International Day in Apple Montessori Schools in Hoboken

Apple Montessori Schools in Hoboken

It was an exciting week at Apple Montessori Schools in Hoboken where students and families celebrated International Day in honor of all the wonderfully unique cultures around the world.

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In the weeks leading up the event, each classroom chose a country to study and learned about their traditions, foods, dress, and language. The children’s studies culminated in an exciting and heart-felt celebration with our families, featuring songs and dances performed by our students and traditional foods from our vast heritages.

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The schools also participated in Passport Day where children “traveled around the world” on a journey through the school to different classrooms. Each was set up to represent a different country.

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They learned about the culture, collected a special food, and got their passport stamped. International Day helps children understand how fortunate we are to live in a world where we can learn so much from diverse nations.

 

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It also helps them discover the wonders of our differences as well as our unifying similarities.

 

 

Apple Montessori Schools in Hoboken

Apple Montessori Schools in Hoboken

Apple Montessori Schools in Hoboken

OVERVIEW

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: http://applemontessorischools.com/about-us/

Apple Montessori School Programs in Hoboken.

Apple Montessori Schools in Hoboken

LOCATIONS:

  • 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.

INFANT PROGRAM:

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.

Apple Montessori Schools in Hoboken

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: http://applemontessorischools.com/infants-program/

TODDLER PROGRAM:

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: http://applemontessorischools.com/toddlers-program/

PRE-K AND KINDERGARTEN:

Apple Montessori Schools in Hoboken

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: http://applemontessorischools.com/preschool-programs/

DAY CARE PROGRAM:

Apple Montessori Schools in Hoboken

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.

FasTracKids ENRICHMENT PROGRAM:

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” (http://applemontessorischools.com/fastrackids-program/).

Apple Montessori Schools in Hoboken

SUMMER CAMP:

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.

Apple Montessori Schools in Hoboken

For more information on the Apple Montessori Schools summer program, go here:http://applemontessorischools.com/where-summer-fun-and-learning-col…

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: http://applemontessorischools.com/testimonials/

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: http://applemontessorischools.com/  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: http://applemontessorischools.com/hoboken-location/

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:

Meals:

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: http://smart-startacademy.com/programs/tuition-

fees/the-heights/

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: http://smart-startacademy.com/

6 Back to school Tips

Summer is winding down (unfortunately) and it’s just about that time to go back to school! Very soon Jersey City Public Schools (and most private schools) begin the 2017 – 2018 school year. I don’t know about you, but I feel like it’s really crept up on me this year. There are so many things to do before school begins that it can be hard to keep track. Here are some ideas that can help you get organized for the new session !


Label It
: One thing that’s generally consistent at every school (especially for the younger set) is that they want EVERYTHING labeled. This can be a daunting task. You can try old favorites like Fabric Markers, but sometimes it’s hard to label all clothing that way, especially on dark colored items. Name Bubbles are fantastic. These labels are durable and laundry-safe (they won’t wash off!), plus you can put them on virtually anything. Not to mention, they are pretty cute looking.

6 Back to school Tips

Change of clothes: The younger set usually need a clean set of clothes to bring to school. This is something you can get done now and put aside for next week. Grab some summer clothes (or a spare uniform, if applicable) and put them into a large Ziploc bag. This way you can label the bag and it can easily be organized with your child’s other school items. The bag also doubles as a laundry bag for the soiled clothes being sent home.

6 Back to school Tips

School Supplies: Shopping for school supplies this close to the beginning of the school year can be a nightmare! The school supply aisles become ransacked and bought out. I like to shop at the Staples in Jersey City for school supplies. The store tends to be a lot less hectic than its neighbor (Target) and they carry pretty much every school supply you will need. Coupons: Check the link for some Staples coupons that you can bring into the store. If you don’t feel like braving the stores, you still have time to shop online! Amazon has its very own Back to School store. If you order soon, you should have it in time for the first day of school, especially if you have Amazon Prime.

