Camp Riverbend “Wacky Olympics” Open House

Choosing a camp for this summer?

Come sample @CampRiverbend’s awesome summer activities at our “Wacky Winter Olympics” Open House Sunday February 25, 10 am – 12 noon.  We will have lots of fun Riverbend activities, including games, crafts and cooking for kids and parents, run by our amazing counselors.  Take a tour of the camp site with our directors.  Free!  RSVP required to [email protected] or 908-580-CAMP. Let the games begin!

Camp Riverbend is 30 minutes from downtown Jersey City and Hoboken; daily summer bus service included.

 

Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park, NJ

All about Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park, NJ

An Interview with Joanne Johnson, Director of the new and growing Kiddie Academy, Educational Child Care in Hamilton Park, NJ

Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park

 

 

 

 

When did Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park open its doors:

Our Hamilton Park location opened in July of 2016.  It has been a wonderful experience for us so far! The community has been so warm and welcoming. We love seeing our neighbors, and try to participate in as many community events as possible. It’s great to see our families out at the community events too. The majority of our families live right here in Hamilton Park! In NJ we have 4 sister sites including us; Hoboken, Hamilton Park, Florham Park and Secaucus. All of our centers are committed to providing exceptional experiences for our students and their families. While Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park may be a brand new facility, the company is grounded in roots stemming back 36 years, making us Downtown Jersey City’s newest childcare, with the oldest roots!

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How many classrooms do you have here:

We have 10 classrooms and also have an indoor gymnasium.

What are the age groups of children enrolled:

We have a broad age range. We start with children as young as six weeks of age and go through Kindergarten for full time care. We also accommodate children up to the age of twelve. The older children come for winter breaks, spring breaks, before & after care and summer camp.  To secure a space, families may enroll for any age group as far as two years in advance. We do not require an application. Families can simply call in and learn about availability free of charge. We strive to make our operations as convenient as possible for our families.

Private school jersey cityWhat is your teacher/child ratio in your classrooms:

Our ratios vary based on the specific age group. We follow all NJ state regulations.

Do you provide an option for catered lunch:

We have a commercial kitchen at our facility.  We provide, breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack & low fat and whole milk (certified organic). Meals are prepared fresh daily using all natural, organic ingredients. For our student’s safety, the school is nut free. In the event of a student allergy and/or preference, our catering company will create meals for the child that meet their dietary restrictions.

Summer camp Jersey cityDo you have early drop off and after care options available:

Our operating hours are from 7am through 6.30pm. Families enjoy the benefit of being able to bring their children here anytime during those hours without incurring additional charges. This is a tremendous advantage for working families that can at times have unreliable schedules or face commuting delays. By offering unrestricted schedules throughout our operating hours, we have enabled our families to use our services without fear of unnecessary late fees and avoid commuting stress.

Day cares jersey cityWhat kind of curriculum do you follow:

Our curriculum called is called Life Essentials and is based on the 4 Pillars of Learning. Those pillars are: Technology, Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum, Character Education and Health & Fitness. The curriculum is written and developed at our corporate headquarters in Maryland and is overseen by our Curriculum Advisory Board. Board members, Dr.Rivkin, Dr. Wheeler, Dr. Rogowsky and Dr. Watson-Thompson work collaboratively to evaluate and refresh our curriculum. Refreshed curriculums are piloted for a year at a corporately owned school prior to being rolled out to our centers. This ensures that it is as finely tuned as possible by the time it comes to us.

Each teacher is able to enhance the curriculum to meet the needs and interests of their current students. Having this flexibility enables us to provide an experience that is tailored to our current student body.  Additionally, children from 6 weeks – 2 years of age receive an individualized lesson plan that is unique to them. To ensure that we are continuing to develop plans that meet our students needs and support their learning, our faculty complete developmental checklists and compile student portfolios for each child. We offer live streaming webcams in all classrooms, so parents can log in and watch as their child learns and explores! Also included are electronic daily student reports so parents are always aware of what happened during their child’s day.

