Apple Montessori Schools in Hoboken

Apple Montessori Schools in Hoboken

Apple Montessori Schools in Hoboken


Apple Montessori Schools, with 12 locations in north and central New Jersey, focus on nurturing the “whole child” – intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically and ethically. The schools emphasize individual student learning while cultivating personal creativity and self-confidence. Apple Montessori Schools offer various programs depending on the student’s age and the parents’ desire for the form of both academic and personal goals they would like for their child to accomplish.

To learn more about the school’s philosophy and mission, click here:

Apple Montessori School Programs in Hoboken.

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  • 1055 Maxwell Ln, Hoboken, NJ 07030
  • 221 River Street, Hoboken – Opening on 1/1/2016

The programs in Apple Montessori Schools Hoboken include infant, toddler, preschool, kindergarten, enrichment programs, and daycare/after school programs. The school in Hoboken is open from 7:00 am to 7:00 Monday-Friday.


For children from the ages of six weeks old to 1 and a half years old, this program’s schedule is entirely catered to the child and his/her “natural timetable” and habits. The ratio for child to adult is four to one or less with one caregiver assigned to each child. The role of this caregiver is to monitor the student’s behavior and to record and communicate accomplishments, concerns, and areas of potential growth to the child’s parents.

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This program includes fun and enriching activities such as baby yoga, food tasting, music, and sign language. A separate nap room is also provided and children may nap when desired.

For more information on the general infant program, go here:


This program caters to children from the ages of 18 months to 2 years. The curriculum is centered around encouraging individual curiosity and character development such as kindness. Teachers do various activities with the children including the development of gross motor skills.

The toddler program has both part-time and full-day options. It is worth noting that various meal options are provided since children at this age can be very picky eaters.

For even more information on the general toddler program at Apple Montessori Schools, click here:


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This program for 2-5 year olds provides a strong reading, math, and writing curriculum. The materials used appeal to all different learning styles. The curriculum also includes music, art, character development, computers, and Spanish. Moreover, practical life skills are also taught in this program. These practical life skills include cleaning, pouring liquid, buttoning, tying shoes, and other skills needed for children at this age.
For more information on the general Pre-K and Kindergarten program, go here:


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The Hoboken location of Apple Montessori Schools offers a engaging, educational and fun daycare and extra curricular programs from 7:00 am to 8:15 am, and 3:45 pm to 7:00 pm.


Enrichment education for children between the ages of 2-6 years. This program focuses on the brain development, self-confidence, creativity, and intellectual abilities of each child. The curriculum fosters communication, collaboration, and critical thinking skills. Apple Montessori Schools claim that the “FasTracKids program increases vocabulary as well as social behavior 100% – 150% faster than peers, while school performance improves 1-2 grades” (

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Always looking for new ways to keep your kids entertained during the summer? Want them to do something besides sitting in front of the TV all day long? Apple Montessori at the Hoboken location offers a summer camp program which includes providing the children with fun, healthy, and educational activities such as arts and crafts, field trips, swimming lessons, music, dance, drama, science/nature programs and lessons, cooking lessons, camp clubs, karate lessons, and technology.

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For more information on the Apple Montessori Schools summer program, go here:…

Reviews on Apple Montessori Schools

“Our son has attended Apple Montessori School since he was 18 months old and is now 3 years old. When we listen to what he has to say every day, it is easy to see all that he is learning – and it’s much more than just how to read, write and do math! We have seen that Apple Montessori has helped him to develop as a whole person including development of his independence, focus, self-control, and independent thinking.”~Marc & Caren Murren

There are many testimonials written by teachers and parents alike such as the one above. To view more of these testimonials, click here:

Online Google Reviews rate Apple Montessori in the Hoboken Location as a 4.5 out of 5.0. Most of the reviews, which were posted by parents of student who attended this school, were positive with the exception of a couple critical reviews.

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Google+ User: Huizen66 “My child is super happy and cries to go to school she is having a great time and the staff is so caring. I feel Very comfortable recommending this school to anyone.”

For more reviews of Apple Montessori School in Hoboken, click here.

I found this interesting news article on Apple Montessori School in Hoboken by the Hudson Reporter, a local New Jersey newspaper: The article interviews some of the teachers and caregivers at the school while detailing the history and origin of the Apple Montessori schools. The story provides a colorful, first-hand account of the school and its daily life.

So, if this schools’ individual, creative, and practical hands on approach to learning appeals to you, head on over to Apple Montessori Schools Website:  You can request more information, sign up, register your child, contact the school, and ask for a tour!

This is the link to the Hoboken Location of Apple Montessori:

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Smart Start Academy: Affordable high quality Education in Jersey City

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Smart Start Academy in Jersey City: As parents, we make many easy and tough decisions for our children. One of the more challenging ones is to decide whether your baby should go to a daycare or whether she’s ready for preschool. Too many questions arise – about Schedule, meals, activities, curriculum, and the most important is how do you feel about the people who is going to take care of your child.

As a first time mom and an immigrant I was so afraid of taking the wrong decision regarding to her school, everything was new to me. Luckily I stayed at home with my daughter for 2 years. But then came the time when she needed to meet and share with other kids and also she needed an avenue to assuage her curiosity. She needed to go to school and I needed to go back to work. Since my job has a flexible schedule, I wanted a school where she didn’t have to go every day. After all I could and wanted to keep sharing more moments with her.

