Education Guide: 2017-18

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


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


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


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


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


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

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

Source: Nashima Harvey (Downtown Union City Ambassador for Family Resources)


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


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


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


Children Entering:

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