What extracurricular activities do you offer:

We incorporate Spanish and American Sign Language into our curriculum. Additionally, we enhance our curriculum with a Music program called Kindermusik. Our older students also enjoy the benefits of having technology in their classrooms. Whether it’s a smart table, computer, or touch screen smart board, we teach our students how to interact with technology in a purposeful way that will support their understanding and engagement with these tools.

Do you offer a Summer Camp program:

Absolutely! All existing students are automatically enrolled in our Summer Camp. Children from the community can also enroll in the camp program. Summer camp is broken down by age group and is geared towards students 2 years through 12 years of age. Campers will experience a summer like no other! Campers enjoy field trips, camp activities and splash days! We are thrilled to launch our brand new Biological Sciences Experience this summer! Campers will have an opportunity to learn about, handle and interact with real specimens brought right to their classroom. Sharks, stingray, turtle, starfish, insects and reptiles are all of the list to be explored this summer at Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park! Enrollment is open to the community right now and will end once all spots have been filled. We urge interested families to enroll as soon as possible as space is limited.

What would you like to say to our families:

We are thrilled to be part of the community and invite you in to learn more about the services we offer. At Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park, we are a community within a community! Many of our families have developed bonds and friendships through the school which has intern enhanced their experience living in Hamilton Park.  Our multicultural school population offers students a richly diverse learning experience that exposes them to a world beyond downtown. Our State of the Art Facility has been designed to optimally meet the needs of our student body. Our learning environment, makes the school an idyllic place for students to learn and families to come together. Our award winning faculty is at the heart of everything we do! They are among the top talent of early childhood educators in our area. We simply cannot say enough about them!  Additionally, a member of our leadership team is always on site to ensure the appropriate operations of the school and that our families always have a supervisor available to them.

We invite you to come learn more about the services we offer through a personal tour of the facility. For your convenience, tours are offered M-F 7am-6:30pm. We look forward to showing you our difference!

Check out the website: https://kiddieacademy.com

Call to schedule a tour : 201-241-4443

Related Blogs:The French American Academy, Smart Start Academy, Hamilton Park Montessori School, Apple Montessori School, List of other schools

Best PreSchools, elementary school and day Cares in Jersey City

Best PreSchools, Elementary School and Day Cares in Jersey City

Choosing a day care or school for your child can be a nerve-wracking and overwhelming experience.  At JCFamilies, we want you to find the right fit for your family and child. 
For this reason, we’ve compiled a list of the best preschools, elementary schools and day cares in Jersey City.

Waterfront Montessori

WATERFRONT MONTESSORI

150 Warren St #108

Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 333-5600

http://www.waterfrontmontessori.com/


The Brunswick School

189 Brunswick Street,Jersey City, Nj 07302,

ph.201-420-1550

www.Brunswick School


Best PreSchools and day Cares in Jersey City

 

 

 

 

The Brunswick School is getting closer and closer to announcing its opening date! While we complete our finishing touches and finalize some more Open Information Sessions and Open House dates, we invite all inquiring families to schedule a private appointment with our director to hear details about our entire program! Work long hours?

We have availability weekday evenings and weekends to better accommodate your busy schedule! Email [email protected] or call (201) 420-1550 today to schedule your one on one session to find out why The Brunswick School is the school for you!

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The French American Academy 

209 Third Street, NJ 07302

www.faacademy.org

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The French American Academy offers an early-start, gradual immersion, dual language education to students from Nursery through 5th grade. The Middle School (6th to 8th grade) will open in 2016.

The FAA has three campuses in New Jersey : New Milford, Morris Plains and Jersey City.

Website: www.faacademy.org

Please register for a tour at [email protected]         

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 World of ABC, The Waldo School

 159 2nd Street & 110 1st Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302


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World of ABC, The Waldo School sets the standard for leading private education! By adopting and developing a highly innovative international curriculum, our students are encouraged to explore and flourish while discovering and developing new talents. Our students are inspired to grow as individuals, with no child forced to ascribe to one specific mold, through equal emphasis on all disciplines and opportunities to explore concepts at his or her own pace. To schedule a tour of our schools and learn more about our programs, call 201-963-5555 today!