By the month of march I decided to find an school for her. It wasn’t an easy task since we have so many schools in the town, all amazing but most of them have an everyday schedule. It was then by coincidence, I saw Smart Start Academy. I knocked the door and they opened with a big smile, immediately they offered me a tour, the school was so beautiful and they gave me all the details about curriculum, philosophy, schedule, activities, menu and I really loved it. They have flexible schedules as 2 days a week, 3 days a week, backup care program, after school daycare program and the everyday schedule. They got me that day and the same week I enrolled my daughter at Smart Start Academy.

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Learn everything you need to know about Smart Start Academy here with my insight as a parent and also with answers we obtained directly from the owners.

Smart Start Academy currently has 3 locations:

Smart Start Academy Early Childhood Development Center 552 9th Street, Hoboken

Smart Start Academy Nursery and Preschool 180 Newark Avenue, Jersey City

Smart Start Academy Learning Center 462 Central Avenue, Jersey City

Cesia Acosta, one of the owners of the Smart Start Academy, told us about their beginnings and growth: “We opened early months of 2011, we began with 6 or 7 families and now we have 150 families a year. It is a big jump in a very short amount of time and I think is really because of the passion that we’ve shown to our families as far as caring for their children, making sure that their well-being is number one in priority for us. Teaching them, giving them a quality and affordable education”.

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What are the age ranges of children that your programs are geared toward?

The age ranges are from 6 weeks old to 5 years old and also they have an After school program for 6 to 9 years old at JC Heights Location. This program offers: Homework Assistance, Free Choice – games and group activities, Creative Arts – cooking, crafts, and hobbies, Media Club – computers, games, books and Summer Camp

What is the SSA care and teaching philosophy?

“Our mission is to create a nurturing, safe and respectful environment for our students, parents and teachers. We strive to create an exceptional learning experience for the whole child, cognitively, socially, emotionally, physically, and creatively.”

What is your approach to selecting teachers and staff?

“Passion for teaching is our number one and also we make sure that they have experience with different different age groups”

Why should parents enroll their kids at SSA? What differentiates SSA from other programs in the area special?

When I go and drop my daughter, during meetings and when I pick her up, the staff is always happy and smiling. My Daughter is shy and of course, as most of the kids, cried when she started. I was naturally worried about her adaptation to the school and not being with her all the time. The teachers always made feel like they have it under control, at the end of the day they made sure to tell me everything about her and they were so detailed that I felt safe as she was taking care by a family member. Now, my daughter is fully adapted, doesn’t stop talking about her friends and teachers and she is excited about going to school.

Miss Acosta told us why we should enrol our kids at SSA: “It is Quality education in an affordable price.Teachers of the school personally care about the kids. We became family with our families. We truly do want to know everything about our kids. It is genuine. We treated more as a family affair and we emotionally connect with our families. This is so important when you are caring for children as such a young age. They are so innocent, they are so pure and all they want is to learn, explore and have fun”.

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Features to highlight:


Don’t I have to cook? I’m in.

“We offer a variety of different meals. Each meal have the right proportions (carbs, proteins, veggies and fruits), we have the kids taste different kinds of food and we make sure they are organic-natural food. In our schools We have a chef who prepare the meals and we get the fresh ingredients from the supermarket as early is possible. The meals are included in the fees, our school is all inclusive” Told us Karlos Magner, also owner of SSA.

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Assist with the Potty training: I’m just in this moment and she is doing great. “ We see the child signs of readiness and we start working on it and advice to the parents to follow the same process as we do so the potty training could be successful”. Cesia explained.

Foreign language exposure: We are a bilingual family and for us it was really important that her school was bilingual as well. Not only my daughter is speaking both but also is learning Sign language. It was a surprise for me when one day I went to pick her up and they were singing and doing the signs. Cesia told us a little bit more about it: “We have such a diverse group and it is so much fun. we all learn different phrases all the time. We teach sign language and spanish and If teachers come with a different language we encourage them to incorporate it in the lessons”.

Daily sheet App: Anxiety the first weeks of school? I was all anxiety since my daughter is 2 years old and It was new to us leaving her with someone else. SSA share this App with us where we can follow up our daughter’s day. Teachers upload pictures of what they are doing, every time they change a diaper, every time she drinks and eats. My husband and I were so glad with this feature and definitely helps a lot with the anxiety. At the end of the day we also receive a summary by email with the pictures attached. This would be a great memory because you can print them up and make albums of her first years in school.

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Student-to-teacher ratios for each age group: Infant 3:1, toddlers 4:1 and older kids 5:1

Tuition: Please check tuition fees here:


Process: Parents should call the specific school you want to enrol your child, Schedule a tour ,take the tour, start the application process, fill some forms and pay $125 one time application fee.

Uniforms: The uniforms has been so practical to me and also they have helped my daughter to understand when she is going to school since she is not in the everyday program. Karlos Magner: “The uniforms have been such a success. The kids show more confident, It helps to low the anxiety, the kids feel part of something, they are part of the team. You have the feeling that you belong to something and that We are all the same”.

