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.

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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.

Learning Community Charter Schoo

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!

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Early Beginnings Day School in Jersey City

Early Beginnings Day School in Jersey City: Jersey City Pre-school

Next up: Early Beginnings Day School! Looking for a preschool that understands how the minds of our little ones work? Perhaps a school equipped with a curriculum that takes into consideration how importance of the first step towards schooling can be for a young child? Well then this school might just be the one for you! The Early Beginnings Day School in Jersey City is a fun filled educational school that seems to have their curriculum in set order in particular for the youngest of young ones because they know what works. Want to give it a look for yourself? No Problem! Early Beginnings Day school is hosting an open house this coming Saturday, November 9th from 10:00am-12:00pm. Registration is not required.

 

At Early Beginnings Day School they offer two different sets of schedules; one of which being the half day schedule. The half day schedule runs from 2:30pm – 5:00pm. This program is set to promote language concept, mathematical and scientific thinking as well as artistic expressions. In this program children are kept in small groups ensuring the possibility of individual attention if and when it is needed. Early Beginnings day school allows for children to select activities throughout the day while the teacher is still directing the class to the direction in which it needs to go through.

The other schedule available is none other than the full day schedule. The full day schedule runs from 8:30 am- 2:30pm. This program is set to promote the strengthening of comprehension, decoding and writing skills through different styles of art, such as puppets storytelling, bookmaking and dramatizations. In the full day schedule the teachers expose children to literacy and reading skill development through the set language program.


Now, for each of these schedules there are three types of programs that are provided in the Early Beginning day school in Jersey City. They are the tiny tots program, the toddlers program and the pre-school program.  They are divided as follows:

Tiny Tots: For children ages 12-24 months

For this age group, classes are kept at a low number and a developmentally age appropriate environment that includes activities such as movement, art activities and so on.


Toddlers: Dedicated to two year olds

For this age group, classes are held three or five days a week and are supervised by both an experienced teacher and an assistant. This program is set up in a “learn-through-play” environment that helps children learn through the materials that are provided for them. Teachers use music, movement, language, play and creative arts to spark the interest of each child. The classes in this program are set to inspire self-confidence in each growing child.

Pre-School Program: Dedicated to three year olds

For this age group, classes are held three or five days a week in a nurturing environment. This program is intended to attend to each child’s learning style of development. Teachers use the multi-sensory approach to ensure full comprehension of topics. The educators at Early Beginnings Day School use tactics such as visual and auditory experience to enhance the educational experience. The children are consistently encouraged to individually master mathematical and scientific development through everyday play such as painting, cutting, puzzles, blocks and so much more.

Sounds like the school for you? Don’t stop here; feel free to visit their website at http://earlybeginningsdayschool.com . Most importantly, if you’re free this Saturday, November 9th from 10am-12pm, pay the Early Beginnings Day School a Visit at their open house! And as always, Happy School hunting everyone!

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Hudson Montessori School in Jersey City

Hudson Montessori School in Jersey City

Good day everyone! Let’s jump right into it and talk about another one of the Montessori schools. Next up: Hudson Montessori School in Jersey City! I want to talk to you guys a bit about what this school believes and what they put into practice. Information, such as who the school is open to, how to apply, the schools curriculum and most importantly, open house dates! Hudson Montessori School will be hosting an open house this month. The open house will take place on Saturday November 16th from 11:15-12:00pm. NOW THIS IS VERY IMPOTANT! If you are interested in attending Hudson Montessori school’s open house you must register for it! They will not be accepting any walk-ins. To register for the open house please visit their website online and click on the link that says register right on the main page. Their website is as follows: www.hudsonmontessori.net The open house is only open to parents, no children will be allowed. If this date does not work for you, Hudson Montessori School will be hosting another open house on Saturday December 7th so please keep your eyes open for the registration for that date.

At Hudson Montessori school in Jersey City they are keen on allowing a child to learn in a hands-on setting. They feel that in doing this it encourages a child’s growth based on their own particular needs, ability and unique personality. The faculty at Hudson Montessori School feel that it is important to introduce themes that spark each of their students curiosity and excitement, all intended to motivate each child. Some areas of study at Hudson Montessori are the areas of practical life, sensorial, language, math, cultural, science and motor skills.

There are various programs available at Hudson Montessori school, each one intended to cater to children of different ages. The schedules available for the children ranges depending on the program in which your child would be enrolled in. The same rules apply with tuition. So here I have listed the times for each


program and the tuitions as well. Please keep in mind: students that will be in class for a full day must bring in their own lunch. There will be a set schedule for parents to rotate on the days in which they must supply snacks for the class.