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EARLY BEGINNINGS DAY SCHOOL

338 Grove Street

Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 918-5623

http://earlybeginningsdayschool.com/

 

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private school jersey citySMART START ACADEMY

462 Central Ave

Jersey City, NJ 07307

(201) 461-6161

http://smart-startacademy.com/

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BRIGHT HORIZONS

http://child-care-preschool.brighthorizons.com/NJ/JerseyCity/plaza3jc/

152 Plaza 3, Jersey City , NJ 07311
(201) 433-6370

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ALL SAINTS DAY SCHOOLkindergarten school JC

http://www.allsaintsdayschool.org/page

707 Washington St.

Hoboken, NJ 07030

(201) 792-0736

Best PreSchools JCViaquenti Preschool 

285 Newark Ave,

Jersey City, NJ 07302

http://www.viaquenti.com

Viaquenti Preschool is delighted to be serving children 4 months – 1st grade at two convenient locations in downtown Jersey City!

Our programs strive to enrich students by developing active learners with an international focus.

Offering bilingual studies and Spanish Immersion afterschool programs.

Now enrolling for 2015-2016 academic year AND our exciting Summer Camp Program!

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The Kaplan Cooperative Preschool 

www.kaplancooperativepreschool.org

115 Park Avenue – Hoboken, New Jersey 07030

201- 653-8666

[email protected]

The Kaplan Cooperative Preschool is part of the United Synagogue of Hoboken.  We are a Jewish preschool open to families of all faiths, and committed to providing play-based, high-quality early childhood education to all children.                                                                               

PRIMARY PREP

http://www.primaryprep.com/

41 Tuers Ave

Jersey City, NJ 07306

(201) 333-8844

The Scandinavian School of Jersey City

210 9th Street

Jersey City, 07306

(917) 536-7911

www.scandischool.com

Kindergarten: http://scandischool.com/?page_id=1259

email: [email protected]

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STEVENS COOPERATIVE SCHOOL

http://www.stevenscoop.org/

301 Garden St,

Hoboken, NJ 07030

(201) 792-3688

THE GARDEN PRESCHOOL COOPERATIVE

http://gardenpreschool.org/

242 10th St # 5

Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 309-0440

HAMILTON PARK MONTESSORI PARK

www.hamiltonparkmontessori.com

1 McWilliams Pl #206

Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 533-1910

HUDSON MONTESSORI SCHOOL

http://hudsonmontessori.net/

10 Regent Street,

Jersey City, New Jersey 07302

(201) 516-0700

BELOVED COMMUNITY CHARTER SCHOOL

http://belovedccs.org/

508 Grand St

Jersey City, NJ 07304

(201) 744-9775

  Smart Start Academy

SSA accept infants 6 weeks old and up till age 5 years

They offer 2 day program ( t/th)
3 days program (m/w/f)
5 days program (m-f)
Half day program until 12:30 pm 5 days a week

After school program is called  “social enrichment program” (3:30pm -7 pm)

SSA follow the creative curriculum now Reggio Emila Approach

Smart Start Academy
552 9TH ST
Hoboken, NJ 07030
(201) 461-6363

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Apple Montessori Schools Hoboken

www.applemontessorischools.com

Two locations: 1055 Maxwell Lane & 221 River Street

201-963-4949

For over 40 years, Apple Montessori Schools have set exceptional standards for early childhood and elementary education. Nurturing the unique potential of each child is the core of all we do.

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Tessa International School

Tessa International School is a new school, opening in Hoboken in 2016, which welcomes children from preschool to kindergarten.

Your children will receive a world-class education based on the most successful international models, enabling them to thrive in the increasingly global 21st century.

Our curriculum includes French or Spanish immersion tracks, delivered by experienced and caring educators who consider the whole child.