6 Back to school TipsSchool Lunch: The age old question…send them with lunch money or brown bag it? Get creative with homemade lunches! Don’t miss this Buzzfeed post “27 School Lunch Tips That Will Keep You Sane,” which includes great ideas like freezing juice boxes the night before to double as ice packs. If you are feeling gourmet, you can try “19 School Lunch Ideas That Are Healthy (Mostly)” from Bon Appetit with recipes like Tomato Grilled Cheese Soup and The Antipasti Plate. Or you can always hit up the Pinterest Boards! To make your life easier, check out these reusable lunch containers with ice packs in the lids or try these reusable sandwich and snack bags.

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School Clothes: Last minute shopper? Don’t fear! Lots of stores are having Labor Day sales this weekend, so you can stock up and give the pocketbook a break, too. Macy’s is having a big sale in stores and online. Click here  for an in-store coupon. Gap is advertising “Everything up to 40% off” in stores and online. Plus, they have great options for uniforms, like khaki pants and skirts. If you need school shoes still, Zappos has a great selection of children’s shoes. As an added bonus, they ship quickly and shipping and returns are free, so you can order multiple sizes if you are unsure.

Get a Haircut: Looking to clean up those untamed summer tresses? There are plenty of options in our area. For the smaller ones, it’s important to find somewhere geared towards young children. Just 4 Kids in Hoboken is a great option for kids of all ages. They are especially good for younger kids. They offer Ferrari and Hummer styling chairs, flat screen TV’s equipped with Apple TVs with Netflix and Hulu. They ask you child what their favorite show is before they even begin. There are also games, balloons and organic lollipops. Tousled Hair Salon is a local option (where you can get your haircut, too!) that offers children’s haircuts.

Soaring Heights Charter School in Jersey City

Soaring Heights Charter School in Jersey City

Hi everyone! Before I begin speaking about Soaring Heights Charter School I would like to begin with something that is handed out to the parents and students (on the first day of classes I presume) that is to be agreed and signed upon:

STUDENT: I understand as a student of Soaring Heights Charter School, I agree to the following:

1.)   I will come to school ready to learn.
2.) I will have each day’s homework completed and ready to hand in.
3.) I will work to reach the highest expectations.
4.) I will respect my teachers.
Parents will acknowledge this contract by signing and returning it to school.

I wanted to begin this post with this agreement because I believe it shows the schools character. It shows what the Soaring Heights Charter School deems as important and so will be in turn be implementing in their students all throughout kindergarten to eighth grade. It’s a pretty smart way to start the school year if you ask me. It shows the child, and the parents, what lies ahead of them as well as teaches the child that they themselves are beginning to be more and more responsible for their own actions.

Soaring Heights Charter School in Jersey City

Keeping with the theme, the Soaring Heights Charter School in Jersey City has some strict policies on school arrival and departure time. The school allows for children to arrive at the school at 7:55 a.m. at the earliest and to stay afterschool up until 2:45 pm the latest, unless they will be participating in an after school program. The time is so strictly set because if a child is to arrive before the arrival time (which is earlier than the regular school day for those who would like to enjoy breakfast) they would be there unsupervised. The same goes for a child that stays in the school past the departure time.

Soaring Heights Charter School in Jersey City

In regards to school breakfast, as I stated above, the Soaring Heights Charter school offers students breakfast starting at 7:55am. Now, both school breakfast and lunch is offered and available to students, however it is not free. Parents are required to pay for school meals on a weekly basis. Parents are to send either a check or cash along with a completed menu to the school by Friday for your child to receive lunch. I am not sure on the schools policy on reduced or free lunch but as I always say, it doesn’t hurt to ask. So if you are interested or feel your child should be eligible for free lunch ask the school administration. They should lead you in the right direction.

