schools in Jersey City isThe Ethical Community Charter School (TECCS). TECCS opened its doors at in September 2009 with 120 kindergartners and first graders. Since then, the school has added a grade each year, to become a K-8 school in 2016-2017, educating nearly 400 children. Ethics, service, and social justice are the main principles that inform every aspect of school life which makes it a great choice on our list of Charter Schools in Jersey City. Want to visit the school before applying? No problem! Send an email to [email protected] or give them a phone call at 201-984-4151 and book your appointment.

  • Admission: applications here 
  • Student Teacher Ration: 16:1
  • Elementary (K-4th): In the elementary grades, children will learn about ourselves, their families, and their community. Elementary students at TECCS are learning to express themselves as thinkers, writers, mathematicians, and experimenters.
  • Middle School (5th-8th): Using the foundations built in elementary school, middle and upper grades discuss civic responsibility. Students begin to analyze how their actions impact the world.
  • Transportation: Student bus service

BelovED Community Charter School 

508 Grand Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302

The education model at the heart of the BelovEd Community Charter School wraps powerful values and character development protocols, rooted in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s concept of the “Beloved Community making it a perfect addition to our list of Charter Schools in Jersey City. The school believes in helping its students to feel cared about in their environment and growing and learning by the golden rule; due onto others as you want done to you. BelovED opened in 2012 as a K-2 school and has added a grade each year since. Currently BelovED serves K-8, and next year for the first time, will be offering 9th Grade! For more information about applications and the school in general, you can call them at 201-630-4700 or email them!

  • Admission: BelovED is a free public school that provides equal access to ALL students on a space available basis. If you are interested in applying to BelovEd you could apply in multiple ways.
  • Student Teach Ratio: 14:1
  • Transportation: form here. Students who are in 3rd grade or above have the ability to walk home only if their parents have signed a form granting them permission.
  • Extra Curricular: Middle School students have the ability to go out for school spots. 
  • Open House Dates: Here

Golden Door Charter School

The Golden Door Charter School was founded in 1998 as one of Jersey City’s first charter schools. The school strives to create an institution that offers the parents of Jersey City a viable choice for their child’s education. They are dedicated to creating a safe and high quality-learning environment for all of our students which start at Pre-K4 to 8th grade
  • Admission: Here.
  • Student Teacher Ratio: 13:1
  • Chief Academic Officer: Mr. Brian Stiles. Telephone: 201-795-4400 x3425 Email: [email protected]
  • School Calendar: 2018-2019 School Calendar

Soaring Heights Charter School

1 Romar Ave. Jersey City, NJ 07305

Soaring Heights Charter School is a K – 8 elementary school which opened in downtown Jersey City as one of New Jersey’s 13 original charter schools in September, 1997. The mission of Soaring Heights Charter School is to prepare a growing number of students from Kindergarten to 8th grade for a lifetime of learning as productive citizens in the technological age by training them how to communicate and listen effectively, think critically, solve problems, act responsibly, value their accomplishments, and achieve a high level of academic excellence.

  • Admission: You will need to print the document, complete it, and mail it to Soaring Heights at the address provided.
  • Student Teacher Ration: 14:1
  • Transportation: Buses / vans provided for students. For information about public transportation, as well as bus transportation to programs such as the Boys & Girls Club and the Jewish Community Center, please contact the school office at 201-434-4800.
  • Dress Code: Uniform order forms can be requested from the school office.
  • Extra Curricular Activities: STEAM, Tutoring 

Learning Community Charter School

2495 Kennedy Blvd.  Jersey City NJ 07304

Founded by parents, the Learning Community Charter School opened it’s doors for the first time for the 1997-1998 school year, beginning as a small, neighborhood school in downtown Jersey City. LCCS continues to provide an innovative, top-notch education to for kids from PreK – 8th. For more information call them at 201-332-0900.

Jersey City Global Charter School

255 Congress St. Jersey City, NJ 07307 (201) 744-2224

Last but not least on our list of Charter Schools in Jersey City is the Jersey City Global Charter School. The mission of the Jersey City Global Charter School is to provide students with the skills and exploratory experiences that enable them to reach their fullest potential as independent thinkers and innovative problem solvers. Through a rigorous academic core curriculum aligned to the NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards and Core Content Standards JCGCS provides a diversified, comprehensive curriculum that encompasses social and economic entrepreneurship, social justice, equality, ecological sustainability as well peace and harmony between people, we seek to address the unique needs of the students in a changing society.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Education Fair Shows Possibilities for Families

Education Fair In Jersey City by JCFamilies

Now that we’ve officially entered October, we call breathe a sigh of relief that the school started without a hitch. (At least not one that shut us down.) Routines set, at least for now, we can reflect on that pile of papers, folders, and pamphlets we collected at the JCFamilies Education Fair. (SO GLAD I didn’t have to do all that research on my own.) But first – the magic.