Sports and activities:

Cesia Acosta: “Physical activities are so important to us and depending on the school we take them once a day to the park. We have a backyard in the schools where they can play everyday and some days we take them to the park near in the neighborhood. We also have an Indoor gym at Hoboken Location, and during winter or rain days we have zumba, yoga, dance, music class with Rockasorri, we teach them how to kick the ball around, basketball court, etc”

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More information, please check:

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Open House Dates : Schools & Day Cares



– Open House: Wednesday, Dec 2nd from 6:30 pm to 8pm

– Student Classroom Audit: Saturday, Dec 5th from 9:30 am to 11am

Prospective Students Ages 2.5 years – Kindergarten are Welcome to Attend

– January 4th, New Classrooms Openings – Infant – Yong Toddler Spots will

become available

The Brunswick School

371 Seventh Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 420-1550

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Open House : Smart Start Academy
Open House:: Dec 13 462 Central ave Jersey City location from 1pm- 3pm
3 Locations: Jersey City & Hoboken


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Fall Tours and Open House dates:

Tuesday Tours, beginning at 8:45 AM:
November 17
Visits are conducted during the school day to provide an opportunity for prospective families to see the school in action. There will be a brief presentation by the Head of School, a school tour, and a glance at our Spirituality assembly.
 This event is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of All Saints Episcopal Day School. The Head of School will give a presentation at the Lower School Campus at 527 Clinton Street starting at 10:00 AM, followed by a self-guided tour of both campuses. Parents, teachers and students will be available to answer questions.

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Open House :Corlears School
Visitors can book a free ticket for a tour spot on eventbrite via.
Corlears School is an independent school, our integrated curriculum focused on the education of children 2-10. Corlears is filled with energy and the sounds of joyful students who are engaged and curious about the community they live in and the world around them. They are compassionate and creative, eager to take on new challenges and to pursue new paths to finding solutions.


Tessa International School

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Tessa International School welcomes children from preschool to kindergarten.
Your children will receive a world-class education based on the most successful
international models, enabling them to thrive in the increasingly global 21st
Our curriculum includes French or Spanish immersion tracks, delivered by
experienced and caring educators who consider the whole child.
Meet the Head of School and learn more about Tessa’s curriculum and
admissions process, by signing up* for one of our upcoming Open Housesessions:• Thursday, December 10th, from 6pm to 7:30pm
• Saturday, December 19th, from 9:30am to 11am*Sign up online, by email at[email protected], or by phone at 201-755-5585.Tessa International School is conveniently located in the heart of Hoboken, in the
Monroe Center: 720 Monroe Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030. Open House
informational sessions are held in our office, Suite 315

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Open House: Hudson Montessori School

Hudson Montessori School, located in downtown Jersey City, serves children from Toddler to Elementary.  Please join us for our Open House on Saturday, December 12th, from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM to learn about our programs, our staff and for a tour of our facilities.

Please visit our website for information on our school.

The French American Academy

Open House: Dec 12th at 10am & Jan 28th at 8:30am

209 Third Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302


Saint Dominic Academy

Open House: Feb 23rd from 6pm to 8pm – Grades 7and 8

2572 John F Kennedy Blvd W, Jersey City, NJ, 07304


Hamilton Park Montessori

Open House: Dec 3rd & Jan 13th from 9am to 10am



Waterfront Montessori

Open House: Jan 13th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm


Embankment School

Open Houses:

– Wed, Dec 9th at 9am

– Thu, Jan14th at 9m

Information Session:

– Sat, Dec12th at 9am


Stevens Cooperative School – Newport Campus

Open Houses: Sat, Dec 12th at 10am

Information Session: Tue, Dec 15th at 8:45 am

Please RSVP to [email protected]


United Synagogue of Hoboken / Kaplan Cooperative Preschool

Open House: Jan 10th from 10am to 12pm

115 Park Avenue, Hoboken , NJ, 07030


Learning Ladders

Open Houses:

Sat, 12 Dec @ 10am-12pm

Sat, 9 Jan @ 10am-12pm

Fri, 22 Jan @ 6-7:30pm

Sat, 6 Feb @ 10am-12pm

Fri, 19 Feb @ 6-7:30pm

33 Hudson Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – (201) 918-6643

Viaquenti Academy has a new location!

When we knew about the Viaquenti Academy’s new location we were so glad since, as you may have noticed, there are moms and strollers everywhere in the city. An easily accessible preschool is always welcome in a neighborhood with lots of families with little ones.

Viaquenti Academy’s new location is perfect for the young families of Jersey City and Hoboken since it is located within a walking distance from the 2nd Street Light Rail Station in Hoboken.


Located at the Cast Iron lofts, a factory that has been reborn as a beautiful high rise residence, this new location has very wide spaces, halls and classrooms and thanks to its large windows, students can enjoy vast amounts of light all day long.

Now at summer time, the school is quiet but you can still feel a warm atmosphere as you walk in the hallways with walls decorated by the pieces of art made last year by the little students.


Apart from an outside open space, kids also have access to a special room with a little Gym where they can climb, jump, dance and enjoy other fun activities with special guests that Viaquenti arranges for regularly.