At the Soaring Heights Charter School a school uniform is required. Students are required to wear khaki, black or navy pants, skirts or jumpers. They are to wear plain solid white shirts or sweaters. The shirts could also be of the solid colors light blue or navy. The following clothing items are not allowed:

  • Leggings, jeggings, skinny fit pants, jeans or tight fitting pants
  • Hats
  • Open toed shoes
  • Baggy clothing items

There is also a gym uniform requirement at the Soaring heights. Students are required to wear either sweatpants or shots with sweatshirts that are all black without any stripes or writing with the exception of the school logo. The shirt is required to have the school logo. The sneakers must have white soles and say “no skid marks” on the sole; I am not too sure on the reasoning for this, so be sure to ask if you have any questions.

Soaring Heights Charter School in Jersey City

Interested in applying to the Soaring Heights Charter School? Well the school is currently accepting applications. Simply visit their website at www.soaringheightscharterschool.com/application.php and click on the link to download the pdf version of the application. Print it, fill it out and mail the application form to the following address; Soaring Heights Charter School 1 Romar Avenue Jersey City, New Jersey 07305. The annual lottery will be held soon, on January 13th at 6:00pm so be sure to get those application forms in!

If you would like a follow-up on if the school received your application form, give the school a call. Remember to give the mail man enough time for delivery. And as always, happy school hunting!

Four years ago Vanessa Morales set out on a mission to become a school guidance counselor. Ever since, her eyes have been open to how the education system has been struggling, leading her to the path where she is now; researching on ways to better the education system that exists for young ones. She notes and blogs what she has found that has been working and continues to attend college to further educate herself on what can and needs to be done.

The Ethical Community Charter School

The Ethical Community Charter SchoolIf you’re looking for a school that treats character building just as important as it does learning the academics then The Ethical Community Charter School might be for you! This is a school that encourages as much student participation as possible; they encourage the students to ask questions and form their own opinions. This school takes advantage of the arts and uses it as a movement to integrate both fun and learning into one. They do a great job at mixing community into the learning aspect of the school. Some things you ought to The Ethical Community Charter Schoolknow right away? Admissions! The admission process for the 2014-2015 school year is currently open. The closing date for admissions is on January 7th, 2014. There will be a lottery held on Thursday January 16th at 7pm in the school cafeteria. The lottery is the way in which this school chooses the students for the following year, that way everyone has an equal opportunity. If you wish to apply to this school you can find the application form on their website (http://www.teccs-jc.org/).

Also, if before you apply you would prefer to pay the school a visit then no problem! The school hosts tours every Friday at 9:30 am by appointment. All you have to do is send an email to [email protected] or give them a phone call at (201)984-4151 and book your appointment.

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

The Ethical Community Charter SchoolAs I mentioned before, the Ethical Community Charter School fully believes in teaching children not only to act responsibly and how to treat each other but what it means to have responsibility. They take it upon themselves to instill in each child the meanings and reasoning behind respect. Teachers will take classroom opportunities to create a teaching lesson; every moment counts right? And if you feel that you would like a little more of this ethics style program the Ethical Community Charter School in Jersey City also has a C.A.R.E (Contributing to the community, Achieving excellence, Respecting yourself and others, and Exhibiting self-control) program in place to take this ideal a step further.

The Ethical Community Charter School

At The Ethical Community Charter School in Jersey City they also feel strongly on child health. Because of this, the school has rid of all of their vending machines. They use the lunch program as an opportunity to teach and educate the students about healthy eating habits.

If you’re looking for a school that takes every opportunity available to them and the students to be turned into a learning experience then the Ethical Community Charter School just may be for you. It is a caring environment that places high values on respect. So feel free to visit their website or visit the school itself on any Friday. Just be sure to do it soon as the application deadlines for the next school year is coming up.

As always, Happy School Hunting!

Four years ago Vanessa Morales set out on a mission to become a school guidance counselor. Ever since, her eyes have been open to how the education system has been struggling, leading her to the path where she is now; researching on ways to better the education system that exists for young ones. She notes and blogs what she has found that has been working and continues to attend college to further educate herself on what can and needs to be done.