 

Meet the Head of School and learn more about Tessa’s curriculum and admissions process, by signing up for an upcoming Open House session or by contacting us:

Tessa International School is conveniently located in the heart of Hoboken, in the Monroe Center: 720 Monroe Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030.

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THE GOLDEN DOOR CHARTER SCHOOL

http://www.goldendoorschool.org/

3044 John F Kennedy Blvd W

Jersey City, NJ 07306

(201) 795-4400

OLC SCHOOL

http://www.olcschool.org/

248 Luis Marin Boulevard

Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 434-2405

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Charter Schools In Jersey City

Charter Schools In Jersey City

Sometimes a charter school is the best choice for your child and your family.  But with so many charter schools now in JC, how do you know which one to choose?  Although nothing can replace your own research and school visit, we’ve done a lot of the research for you.  JCFamilies has completed an extensive review of the most highly recommend charter schools and compiled our findings below.  We hope you find this helpful and informative.

Your 2018 Guide to Jersey City’s Most Recommended Charter Schools and Why You Should Enroll:

Charter Schools are an interesting concept- after all, they’re basically privately funded experimental educational programs.

 Many parents are saying public schools are failing, and charter schools attempt to provide a solution for that. Of course, what will work for your child all depends on your needs, and you know your child’s needs best- only you can make the decision.
Parents have a tough job- they need to tour the facility, interview the director and get a feel for the teachers. That’s a lot of stressful work, but it’s a necessary and life changing decision for your child. That’s why we  have complied ultimate Guide to Jersey City’s Most Recommended Charter Schools. While charter schools get a bad rep due to some attempts failing in the past, because each charter school is different you shouldn’t let those rumors scare you off. Do your research and inform yourself as much as possible in order to make the best decision for your child.
Here we provide you with a list of Jersey City’s Charter schools to get you started.
The Ethical Community Charter School


 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 
know 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 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.


As 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.

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.

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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 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 provide 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 
year. 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!

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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.

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.

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.


You 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!

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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Golden Door Charter School

 

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.

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.


Next 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 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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Soaring Heights Charter School

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.

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.

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.

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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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!


At 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!

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.
What 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.

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.

Related Blogs: Public Schools in Jersey City, Pre-Schools in Jersey City

All Saints Episcopal Day School Tour

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Tours are conducted during the school day to provide prospective families an opportunity to see the school in action. For families exploring admission for the 2017-2018 school year, tours are offered on the following Tuesdays:

 
September 20, 2016
September 27, 2016
October 11, 2016
November 22, 2016 
 
As space is limited, advance registration is required. To register, click here:
 
Please arrive by 8:45 AM for a brief presentation by the Head of School and a glance at our Spirituality assembly, followed by a tour. This event is intended for parents only.

All Saints Episcopal Day School Tour

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Tours are conducted during the school day to provide prospective families an opportunity to see the school in action. For families exploring admission for the 2017-2018 school year, tours are offered on the following Tuesdays:

September 20, 2016
September 27, 2016
October 11, 2016
November 22, 2016 
 
As space is limited, advance registration is required. To register, click here:
 
Please arrive by 8:45 AM for a brief presentation by the Head of School and a glance at our Spirituality assembly, followed by a tour. This event is intended for parents only.

5 tips on How to evaluate a school

Google it. 

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We live in the age of the internet. Any time you sign your kid up for anything all, you should be first looking on the internet for clues about the school’s reputation. Do they have a website? If they do, check it out – what’s on it? Does it look professional?

If the website is the window to the program, how are they presenting themselves to the world? If they don’t have a website, does that tell you something about the way they choose to communicate? Take it all in.

Ask the moms. 

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Being in contact with other moms is essential to our survival as a species – and I mean that both in the jokey way but also in an I’m-not- kidding-at- all way. None of us can do this on our own. Ask other moms (online or in person) what experiences they’ve had at this school, or that daycare, or with program you’re interested in. Ask for suggestions.

