Can I afford Private School? Why yes! Let’s talk about tuition and possibilities

Private School in Jersey City

Hey Mommas! I think it’s time we talk about the cost of education in Jersey City. How many of you know
how much, on average, it costs to put your child in a private school that is to your liking? If you’re anything like I was a little while ago, you wouldn’t know the answer to this question, perhaps unless your child is currently attending a private school. If anything, you’d have an assumption which is quite common (It cost too much for me!).  So, let’s talk about it!

Upon hearing the words “private schools” and “tuition” most people tend to panic a bit, or at least the people around my community. Private school is often not even a part of the question simply because we are afraid to learn the actual costs of private schools. Let’s face it, it is one thing to think private school is too much of an expense and it is another to know that it is. But what if I told you that not all private schools will be in the ten thousand dollar mark? Yes there are many schools that do range in this pricey area of $10,000 (Saint Dominic Academy) or even higher like St. Peters Prep which is about $13,350. At the same time there are multiple schools that offer a fraction of that cost.  Schools such as St. Joseph and St. Anthony, which offer education for a tuition price from $4,000-$5,000.

I am assuming many of you are thinking this is still a big portion of budget to have to set aside. I agree, the cost of living is only getting higher and having to pay for an education that was supposed to be promised by a public school is a bit disheartening. But never give up! That is exactly what Financial-aid is set in place for.  If you feel that private school is the best option for you but this price of at least $4,000 is still too much for you, financial-aids are the way to go. Some of the schools, such as Al Ghazaly School, tell you right off the back about the financial-aid available to families that cannot afford the schools tuition. The information is literally sitting there on their web page (http://alghazalyschool.com/financialAid.html). To get to this information just click on the previous link, click on “prospective students” on the drop down menu located on the top and then click on financial-aid.

Not all private schools post their tuition right on their websites. Some require making a phone call to their main office (which must be done during business hours). So, if I may suggest:

 

First find the school that works for you and your child best (i.e. if you’re looking for a Seventh-day Adventist school or Muslim school or one that is co-ed), next check out their website. Look for that important tuition rate and lastly do not forget to check their rules on financial-aid. If the information isn’t sitting on their web page don’t be afraid to give them a call and ask. Some schools sometimes go to the extent of lowering the tuition for a particular family if they fall in the crack of not being able to afford tuition but aren’t eligible for financial-aid. So call and find out! IT NEVER HURTS TO ASK! Let nothing stand in your way of getting the education you want for your child.

 

Public Schools In Jersey City – Student to Teacher ratios in the classroom

Public Schools In Jersey City

As a parent you all know what is best for your child. Every child is different, each demanding a different type of care or attention. So why not go that extra length in finding a school that matches those very needs? Well, usually it becomes an effort to try and obtain such information from both the public and private schools. You just can never be too sure. Eventually it becomes a search battle much like when we try to find the best priced flight ticket.

As a college student I know how important the teacher to student ratio can be. It can make the difference between scoring higher in test and just as important in the level of comfort your child will have in the classroom. It is most common to prefer a class with the smallest number of children so that each child can get that individual attention that they each deserve. I truly agree! It is every mother’s desire for their child to get all the attention they can get from the teacher. We want to make sure that each child can leave the classroom feeling confident that each day they learned something new without any confusion. However, as an education major I urge you not to forget about the positives a class with a good amount of students can do for your child. I always think it is a great benefit to be able to be in a room full of many different minds so that we could each learn from one another.

During the 2010-2011 school year the Jersey City Public School district had a student enrollment of 34,505. The number of classroom teachers employed at this same time in Jersey City was 2,665. This leaves us with an average ratio of about 12 to 13 students per classroom. This was the average given for each of the public schools. When the polls were done over for the current year that passed it was found that the student to teacher ratio has actually lowered to an average or 9 students to a teacher. However, this is simply an average of the overall schools. To hit closer to home, the following list will give the average ratio for each individual public school.

 

 Alexander D. Sullivan No. 30 Elementary School

Grades PK-5                                                     student/teacher

Alfred E. Zampella No. 27 Elementary School

Grades K-8                                                       11 student/teacher

Anthony J. Infante No. 31 Elementary School

Grades PK, 1-2                                                 student/teacher

Cornelia F. Bradford No. 16 Elementary School

Grades PK-5                                                     student/teacher

County Prep High School

Grades 9-12                                                      student/teacher

Dr. Charles P. Defuccio No. 39 Elementary School

Grades PK-8                                                     student/teacher

Dr. Ronald E. Mc Nair/Academic High School

 

Grades 9-12                                                      student/teacher

 

Explore 2000 Middle School

 

Grades 6-8                                                       12 student/teacher