Jersey City Community Charter School: Planning skills that shows

Jersey City Community Charter School

Looking for a school whose goal it is to ensure the cognitive development of students? A school with the drive and the staff that is dedicated to the development of themselves in order to properly educate each child in attending? Well then, it is time to talk about Jersey City Community Charter School!

Jersey City Community Charter SchoolAt Jersey City Community Charter School they make it their business to provide an innovative learning experience for the students. They believe on promoting “self-directed, life learning skills and facilitate the students ability to make responsible decisions” as stated on their website. They are well equipped to deliver such a promise by Academic and non-academic goals that the school has in place. These goals are easily accessible in just a click away (http://jcccsonline.org/goals-objectives/). Take a good look at what these goals are and how they are each divided. If you’re one for clear and concise schedules and objectives then this page in particular should spark your interest, so give it a try!

Jersey City Community Charter School

At Jersey City Community Charter School they believe firmly in eliminating any sort of outside distraction in the school environment. Because of this, they have a very strict policy concerning toys and electronics. The Jersey City Community Charter School is very adamant about keeping any toys and electronic games out of the school environment and so they have a confiscating rule towards it. If any child brings any of these items to the school they will be confiscated and will not be returned. If this is something that concerns you, you may want to talk to administration. If not, then perhaps like many parents this will just make you happy to hear that the Jersey City Community Charter School is concentrating on keeping your child focused on the important task at hand.

Jersey City Community Charter SchoolWhat about food you ask? You guessed it, lunch and breakfast are provided by the school for the children. The lunch application forms get distributed on the first day of school to be sent home with the child and to be filled out as soon as possible. Children who are not going to be eating the school lunch are still required to submit a lunch application form just so that they are on file. Once you submit the lunch application form you will be notified as to how much, if at all, the lunch will be costing you. So be sure to keep an eye out for that form and again fill it out as soon as possible.

Jersey City Community Charter School

Lastly, if the idea of no electronic entertainment might have scared you a little bit, I’m here to tell you that what has been taken away, is up for with the different classes and activities offered by Jersey City Community Charter School. The school offers up many interesting classes such as classes with scientists, teachers, animators, artists and programmers who are passionate about what they do. In classes such as Sponge Lab where the students are introduced to technology and interactive media, or classes like OpenClass, where teachers use a learning environment to help bring social learning and interactive experiences as a learning mechanism. Best of all these classes are open to everyone and free of charge. The school also hosts events throughout the year to get everyone together such as movie nights. How great is that!

Now if anything here has sparked your interests I strongly encourage you to give the school a call and see if you can plan a tour date for yourself and even your little one. I’m sure it’ll be an easy bit of information to get a hold of, being how impressed the Jersey City Community Charter School has left me by the skills they possess in clear and concise organization. And as always, Happy School hunting Everyone!

Four years ago Vanessa Morales set out on a mission to become a school guidance counselor. Ever since, her eyes have been open to how the education system has been struggling, leading her to the path where she is now; researching on ways to better the education system that exists for young ones. She notes and blogs what she has found that has been working and continues to attend college to further educate herself on what can and needs to be done.

Learning Community Charter School: A school with a place for every child

Learning Community Charter Schoo

Hi everyone! I’m here to tell you a bit about yet another school- The Learning Community Charter School. The Learning Community Charter School is an independent public school located in Jersey City. The school is just a block away from Lincoln Park for those of you who would love a nearby park to take your little ones to. The Learning Community Charter School serves to educate children between the grades Pre-K through the 8th Grade. The Pre-K classes aim to have at most 15 students in each class and classes from Kindergarten to the 8th grade aim to have about 20 students in each class. Want to pay the school a visit for yourself? Feel free to stop by on Monday December 16th for a tour at 6 and 6:30. There is no need to RSVP. There will also be a later tour date available on  Friday, January 3rd at 9:30 and 10am.