Pass by the school.

Walk, bike, or drive by the school. Do this in the morning, when people are going in.

Do it during the day, do it at pick up time. Notice what’s happening. Is there chaos? Trust your gut – do these adults look like they know what they’re doing? Would you be comfortable letting your kid loose here?

Tour the school.

Find a time when you can go to the school to tour it. When you’re touring, observe not just with your eyes, but with your instincts too. Hone in – remember your gut. Visually you’re looking for cleanliness, happy and engaged children, organization of toys and equipment, multiple adults paying attention to and/or moving around with children.

BE FLEXIBLE.

Allow yourself to be impressed or disappointed – especially if your expectation was to be impressed or disappointed. Remember that no school has rainbows shooting out of its roof, so don’t set your expectations impossibly high. On the flip side, if you feel uncomfortable with a place (even if everyone else says its wonderful) don’t choose that place. And if you do choose the wrong place, allow yourself the flexibility to switch.

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All Saints Episcopal Day School Summer 2016 Camp

All Saints Episcopal Day School Summer Camp

Register Today for One of Our Summer Camp Programs!

Early Childhood Camp (entering Nursery through Kindergarten)

Two weeks June 20-24 and June 27-July 1, 9am-1pm
Free Before Care from 8:30-9am; one week $300, two weeks $550

Come explore during our “Around the World Camp.” This year students will be exploring Asia, Antarctica and Australia through delicious cooking, wild world games, awesome art and more! We also have scheduled a visit from Guitar Bob and Mr. Hans’ Gym on Wheels.

Early Childhood Camp Half Day (entering PreK through Kindergarten)
June 20-24 and June 27-July 1, 9am-1:00pm, 
Free Before Care from 8:30-9am; one week $550, two weeks $1,000

All the benefits from Early childhood camp plus an extended day program! Prepare your child for our all day program with this awesome offering which will also include Super Soccer Stars, Crossfit and Ms. Eddie’s cooking and crafts.

Elementary and Middle School Camp (entering Grades 1-7)
June 20-24 and June 27-July 1

Free Before Care from 8:30-9am; 9am-3:30pm, Aftercare Available until 6:30 $20/day, $80/week

one week $550, two weeks $1,000

Extend the school year with two weeks of summer fun, including World Games, Cooking, Yoga, Trivia, and Art at All Saints Day Camp.  We are happy to announce that this year the theme, “Around The World,” will visit the continents of Asia (week 1) and Australia and Antarctica (week 2).  Camp will include tie-dying, group challenges, and weekly trips to Tomahawk Lake AND the Asbury Park Splash Ground, along with a handmade camp memory book.  A final group trivia game and slideshow will round out each week.

Art Camp for entering Grades 1 through 6

Week of August 8-12, 9am-3pm 
Free Before Care from 8:30-9am

Aftercare Available 3:30-6:30, $20/day, $80/week
$500 for the week

Taught by our very own Ms. Therres, this Camp is a must the young artist in your life. Explore figure drawing, painting out in nature, building kinetic sculptures and more! Students will also “step into an artwork,” exploring a painting from history and recreating it live. A trip to a local art studio will also be a part of our week. The cost for this camp includes all materials!

STEM Camp

We’re excited to offer a STEM camp this summer.  Your child will learn about circuits, robotics and much more!  They will even create wearable circuits that they can take home! It will be a week of exploration, innovation and creativity. Students will also spend time outside each day.

STEM camp is a full day, week-long program.  Students entering Grades 5 – 8 may enroll in the first week of camp; students entering Grades 1 – 4 may enroll in the second week of STEM camp.

Camp Dates:

July 11th – Week 1 Begins; open to students entering Grades 5-8

July 18th – Week 2 Begins; open to students entering Grades 1-4

Camp will begin at 8:30 AM each morning, with an option to register for before care starting at 8:00AM.  Aftercare is available for participating students and runs from 3:30PM – 6:30 PM.