About Viaquenti Academy:

Viaquenti Academy offers Infant, Early Preschool, Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, and 2nd Grade programs which address the child as a whole supporting his and her social, emotional, cognitive, and creative growth. They encourage children to socialize, share, make friends, interact cooperatively, gain independence and self-control and reach their full potential. They also help students create a real sense of multiculturalism through the acquisition of languages and cultures other than their own, allowing them to easily reach an understanding and appreciation of others. Their goal is to develop compassionate and knowledgeable individuals with different interests who share the world through respect and cooperation with each other.

Viaquenti Academy offers Summer camp in addition to their Academic Year, both camp and the school year offer Bilingual morning programs where English and Spanish speaking teachers works side by side to create and teach lessons in both languages, and Spanish Immersion After School programs. Each class will have at least one bilingual teacher, of which many are native speakers, who aim to make learning the languages fun and rewarding in a supportive environment.

Viaquenti Academy of Jersey City is a candidate school* for the Primary Years Programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Viaquenti Academy of Jersey City believes is important for our students.

*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme (and in addition the IB Career-related Programme). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit

Please visit their website for more information: and don’t hesitate to make an appointment for touring the school at Soho West at this e-mail: [email protected]


Stevens Cooperative School in Hoboken

 Stevens Cooperative School in Hoboken

Stevens Cooperative School in Hoboken

A school dedicated to a curriculum surrounding the individual student while cultivating responsibility, cooperation, communication, and creativity among their learners, Stevens Cooperative is a vehicle of success for their students. 

Mission Statement

“We imagine a world with well-informed, engaged citizens who are motivated to make a difference. In partnership with our diverse faculty, staff, families and the greater community, Stevens Cooperative School students explore, question and communicate in ways that will inspire and shape the future.”


Hoboken Campus

301 Garden Street, Hoboken

1st – 8th grade, Hoboken Main Office

339 River Street, Hoboken

3s, PreK, Kindergarten

301 Bloomfield Street, Hoboken

2s, Technology and Science Lab

Newport Campus

100 River Drive, Jersey City

Kindergarten – 8th  grade



Enrolling students from 2 yrs of age to the 8th grade, you will be sure to find a diverse community of learners at Stevens! Stevens Cooperative school encompasses leadership, culture, hands on learning, inquiry, research, and intellectual dedication within its curriculum. For instance, the experiential learning program lets students from the 3rd grade through 9th grade go on overnight or week long trips to Boston, camping, or Washington DC. For more information on the experiential learning program, click here;

One experiential learning program emphasizes the school’s emphasis on cultural intellect. This program is called the “Mexican Exchange Program” and is for 8th graders only.  For 8-10 days, students from a bilingual school in Mexico City come to Stevens Cooperative school to study while Stevens Cooperative School 8th graders have the opportunity to go to Mexico City, study in a foreign student exchange program, and live with a host family all while experiencing and learning about a different culture!

In preparation for high school, Middle School students and their parents are assisted by the school in applying to high schools and prepped for high school placement tests. For more information on the high school test prep, click here:

“Our program of study is designed to challenge our students as well as stimulate curiosity, inquiry and rigor of thought. Our students are the focal point of the learning process and build academic competencies through a robust array of course offerings.”

For detailed information on courses and class syllabi, go here:

The school provides afterschool and morning programs such as study groups, tutoring, homework help, childcare, enrichment courses, and “special classes.” For more details click here:

Exercise and a healthy lifestyle is important for young kids! It helps them release stress, obtain energy, and stay fit. Stevens Cooperative school has a structured recess and physical education program: “Activities include many cooperative games, obstacle courses, jogging, running and ball-handling and team skills in basketball , volleyball and soccer.”


Does this school pique your interest? If so, click here to find more information or to apply:

Stevens Cooperative School is the place to send your child if you are looking for a learning community that emphasizes leadership, cooperation, and cultural intellect. What do you think about this school? Sound off in the comments section below!

Early Beginnings Day School: A Head Start On Education

If you’re looking for a  program designed to prepare your little ones for their future academic careers, Early Beginnings Day School is for you. Early Beginnings Day School helps assist their students in beginning to comprehend the learning process and their role in the classroom. The school is committed to helping each student develop and progress cognitively, emotionally, socially, intellectually, and physically.

Contact Information

338 Grove Street

Jersey City, NJ 07302

Tel. 201.918.5623

Fax. 201.918.5693




8:30am – 2:30pm


2:30pm – 5pm

Before Care:

7:00am – 8:30am

After Care:

2:30pm – 6pm


Programs are split into three groups:

 Tiny Tots

 For children between the ages of 12-24 months.




For 2 year old students.




For three year old children



Social Development


Social development curriculum at Early Beginnings includes instilling self direction, confidence, and the ability to express feelings in all students. Group work, positive interactions, sharing, collaboration, manners, etiquette, and play will be emphasized.


For more information on the social development curriculum at Early Beginnings, click here:


Visual and Performing Arts

 Art, Dance, Theatre, and Music are included in the Creative Arts program at Early Beginnings. Developing students visual and creative sense and abilities at an early age is essential to their development. That’s why Early Beginnings gives its students opportunities to role play, tell stories, sing songs, play instruments, dance, and make art projects.