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The Admission process for the learning community charter school in Jersey City is done in a lottery style fashion. Applicants must apply to the school within the deadline. The lottery determines, at random, who is accepted to the school and who is placed on the waiting list. Those on the waiting list will be contacted once an opening occurs. If no response is made then the school will move on to the next person on the list. The list of applicants is refreshed every year, re-using the lottery method. Applications for the 2014-2015 school year are now being accepted at the Learning Community Charter School now up till Friday January 3rd at 3pm.

At the Learning Community Charter School in Jersey City both breakfast and lunch are made available at the school to the students. The calendar for what meals will be made available on a daily basis is up on the schools website (www.lccsnj.org) for the parents to download if interested. There is a calendar both for the breakfast menu and for the lunch menu to lessen any confusion. As in many schools, lunch is provided at a slight cost. The student breakfast cost $1.60. The student lunch comes at a little more of a cost, $3.00. Now, if you think you would qualify to receive free or reduced lunch there is an application link available on the website. The cost of the reduced breakfast is $0.30 and the cost for the reduced lunch is $0.40, so please do take advantage of the reduced/free meal option if it is available for you.

Learning Community Charter Schoo

While looking at the curriculum and classes offered at the Learning Community Charter School I was sort of taken a back when I saw the extensive list. Many of the things offered are for sure not mandatory to be provided, which is great to see. It gives me the feeling that this school truly does care to give its students an experience that they will forever appreciate. Yes, the school of course offers English Language arts, math, science, physical education and social studies. But the courses that put an extra smile on my face were visual arts, wingspan arts (which is a non-profit program that all students from 5th grade to 8th grade engage in for an hour once a week exposing them to performing, visual, media and literary arts), hip hop elements, play at poetry, digital photography and graphic design (designs the yearbook), Afro- Caribbean drumming and step it up (where students learn to step; make rhythmic patterns using their hands and feet). There are so many options here for each child that wherever they choose to go they should learn, grow and most importantly experience something new to help them feel more comfortable or “at home” in their school.

Learning Community Charter SchooYou may be overwhelmed with all of the course options I just threw at you but be prepared for one more thing; the THINK TANK after school program at the learning community charter school. The think tank after school program is offered daily from 3:15-6 pm and from 12:20-6 pm on most half days. It is set in place for both activities and homework help. There are three sessions of this program each year and they do require a fee. If you or your child is interested in attending the after school program please contact the school for more information on how the payment works. They are willing to work with families who may not be able to afford the entire payment. No child left behind right? Also, students are allowed to do a one day drop in at the after school program but also at a charge; usually $18 but again, contact the school if this does not work for you and see what they can do. It never hurts to take the chance especially with a school that is willing to help.

The Learning Community Charter School sounding good for you so far? Don’t forget the applications are due by January 3rd! Also, remember you can drop into any of the upcoming tours on Monday December 16th and Friday January 3rd. Hope it is the school for you! Happy School Searching!

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The Golden Door Charter School

The Golden Door Charter School

Still looking for the perfect school? In need of a school that’s heading in the right direction? A school that focuses on the achievements of each child “no exceptions, no excuses”. Well then, it is time to talk about The Golden Door Charter School! The Golden Door Charter School is a school located on 3044 Kennedy Blvd. in Jersey City. So let’s talk about a bit of what Golden Door Charter School has to offer.

The Golden Door Charter School

At Golden Door Charter School, they strive to provide parents and students with a safe and high quality learning environment for each and every student that attends. To get an idea of the curriculum in place at Golden Door, it is important to know that the lessons at Golden door follow the guidelines of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards. This is to ensure that each child in every classroom is guaranteed a well-rounded education. To go a step further, Golden Door Charter School offers their students the chance to take a course in foreign language, music and art. They also offer health and physical education to instill in the minds of our young ones the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

Want to know what grabbed me when checking out the Golden Door Charter School? Simple! The fact that accessing the specific curriculum available at the Golden Door Charter School is just a click away. On their website, the Golden Door Charter School has available the curriculum overviews. It is easy to find exact curriculum your child would be placed into. The links to each curriculum is divided by subject and by class grades; so simple! So if you would like to check out the class environment your child would be placed into please do visit their website at www.goldendoorschool.org . Simply click on the previous link and then on that page go to academics and then curriculum overviews. There you will see a list of each curriculum.