Toddlers program: At least two years old.

The school day for these children run from either half-day (9:00am-12:15pm) or full-day (9:00am-3:00pm). There is also an extended day, which would be from 9:00am-6:00pm.

Tuition: Two day half-day program: $6500

Three day half-day program: $7750

Five day Half-program: $9500

Five day full day program: $14000

Five day extended program: $17500

Bridge Primary program: At least three years of age

The school day for these children run from either half-day (8:30-12:00pm [morning]) or (12:00pm-3:30pm [afternoon]). The full day schedule is from 8:30am-3:00pm. The extended day hours run from 8:30am-6:00pm)

Tuition: Half-day program: $10000

Full-day program: $13500

Extended program: $17500

Primary program: At least three years of age

The school day for these children run from either half-day (8:30-12:00pm [morning]) or (12:00pm-3:30pm [afternoon]). The full day schedule is from 8:30am-3:00pm. The extended day hours run from 8:30am-6:00pm)

Tuition: Half-day program: $9500

Full-day program: $12500

Extended-day program: $16500

Kindergarten: At least five years of age

The school day for these children run from either full-day (8:30-3:00pm) or the extended-day program (8:30am-6:00pm)

Tuition: Full-day program: $11500

Extended-day program: $15500

Elementary: At least six years of age

The school day for these children run from either full-day (8:30-3:00pm) or the extended-day program (8:30am-6:00pm)

Tuition: Full-day program: $11500

Extended-day program: $15500

Along with these programs, Hudson Montessori School offers after school programs. Some of the programs that they offer are ballet, theater, taekwondo, languages and chest.

The application process at Hudson Montessori School is actually quite involved. The first step is to visit the school. So you may choose to attend one of the open house dates or you can go on the website and click on admission process; there you will see a link that allows you to set up your own date in which you would live to visit the school. The next step is to submit an application form, followed by a visit to the school again but this time with your child. This step is mandatory by the school. After this visit you will be asked to wait until you receive an admission offer letter. Lastly, after receiving this letter you must submit all tuition fees on time.

If you still have some questions please remember to save the date and sign up for one of the open house dates or create one all your own. And as always, Happy School hunting!

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Hamilton Park Montessori School in Jersey City

Hamilton Park Montessori School


Hi Mamas! It’s time to get talking about Hamilton Park Montessori School. First up, important dates! The most important date to keep in mind for the Hamilton Park Montessori School in Jersey City is the admissions date. The deadline for submitting an application to the school is December 31st. Now if after this blog or if after you check out the website I urge you to move along with applying to this school with urgency because they seem to have a lengthy process. Before being able to apply you must first attend a “first step session”. From what I can gather, the first step session is the time for the school to get to know you, the adult. Children are not allowed to attend this meeting. There are only a limited amount of seats available for this meeting so once you know you are truly interested in applying to this school I suggest you all to do so as fast as possible.

 

At Hamilton Park Montessori School they aim to create a high-quality learning environment that meets the social, emotional, cognitive and physical needs of its community members. They aim to ensure that each child’s needs are being taken into consideration and tended to.

There are three different programs that are offered at Hamilton Park Montessori school. One of the programs available at this school is the bridge and early childhood program. This program is set into place for the younger students that will be in attendance in this school. The bridge and early childhood program is a program designed to help bridge the gap between home life and school gap. It is set into place so that they can ensure a safe and smooth transition for the child who is going to be away from mom for more than five minutes for the first time ever. That know that it is their job to let the child know that they are safe and in good hands. This program is available for children of the ages 2.5 years to 3 years.

The second program available in Hamilton Park Montessori School in Jersey City is the early childhood program. This program is open to students of the ages 3 to 6 years old. In this school the classes are diverse. In these classes teachers use art, music, movement, physical education and foreign language to support and strengthen the child’s gifts and knowledge. . For the kids who are older there are other courses that are put into their curriculum such as sports (i.e. soccer & tennis), literacy and writers workshop. For this program parents have the choice of choosing to have their child attend school for half a day or for a full day.


The last program available in Hamilton Park Montessori School is the summer program. The summer program is in place for the children to have a place to go in the summer time. Let’s be honest here, there aren’t many places at times where we can’t take these little ones where we can ensure a proper balance of fun and knowledge and its usually because we don’t know where to go. Well, if your summers sound a little like what I have just described then maybe enrolling your child into the summer program at Hamilton Park Montessori in Jersey City may just be a great idea. There is a separate fee and admission process for this summer program so please be sure to give their website (http://www.hamiltonparkmontessori.com/) a look.