Health, Safety, and Physical Education

Teaching children at a young age the importance of exercise and safety makes way for them to practice healthy habits in the future. The Health and physical education curriculum includes hygiene, exercise, fitness, nutrition/health food choices. and the development of gross motor skills.


Language Arts and Literacy

 Language usage, speech, reading, and writing are some of the subjects included in the language arts and literacy curriculum. Phonics and reading comprehension is stressed in developing student’s speech and reading skills.



Numerical values, counting the amount of things, and discerning the shape of objects are just some of the activities that students will complete when learning math at Early Beginnings! Patterns, drawing graphs, and classifying objects help to develop students’ number sense and prepare them for Kindergarten math.



 Students at this age have a keen sense of curiosity and wild imaginations which contributes to their desire to learn about the physical world and their surrounding environment. The science curriculum will allow students to explore and observe plants, living things, and animals. Students will also study rocks, water, soil, and the weather.




  • Children will display curiosity about science objects, materials, activities, and longer-term investigations in progress.

  • Children will observe questions, predict, and investigate materials, objects and phenomena during classroom activities indoors and outdoors during any long-term investigations in progress.

  • Children will use basic science terms(e.g., observe, predict, experiment)” (


Social Studies and Life Skills

Students under this subject will understand the different features of a community and neighborhood while also learning about the roles of community workers such as police officers or crossing guards. Students will also learn how to collaborate with each other, complete tasks and duties such as organizing objects, tidying up, and cleaning, and will follow classroom routines which will help develop their understanding of rules..


In today’s technology-driven world, students’ understanding of computers is important. Under the technology subject, students will learn how to use the mouse, turn smart toys ‘on” or “off, and will play  age appropriate computer games.

For more information about Early Beginnings Day School, visit their website at

Early Beginnings is unique in its individual based approach to education and application of real world skills to student learning. So, does this school pique your interest? If you’re looking for your child to have a head start in their education, Early Beginnings sounds like a an environment in which learning, the real world, and play are all integrated seamlessly. 


The Brunswick School :Early Childhood Center In Jersey City

The Brunswick School A New Early Childhood Center  In Jersey City

A new school in Jersey City that focuses extensively on early childhood development and the uniqueness of individual learners. Opening this year, The Brunswick School provides an active learning curriculum, instilled in the arts theme, for students between the ages of 6 months to 6 years.The Brunswick School Early Childhood Center In Jersey City


189 Brunswick St, Jersey City, NJ 07302
(201) 420-1550
Open M-F 7am – 7pm

Mission of The Brunswick School

The academic mission of the school is based on educational theorists such as Lev Vygotsky and Erik Erikson who focus on the social and emotional development of children during their early years. Their theories are adopted by the Brunswick’s School curriculum by implement learning with play activities and fostering strong teacher and student relationships.  Likewise, the cognitive development theories of Jean Piaget focus on assigning activities to the appropriate grade and age level.



Activities at the infant program (6 months-18 months) are used to teach children things like color recognition and sing-alongs which enhance artisitc expression and language development. Socialization and movement are also stressed during the infant program.

Young Toddlers (19 months-2.5 years

The Young Toddlers programs is designed to achieve preparation for the beginning of students’ academic lives. basic letters and numbers are taught. Young Toddlers will be learning subjects such as literacy, mathematics, color/shape recognition and use of fine and gross motor skills “to begin on the journey of independent eating and eventually, doodling/writing.”

Older Toddlers

The Brunswick School Early Childhood Center In Jersey CityCreated for two and a half and three year olds, the Older Toddlers program helps to instill further independence in students while fostering the transition to a more structured and academically advanced learning environment. The classroom is divided into areas labeled for play or learning content. Curriculum includes small group learning play, solving basic math problems, and artistic knowledge. “At this stage, language acquisition will include the understanding of the purpose of printed materials. Toddlers will engage in activities guiding them to produce written pictures and letters with the purpose of communication.”


Participatory learning is focused on during the preschool program which is for 3 and 4 yr old children who are completely potty-trained. The curriculum includes literacy and communication skills, number sense, problem solving, movement, music, and creative arts Independence, self help skills, and curiosity are fostered during this stage. Moreover, “classroom activities will be based on visual art themes. Students at this stage will begin focusing on colors, different visual art mediums, as well as dance and dramatic play.”


For 4 and 5 yr old children, the Pre-Kindergarten program at Brunswick  is perfect to prepare them for elementary school. Math, literacy, reading and writing, and communication are especially focused throughout the pre-kindergarten program. Aspects of the writing curriculum, for instance, include phonemic skills and fine motor development. Problem solving, emotional, social, and physical growth are also stressed upon within the curriculum throughout the pre kindergarten program. Moreover, “like their toddler and preschool education, creativity will largely be incorporated into each lesson plan at an even higher level in Pre-Kindergarten now including speech, live performances, independent artistic expression and free-dance.”