The Golden Door Charter SchoolNext thing you should know about Golden Door Charter School is their uniform policy. At Golden Door they are very strict with uniforms. Each child is to come to school in their uniform daily. This means your child shall attend school in their proper uniform (varies from class grades) from head to toe. If your child is out of uniform, the school will contact you so that you can bring in the proper uniform for your child.

Food time! At Golden Door they provide breakfast and lunch for each child. Some may be eligible for free or reduced fare meals depending on the income eligibility guidelines provided on the Federal income chart. If you do not think you will qualify I would like to tell you the pricing for each meal. For a student that has to pay the full fare, breakfast will cost $1.35 and lunch will cost $2.50 daily. For a reduced fare student, breakfast will cost $.30 and lunch will cost $.40 daily. Students are not required to bring their lunch money with them. The school has a FSS PositiveID system in place; which is a system where your child’s finger will be recognized to uncover their account that you the parent sets up in the way of your choosing. This way, your child will be the only one who has access to their own meals, which in my opinion is great to hear.

The Golden Door Charter School

The Golden Door Charter School has plenty more to offer, like their aftercare program and their anti-bullying policy. From what I can see, there’s something here to love for everyone. If this is the school for you requesting an application form is just a click away! Simply visit their website (posted above) and click on the “For Parents” tab up top. Once on that page, there will be a link on the side that says Request to Attend. Once you’ve filled out that form submit it and you’re one step closer to the school that’s right for you. Easy as one, two, three! So I urge you all to take a look at their website or even set up a visit where you can get a walk-through the school and experience the Golden Door experience for yourself. See if this school is right for you and your little one. And as always, Happy School Hunting!

BelovEd Community Charter School in Jersey City

BelovEd Community Charter School in Jersey City

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

BelovEd Community Charter School in Jersey City

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

To start off with, BelovEd Community Charter School offers a longer than average school day in order to BelovEd Community Charter School in Jersey Cityprovide children with the care that they need. The day begins with breakfast (for eligible students) at 7:45 am. Following breakfast, the school day runs from 8:00am – 4:15pm.

At BelovEd, they also offer the students an opportunity to stay at school longer through their aftercare program. This program is optional for any child that is interested until the time of 5:30pm. Parents and students can choose if they want their child to attend the aftercare program and what activities they get involved with. You can choose perhaps a sport or if you or your child feels they need a little extra help they can choose to use that time for assistance through tutoring.

BelovEd Community Charter School in Jersey City is a free of cost (yay!) public school that is open to all students equally, no favoritism, no advantages. They are currently open for accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school BelovEd Community Charter School in Jersey Cityyear. If you are interested in applying to BelovEd you could apply in multiple ways. One way you can apply to the school is by simply applying online. The second option is to print an application and submit it to the school. If you want to move fast then an online application is your way to go. However, if you feel more comfortable with submitting the application in person by all means! Plus, it’ll give you an opportunity to see the school for yourself. The application form needed can be found on their website (http://belovedccs.org/enroll/).

Want to visit the school and feel it out for yourself? Contact the school! (Contact information also provided on their website). You can either give them a call at 201-744-9775, or you can email them. In order to send the faculty at BelovEd an email you must visit their webpage and scroll all the way to the bottom in order to see their contact details. There you will see a link that says email us; click the link and all that is left to do is write your message. See if you can schedule your very own walk through, it never hurts to ask!

Happy School Hunting Everyone!