At Hamilton Park Montessori they know that it is important to provide these students with extra curriculum activities that will help them grow socially and mentally all while having a good time. They offer up activities like creative arts, movement, the performing arts, the creative arts and brain gym. Brain gym is a term that makes up many of the activities that strictly promote the use of your child noggin. Games, clubs and activities such as chess and the science clubs just to give you some examples.

Interested in Hamilton Park Montessori so far? Please do give their website a look and set up a date to go and visit them yourself if needed/possible. Again, I cannot stress enough how important it is to take action now. Slots are limited! Have a safe school hunt everyone!

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Waterfront Montessori in Jersey City

Waterfront Montessori in Jersey City

Waterfront Montessori is a Baccalaureate school for children aging between the toddler and middle school years. They are a school that is built upon passion for education. There are two ways you can find out more information about this school. One is to please continue reading this blog and I will inform you on more of this schools beliefs and programs. The other option is to visit them for yourselves! Waterfront Montessori school located in Jersey City is having an open house on Wednesday, November 13 from 6:30-8:30 pm. To attend this open house (or any their open house that they offer the following months) be sure to visit their website (www.waterfrontmontessori.com) in order to register for the date you wish to visit.

Waterfront Montessori in Jersey CityWhen you first visit the main website of Waterfront Montessori there are three big words sitting at the very top. “Engaging. Exciting. Joyful.” Those three words are the three words this school believes defines what aspects in education and schooling systems can bring about the best outcome for your children. What can I say, those words grabbed me!

At Waterfront Montessori, located in Jersey City, they offer education for children of the ages 2 through Grade 8. They also offer a specific program, the IB Middle Years Program for students in grades 6 to grade 8. In this school they are very passionate about education. They believe in providing each child the individual experience they each need in order to grow and achieve. They believe that it is not their duty to shape each child, but instead that it is their duty to provide them with the essentials that they need to become their own success; encouraging each child to acknowledge and grow from his or her own set of gifts and interests.

Waterfront Montessori in Jersey City

The curriculum in place at Waterfront Montessori is one unique to most schools. The curriculum in place is designed to offer structure and guidance for the students while at the same time maintaining the feeling of freedom and choice for each child to roam. In this school they feel this is an important process for each child because it promotes a bigger sense of self-awareness as well as producing children to be self-confident, well balanced, and focused on whatever their interests may be.

There are five different programs available in Waterfront Montessori in Jersey City. Each program is divided by age groups, guaranteeing the proper education for each child placed in this school system. The programs available in Waterfront Montessori are as follows:

The Toddler Program:

  • For children of the ages 2-3
  • Designed as a stepping stone for children to step away from their home and begin to feel comfortable in a school environment for the very first time.
  • Classroom designed so that the children can explore
  • Activities are in place to promote self-care, develop motor skills, and begin to concentrate and absorb multi-step directions and to develop social skills.

 

The Primary Program:

  • For children of the age group for Pre-K3 and Pre-K4
  • Promotes language and language skills, writing, reading, mathematics, science, geography and culture subject areas
  • A learning environment that provides order, encourages exploration, encourages choice amongst many other forms of structure

The Kindergarten Program:

  • For children of the ages 5-6
  • It is an extension of the primary program and a transition to the Elementary program
  • The space between the children in the kindergarten program and the primary program is shared, promoting and providing guidance for the younger children from the older ones and leadership for the older children, helping them to reinforce what they have mastered in their previous years.
  • Offers more advanced activities, both as an entire group and within their classroom groupings

The Elementary Program

  • For children in grades 1-5
  • Transitioning the children from thinking concretely to making more abstract thoughts
  • Curriculum of the sciences, computers and technology, mathematics, literacy and literature, social sciences, history, world geography and civics
  • The use of different art forms (such as art, music, poetry, etc.) to lend excitement to the day of each student

The Middle School Program

  • For children in grades 6-8
  • Provides a structure of academic challenge that encourages the students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world
  • Students are required to study two languages, sciences, mathematics, humanities, arts, physical education and technology

Think one or all of these programs sound like something that would work for yourself and your child? Then why not take a closer look for yourself! As I stated earlier, Waterfront Montessori in Jersey City is having an open house Wednesday November 13 from 6:30-8:30 pm. If you cannot make this date but are very interested they have other dates available, one in December and another in January. Just be sure to visit the Waterfront Montessori website and register for the date that works for you! Happy School search!

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