Education Fair In Jersey City I hadn’t seen a magician since I was a kid, so when I saw the line up, I invited the neighbor’s kid to join me and my two. (He likes witches; I figured this was up his alley. It was.) To say that they (boys, ages 3 & 4) were mesmerized would be inaccurate; mesmerized is quiet. In fact, my crew was so excited that their little bodies looked like popping corn or tiny fireworks. None of the kids could sit still. Their animated sense of delight put me into that rare mental space that boasts “See? This is why people have kids.” Suffice it to say that hiring a magician for an event, or better – sending kids to magic school – is now on my list.

Education Fair In Jersey City I did know before I arrived that lots of schools (public, private, charter, and early learning centers) would be represented, but I was shocked to see how many educational services and resources were also in attendance. We talked to summer camp directors who showed us photos of happy swimmers and informed us about busing options. We galloped on imaginary horses with the chess school and shook hands with math and science program representatives. We high-fived a penguin and took a selfie with Pete the Cat. My entire crew had a turn with the lacrosse sticks (I’m sure there’s a term for what they were doing) and they got Halloween stickers from Hudson County Community College. I took home folders about savings accounts for kids. I was glad I brought a bag – I picked up lots of information from of different people.

Education Fair In Jersey City Of course we had to go to the playground before we left (even though one or more of my crew was getting nap-time cranky) because Hamilton Park is awesome, so I sat on the rock wall while the kids ran around. I watched the fair buzz with, I dunno, thousands? of families strolling from table to table, casually collecting options for their kids who are lucky enough to live in what must be the greatest city in the whole of America. It was amazing to watch.

Education Fair In Jersey City And then I saw the JCFamilies table, where the team was handing out paper copies of their fresh-off-the-press Education Guide. I couldn’t hold back the hug – my kids were happy. I also felt empowered. The Education Fair was a real awakening to the exceptional amount of options that exist for our kids so close to home. Options that never would have occurred to me. Like lacrosse. Magic.

Check the list of Schools, Daycares and Activity Centers that participated:

PUBLIC

Recreation Department

Early Childhood Department

PRIVATE SCHOOLS

Hamilton Park Montessori School

Waterfront Montessori

All Saints Episcopal Day School

World of ABC, The Waldo School

Hudson Montessori School

The Embankment School

Viaquenti Academy

Garden Preschool Cooperative

Apple Montessori Schools

Learning Ladders

Bergen-Lafayette Montessori School

Three little birds

First Christian Pentecostal Academy and First Christian High School

The Brunswick School

French American Academy

TESSA

DAYCARES

Bright Horizons at Plaza 3 Waterfront

Smart Start Academy

Key Element Learning

Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park

Adventures in Learning Day Care

The Nurturing Place Development Center

Liberty Montessori

Earlybegining 

 

CHARTER SCHOOLS

Empowerment Academy

The Ethical Community Charter School

BelovED Community Charter School

M.E.T.S. Charter School

String Charter School

 

ACTIVITY CENTERS

Mad Science of Union and Hudson

Garden Street School of the Performing Arts

Next Step Broadway

Curious Kids

Fastrack-Languages

Sylvan Learning

Joys In Teaching Tutoring, LLC

Mathnasium of Jersey City

Nimbus Dance Works

Bambino Chef

CKO KICKBOXING

NJ SEEDS

MathWizard of Hoboken

AlphaMinds Academy

Steam Works Studio

Empire United Fencing

Hudson Play

Performing Arts Workshop

SUMMER CAMPS

Camp Riverband

LakeView Day Camp

 

 

5 tips on How to evaluate a school

Google it. 

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We live in the age of the internet. Any time you sign your kid up for anything all, you should be first looking on the internet for clues about the school’s reputation. Do they have a website? If they do, check it out – what’s on it? Does it look professional?

If the website is the window to the program, how are they presenting themselves to the world? If they don’t have a website, does that tell you something about the way they choose to communicate? Take it all in.

Ask the moms. 

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Being in contact with other moms is essential to our survival as a species – and I mean that both in the jokey way but also in an I’m-not- kidding-at- all way. None of us can do this on our own. Ask other moms (online or in person) what experiences they’ve had at this school, or that daycare, or with program you’re interested in. Ask for suggestions.

Pass by the school.

Walk, bike, or drive by the school. Do this in the morning, when people are going in.

Do it during the day, do it at pick up time. Notice what’s happening. Is there chaos? Trust your gut – do these adults look like they know what they’re doing? Would you be comfortable letting your kid loose here?

Tour the school.

Find a time when you can go to the school to tour it. When you’re touring, observe not just with your eyes, but with your instincts too. Hone in – remember your gut. Visually you’re looking for cleanliness, happy and engaged children, organization of toys and equipment, multiple adults paying attention to and/or moving around with children.

BE FLEXIBLE.

Allow yourself to be impressed or disappointed – especially if your expectation was to be impressed or disappointed. Remember that no school has rainbows shooting out of its roof, so don’t set your expectations impossibly high. On the flip side, if you feel uncomfortable with a place (even if everyone else says its wonderful) don’t choose that place. And if you do choose the wrong place, allow yourself the flexibility to switch.

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