For 5 and 6 yr old bundles of energy, the Kindergarten program at Brunswick will prepare them for the first grade. The learning process and product oriented curriculum includes students documenting their own growth and progress (teachers of course will be submitting professional documents of  individual students’ progress). The Kindergarten curriculum includes Science, Social Studies, Math, Technology, Literacy, and Writing. “At the Kindergarten level, teachers will create a structured environment in which students share responsibility for keeping the classroom neat and orderly, know how to get and use materials properly, and function with increasing levels of independence”

Interested in learning more? Contact the school for more information here:

The school is having an Open House where you can get a tour of school, meet the staff, and learn more about the curriculum and instruction:

To sign up for the Open House event, click here:

The Brunswick school is hiring. To view job descriptions and apply for positions, click here:

To view updates and more information about the Brunswick School, “like” and “follow” their facebook and twitter pages:

So what is your opinion on the school? Do you have little ones in need of a day care, early education program, or kindergarten? It is interesting how the school’s curriculum is instilled in a visual arts theme, no matter the content, since students at this young age learn more quickly through visual expression. 

The Brunswick School: A New Early Childhood Center  In Jersey City


Viaquenti Academy: The Village : Preschool in Jersey City

Viaquenti Preschool Academy 

Viaquenti Academy Preschool in Jersey City


Viaquenti Preschool

285 Newark Ave,

Jersey City, NJ 07302




Located in Jersey City, Viaquenti Preschool is a school in which the curriculum is geared using the Multiple Intelligences theory. Teachers gear projects according to the skills and interests of students. Moreover, teachers observe and produce assignments to develop potential talents and interests in students.


The mission of the school is described here:


Below, the goals for Viaquenti’s students is taken directly from the website.


“Goals for Our Students

  • Children will explore their abilities, skills, and talents by having enrichment opportunities in various domains.

  • Children will enhance their cognitive skills and will make use of them to create meaningful products and solve every-day problems.

  • Children will become competent in managing their bodies and acquire basic gross and fine motor skills.

  • Children will be capable of finding the best solutions to solve hypothesis and assumptions that arise from their own interest.

  • Children will learn the value of being part of a community and will develop an inner motivation to contribute to its progress.”



The staff includes diverse cultural and academic backgrounds. Teachers at Viaquenti are trained observers, engaged listeners, and detailed researchers. They observe, research, educate themselves, and report on their findings in the classroom and on their students in order to facilitate a consistently improved learning environment.


For more information on the staff and individual teachers, click here:



 The school has various academic, enrichment, and after school programs available. The academic programs are divided between Early Preschool, Preschool, and Pre-Kindergarten.


      Early Preschool:

      Early preschool is geared for students between the ages 1½ to 2 years old. The program focuses on the child’s curiosity during this age. Teachers provide activities to help students develop their motor skills and language skills. This includes activities such as finger painting, playing ball, and asking the “why” and “how” questions about the world around them.


Here is the link detailing the daily class schedule for early preschool students:


For more information on the Early Preschool program, click here:



 A program for children aged 2-3½, the Preschool at Viaquenti supports the cognitive, social, emotional, and intellectual growth of students at this age. Language, Arts, and Physical Education are the main components of the curriculum at this program. Through specific activities and projects, students develop verbal, visual, linguistic, and observational skills.


For more information on the Preschool program, click here:



      For students between the ages of 3-5 years, the Pre-Kindergarten program helps to prepare students for kindergarten. Students develop collaboration and creative skills. Throughout the day, students do fun activities and assignments that include Math, Science, Literacy, Music, and Visual Arts. Teachers create development plans for individual students based on their observed learning styles and hobbies.


Here is a daily schedule for Pre-Kindergarten students:


     Additional Programs:

     Viaquenti also provides an after school program from 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM. The after school program includes classes geared toward students’ hobbies. Classes cater to the linguistic, spatial, kinesthetic, musical, and visual intelligences and interests of students. Below are some after school classes that students can participate in. This was taken directly from the school’s website:

 “Circle/Story Time:During this time children will discuss the plans for the day and go over any topics involved in our activities. This is also a time when we can either have a teacher read a story or have the children participate in Creative Thinking by creating their own stories on our felt board.

Physical Health: Time to stretch! Before the children sit to do their work they will have time to stretch out and exercise together. We will discuss the importance of keeping our bodies fit and healthy. Music- Children will play music instruments, practice and learn new songs, and even show off their dance moves.

Mathematics/Literacy: Children will split into groups according to skill level to work on either Math or Literacy depending on the day.

Art: The class will get the chance to work with many different art materials. We will be working on our own creative expression as well as learning about some well-known artists. The children will be looking at various art pieces for their own enjoyment and to attempt to recreate them!

Science: During science we will be going over many different topics and performing fun science experiments to supplement our learning!”


To view schedules of the after school program, click here:


To view the daily schedule of the Early Preschool after school program, click here:


The school also provides a Summer Camp program. It offers half, full, and extended day programs for children ages 1 ½ to 6. The program includes age appropriate classes and activities. Children in the summer camp program go on field trips and take special classes such as soccer, music, cooking, and Spanish. Students will also be able to enjoy themselves on the school’s outside playground.