The cost for the camp is $560. Before care if free; after care is $20/day’ $80/week

All Saints “Around the World” Summer Camp

Does your school get out early?  Before the Fourth of July weekend?  Well, extend the school year with two weeks of summer fun, including World Games, Cooking, Yoga, Trivia, and Art at All Saints Day Camp.  We are happy to announce that this year the theme, “Around The World,” will visit the continents of Asia (week 1) and Australia and Antarctica (week 2).  Camp will include tie-dying, group challenges to compete for points (to help you with the final group trivia at the end of the week), and weekly trips to Tomahawk Lake AND the Asbury Park Splash Ground, along with a handmade camp memory book.  A final group trivia game and slideshow will round out each week.

This camp is for students entering First Grade through Seventh Grade.  Each day, families should send their children to camp with a snack and lunch (unless otherwise noted on the daily schedule).  Each child will receive a camp t-shirt (week 1) that they will tie-dye (note all campers will get a t-shirt, but if they only come week 2 it will not be tie-dyed).

Camp begins at 8:30 each morning and ends at 3:30 each afternoon, with extended care available until 6:00pm for an additional charge.  At $1,000 for both weeks or $550 for a single week, and $20 per day and only $80 for the full week for aftercare, this summer camp is the most exciting, action-packed and cost-effective summer child care available.

QUESTIONS?  Contact Camp Directors

Ronnie Loving: [email protected]

Rachel Therres: [email protected]

 

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.

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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.

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

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

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

DAY CARE PROGRAM:

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

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/).

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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.

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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/

Related Blogs: Kiddie Academy, Hudson Montessori School, Hamilton Park Montessori School, Primary Prep, List of other schools

Back to School Readiness- 10 Tips to get you Ready for Back to School

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It is August and we are currently in the middle of a heat wave. Hectic shopping for back to school is the last thing you want to think about as a parent or the child. However it’s necessary to start not only shopping but preparing to reset your schedule for the school calendar and the first days of school.

As an educator for over 13 years, I love the “back to school’ feeling of watching students looking nervous about what’s to come and parents eagerly awaiting to meet the teacher of their children. Sometimes though the entire process may be overwhelming for all involved.  So as I research and review my top 10 tips, I came across some back to school tips offered by Kids.Gov that I would love to share.

10 Tips to Get You Ready for Back to School- Kids.Gov

1. Schedule time with teachers. Keep an open dialog with school staff to help your children thrive.

2. Get your shots. Some schools require immunization records for entry. Find out if your child needs any vaccines before school starts.

3. Ease into the school routine. A good night sleep is key to a successful school day. Preschoolers need 11-12 hours of sleep a night, school-age children need at least 10 hours, while teens need 9-10 hours.

4. Pack a healthy and safe lunch. Choose a balanced meal for your children’s lunchbox and make sure you keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. Low-income families may qualify for free and reduced price school meals.

5. Shop smart. Some states have sales tax holidays in August. Make a list, know what you need, and shop the sales. Knowing where the bargains are will help you save.

6. Talk to your kids about online safety. Identity theft, bullying or inappropriate behavior can happen online. Teach your children about online safety as use social media to connect with old and new friends at school.

7. Plan and practice how to get to school. If your kids’ school or school system provides bus transportation, find the nearest stop to your home and the pick-up and drop-off times. Teach your kids to be safe whether by car, bus, bicycle or walking.

8. Teach time management. Leisure time, sports, and “screen time” can interfere with homework. Keep your family’s schedule on time with these tips.

9. Make sure kids are insured. Your child could qualify for free or low-cost insurance through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

10. Listen to your kids. Anxiety and nerves can take over, so provide a safe environment at home and in the classroom. Talk to kids about bullying and what to do if they encounter it.

 

All in all, back to school readiness does not have to be too stressful. If you prepare  yourself appropriately you will have enough time to enjoy the last few weeks of summer.

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Cheers,

Nashima Harvey, Ed.M

Educational Consultant