Ezra L. Nolan No. 40 Elementary School

Grades 6-8                                                        student/teacher

Frank R. Conwell No. 3 Elementary School

Grades PK-5                                                     student/teacher

Fred W. Martin No. 41

Grades 6-8                                                        student/teacher

Heights Middle School

Grades 6-8                                                       student/teacher

Henry Snyder High School

Grades 9-12                                                      student/teacher

James F. Murray No. 38 Elementary School

 

Grades PK-8                                                   10 student/teacher

 

James J. Ferris High School

Grades 9-12                                                     11 student/teacher

Joseph H. Brensinger No. 17 Elementary School

Grades PK-8                                                     student/teacher

Jotham W. Wakeman No. 6 Elementary School

Grades PK-5                                                     student/teacher

Julia A. Barnes No. 12 Elementary School

Grades PK-8                                                     student/teacher

Liberty High School

Grades 9-12                                                      student/teacher

Lincoln High School

Grades 9-12                                                      student/teacher

 

Martin Luther King, Jr No. 11 Elementary School

 

Grades PK-8                                                     student/teacher

 

N.J. Regional Day School Jersey City

Grades 5                                                           student/teacher

Nicolas Copernicus No. 25 Elementary School

Grades PK-5                                                     student/teacher

Number 14 Elementary School

Grades PK-5                                                     student/teacher

Number 20 Elementary School

Grades PK-5                                                     student/teacher

Number 22 Elementary School

Grades PK-5                                                     student/teacher

Number 23 Elementary School

Grades PK-8                                                     student/teacher

Number 24 Elementary School

 

Grades K-8                                                       student/teacher

 

Number 28 Elementary School

Grades PK-8                                                     student/teacher

Number 29 Elementary School

Grades PK-5                                                     student/teacher

Number 33 Elementary School

Grades PK-4                                                     student/teacher

Number 34 Elementary School

Grades K-8                                                       student/teacher

Number 4 Middle School

Grades 6-8                                                        student/teacher

Number 5 Elementary School

Grades PK-8                                                     student/teacher

Number 8 Elementary School

 

Grades PK-5                                                     student/teacher

 

Rafael De J. Cordero No. 37 Elementary School

Grades PK-8                                                     student/teacher

The Academy I Middle School

Grades 6-8                                                        student/teacher

Whitney M. Young

Grades PK-5                                                     student/teacher

William L. Dickinson High School

 

Grades 9-12                                                      12 student/teacher

 

 

Because private schools are just that, private, the teacher to student ratio will vary more than the public schools. So, here is a list of the ratios in each of the private schools located in Jersey City.

 

ABC Elementary School

 

Grades PK-8                          11 Students to a Teacher

 

Al Ghazaly School

 

Grades PK-6                           6 Students to a Teacher

 

Badr School

 

Grades PK-7                           4 Students to a Teacher

 

First Christian Pentecostal

 

Grades PK-8                          12 Students to a Teacher

 

Genesis Academy

 

Grades PK-6                           5 Students to a Teacher

 

Genesis Educational Center

 

Grades PK-6                           4 Students to a Teacher

 

Hudson Catholic Regional High School

 

Grades 9-12                            20 Students to a Teacher

 

Kenmare Alternative High School

 

Grades 9-12                             13 Students to a Teacher

 

Montessori School of Jersey City

 

Grades PK-1                           14 Students to a Teacher

 

Our Lady of Czestochowa

 

Grades PK-8                           9 Students to a Teacher

 

Primary Prep

 

Grades PK-8                          12 Students to a Teacher

 

Ressurection School

 

Grades PK-8                           15 Students to a Teacher

 

Sacred Heart School

 

Grades K-8                             18 Students to a Teacher

 

St. Aloysius Elementary School

 

Grades PK-8                           18 Students to a Teacher

 

St. Anthony High School

 

Grades 9-12                            12 Students to a teacher

 

St. Dominic Academy

 

Grades 9-12                            11 Students to a Teacher

 

St. Joseph Elementary School

 

Grades PK-8                           15 Students to a Teacher

 

St. Nicholas School

 

Grades PK-8                            21 Students to a Teacher

 

St. Peters Preparatory School

 

Grades 9-12                            13 Students to a Teacher

 

Tet Christian Academy

 

Grades PK, 3-6, 8, 10, 12       6 Students to a Teacher

 

Waterfront Montessori

 

Grades PK-8                           5 Students to a Teacher

 

Ycs May Academy

 

Grades PK                              6 Students to a Teacher

 

 

Whether public school or private school is your preference, both give you a variety to the class sizes. With both of these lists you can find the schools nearest to you and be sure that the class size in your child’s school will be one you pre-approved of.