For more information on Viaquenti’s additional programs, click here:



For information on how to apply and register for admission, click here:


To learn more about the school and schedule a visit or tour, click here:



The school is a bit expensive, with tuition at $10,800 for Early Preschool students. For full day, Early Preschool students, the tuition is $13,050. For extended day (which includes after school programs), Early Preschool students, the tuition is $14,850. For more information on tuition costs of other programs, click here:




A Yahoo Local User (12/02/2011):

“Our daughter has been attending Viaquenti for a yr now. Everything about this school reflects excellence. The teachers, the education, students, security, cleanliness, etc. This is the 3rd child we have sent to preschool and this is our best experience by far! The teachers are educated, caring, and motivated. I can check up on my child at anytime and always walk into class and witness and educational activity taking place. My child is 3 and can recognize and spell mom, dad, go, no and other words. She can count in Spanish and English, knows about volcanoes, and can name all the planets. I could go on and on, but rest assured that if you entrust your child to the Viaquenti Preschool, you are leaving your most precious gift in very capable hands.” (

I was unable to find more reviews on Viaquenti Academy as it seems that this school is fairly new. Here is a link to some useful information on class size, teacher to student ratio, and some staff specialists:

So, does this sound like a school you would like to send your kids to? Tell me in the comments below! I feel like the extended day program is great for working parents with very young children!

Viaquenti Academy Preschool in Jersey City

Asking the Right Questions to find the Right School/Daycare Fit for your Families Needs

Its spring and school will be over for our current students and vacation time will begin. However the journey to finding and researching schools/daycares that fit your needs are upon  us as parents. This is the perfect time of year to visit local schools and daycares in order to get an idea of what their learning environment is really about. Some schools/daycares may start Open Houses in order to recruit for the upcoming school year. Either way as a parent or guardian, you need to be prepared to ask the right questions is essential for your journey.

As an educator for 13 years in  NJ and as a parent of three children (two boys and a baby girl) I am very particular in my choices of schools.There has always been a set of questions I would look forward  to being asked from parents when I did the Open House at school and questions I would ask teachers whenever my sons were ready to attend a new school. It was always important for me to identify what my and my children’s needs were from a school before I could identify what they could do for me. So in the spirit of new beginnings and figuring out what would work best for you, I have listed my top questions to ask your School/Childcare Provider when choosing a new school for you and your child.

What is the look and feel of the school? For me original artwork and socially aware work along the walls helps me to see what students are learning. When I see more kids work opposed to teacher created items, I can tell that a school is invested in seeing their children succeed. Children take pride in their work and schools do to when I see student work decorating the walls.

Does the school have a particular philosophy or educational approach?  Understanding a schools philosophy will help you identify if their approach to learning is similar to your child’s learning style. As a special educator I am often curious to how a school addresses the needs of special needs and at-risk students. This is key for a parent who has noticed they have a child with significant delays with learning and development. I also look for a school that has mastered the art of differentiated instruction because all children learn at different paces and are individuals. Does the school focus on student learning or teaching toward the standardized tests?

How large are the classes? Class sizes in public schools are mandated by state standards, and they will vary from state to state. What is the average class size? Studies haves shown that younger children learn best in smaller environments, but most public schools have far more students. So if the class is large, what is the teachers class management style? Does each class have an aide?  Do students get individualized assignments and unique attention?

What’s the learning environment like?  What role does reading and math play in the day to day learning? Is the environment conducive to learning with hands-on activities or not? Are small groups utilized throughout the day or do students work individually. How does the teacher reach the students? Does he/she lecture or is he/she working with the students in active ways? Is differentiated instruction utilized? How is my child responding to this environment? What are your schools tests scores in math and literacy? 

What kinds of exchanges do teachers have with students? Are the teachers invested in the community and the people who live in them? What kind of connections are made between teachers, students and the community?How do teachers inspire their students thirst for learning? Does the school celebrate various cultures within the school community? 

What does student work look like? How rigorous are the assignments given by the teachers? How do the assignments correlate to the real-world and curriculum standards? What is stressed, quantity or quality when it comes to student work?

How does the school address social-emotional issues? Does the school have specific guidelines and programs in place for helping children develop communication skills and work through social conflicts? Ask the school to describe their approach. Consider whether this will work for you and your child.

What are the discipline and homework policies? As a parent this is a very important question because you need to be familiar with how your school handles these types of situations. If you agree with a schools policies then you are well on your way to figuring what will be the best fit for you and your family. 

How balanced is the curriculum?  It was important that my sons had physical activity as well as arts in their school while infusing the academics of the core subject areas. This provided for a well balanced child. Academics, Athletics, and the Arts were the triple A that I looked for with my children. It was also key to know how often these classes were offered. Kids are inspired to learn when their school has a balanced lifestyle.

What’s the approach toward grades? What is your grading system? Do you use letter grades, a point system, pass/fail or narrative evaluations? What are you grading? What value do you place on what you grade?

For instance, what are your tests, homework, projects, and quizzes worth in order to achieve the final grade for your report card?

Are the needs of boys and girls addressed? Boys and girls at times may have different needs and understanding this as an educator is key to their success. How is this addressed in your school? Do you provide socially aware books for both genders? Do you have a school counselor to address issues that may arise?

Is the library inviting and well-used? What kinds of books are on the shelves? How often do students visit? What do they learn when they go there? Does your library have computers? Are the libraries up to date with the latest technology? Will the students learn how to increase their technology skills if so in what ways?  

What kinds of extra-curricular classes are offered and who gets to do them? What do they consist of? May everyone participate? Does my child seem like he/she would enjoy these activities? 

How do parents get involved in the school? Is there an active PTA? How often are the meetings? Can parents volunteer in the classroom? If you do volunteer, what kinds of activities can parents help with? And will you get to work with your child?

How is information communicated to parents? Do teachers have a website that parents may view what tasks the children will be learning? How do teachers and the administration keep parents informed? Is there a good newsletter? Is e-mail used to communicate with teachers? How often do parents meet with their child’s teacher and how long are these meetings? Are teachers available for additional meetings if needed?

Is there a student government? What role does the student government play within the community? Do students utilize community service via student government? Does student government help to address student concerns and issues?

Do teachers learn from each other? Dialogue between teachers is key when working with shared students. It helps teachers to address issues they make have with a student and allows for constant growth. Ask about how workshops and professional development practices are utilized. What kind of training is offered to the teachers throughout the school year?“

Lastly always ask for a sample of class schedules, rule books, homework samples, newsletters, and policy statements. This will help you to have a better idea of what each school is doing and how they plan to get it done and the end result should be you finding the right school fit.

I hope you’ve found my questions helpful on your quest to finding the right school fit for you and your child. It is a comprehensive  list but you don’t have to use them all and think about it, isn’t your child worth it?  I think so. 

Good luck on your journey!

Nashima Harvey, Ed.M

CEO of THE LITTLE GREEN HOUSE, LLC  Educational Services

All Saints Episcopal Day School: Service, Spirituality, and Academic Rigor

Just an 11 minute bus ride from the vast Hudson River, a picturesque, small, quaint school by the name of All Saints Episcopal Day School resides in the essence  of Jersey City. All Saints is a private, non denominational school which, with its medieval-style buildings that are still somehow unformidable, is a place that seems to have perfected the  academics-and-environment- type learning model.


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All Saints Episcopal Church are specifically committed to instilling a genuine love of learning in their students and to assist in developing their students’ sense of personal spirituality through social action.  The school also ensures that their students learn about different faiths and foster an environment in which diversity thrives.


Here are some of the other core beliefs of All Saints School, taken directly from their website:



  • Children need opportunities to grow intellectually, artistically, emotionally, physically and spiritually;

  • Cooperation and teamwork are key elements for personal development;

  • Children can make a difference by giving of themselves to others;

  • Self-awareness is essential to understanding our connections to our neighbors and our world;

  • Education should instill an appreciation and responsibility for the earth and all living things;

  • Children are best served when families and schools work in partnership with one another.–Philosophy

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707 Washington St

Hoboken, NJ 07030


Before delving into the programs, I thought this link provides interesting information on the school’sstudent to teacher ratio, demographics, student population, and other details:




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  Elementary School Program:


   The elementary school division at All Saints includes grades 1st to 4th. When students move from Kindergarten to First Grade, they leave the Early Childhood Center to the building on Washington Street, which houses Grades 1-8. During the elementary school years, the staff at All Saints begin to become more independent and can take more ownership of their education. The curriculum and instruction is very hands-on approach and students begin to participate in community service activities during their elementary school years.


For more information on the general elementary school program and individual grades, click here;



Middle School Program:


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   The middle school division includes grades 5-8. The curriculum and instruction is dedicated to the social and cognitive development and growth that takes places during this age and academic level. The program is also focused on preparing students for high school and both, learning core subjects as well as social skills is emphasized during this academic level.


For more information on the Middle School Program at All Saints, click here:


  Other Programs:


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  Besides core classes, special subjects are also integrated into the curriculum at every grade level. These special classes include  Art, Technology, Theater, Dance, Music, Physical Education, Health, World Language, and more. School performances and assemblies also take place throughout the school year which can range from school plays to dance performances to forums on school leadership for fourth graders.


Tuition and Financial Aid:


The tuition at All Saints Episcopal Day School is $18,700/yr for students from Kindergarten to the 4th grade. For grades 5-8 (middle school), the tuition is $19,600. Financial aid is available for those who apply for aid and who demonstrate a need. For more information on payment plans, how to apply for financial aid, and additional fees, click here:–Financial-Aid


Parents’ Reviews


“My son is thriving at All Saints, and we are thrilled to be part of such a fantastic educational environment. As a current kindergarten student, he is truly excited about going to school each day. He has grown so much since his first days as a student in the school’s Nursery Program. The teachers and staff are warm and nurturing. And the school’s curriculum is engaging and comprehensive. All Saints is truly a wonderful school.”

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“Our son has been attending All Saint’s Day School since nursery and is now in fifth grade. Our son loves his school! He is happy and feels safe and comfortable in his environment. There are so many things we like about the school but to name a few we like that they have a challenging curriculum and we appreciate its core values and beliefs. As well, the school has an excellent system and policy regarding parent and teacher communication is that is effective and an emergency system that works well for reaching parents at a moment’s notice. The school offers music, arts, languages, and sports too. The school is major part of our lives and we could not be happier with our decision to remain at All Saint s. Thank you All Saint s! -All Saint’s parent”

Posted October 30, 2014

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Interested in learning more? To schedule a visit, email the Admissions Office at [email protected]


For more All Saints Day School’s contact information, click here:


So, what do you think about this school? Do you think you might be interested in sending your children to All Saints? Besides the seemingly impressive curriculum and community service student participation, the school’s buildings and exterior are lovely and look like something straight out of an amusement park!


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