Directory Schools

Education Guide: 2019-20

Written by Bianca kirschner

Picking the best school to send your child to can be stressful. With all of the options available, you want to make sure you make the right choice! Below is a list of private schools, charter schools, public schools and day cares in Jersey City & Hoboken! We also provide a few after school and summer camp resources!


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.



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, apartment lease, 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.


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.



  • 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.


Cordero Community School

158 Erie St, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 714-4390

Rafael de J. Cordero School – P.S. 37 is a public school located in Jersey City, NJ.

Waterfront Montessori 

150 Warren St #108, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 333-5600

Waterfront Montessori is a parent-founded, parent-run independent school for children from two years old through eighth grade.

The Brunswick School

189 Brunswick St, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 420-1550

The Brunswick School encourages its students to think and learn by utilizing various parts of the brain in order to become holistic learners. Loosely based on The Creative Curriculum, The Brunswick School educators use a diverse approach to educate our youth that encompasses logical/abstract thinking, creative outlets to fasten fundamental ideas, hands-on, student driven exploration and teacher-guided large group and small group instruction to provide a comprehensive curriculum for lifelong learners.

Academy of Excellence

159 2nd St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Academy of Excellence Preschool is enrolling for 2021/2022 Academic Year. Infants, toddlers and PreK grades. At Academy of excellence Preschool, they believe in nourishing each child & curiosity, by opening their mind to the endless world of possibilities before them. They make sure that every single one of their students is encouraged and guided to achieve their greatest potential. The school is known for turning mirrors into windows so that each child will have a solid foundation to see their path to success.

Call 201-963-5555 or email
[email protected]

Smart Start Academy 

Learning Centers:

  • 462 Central Ave Jersey City, NJ 07307
  • 532 Jersey Avenue Jersey City NJ, 07302

Phone: (201) 461-6363

Smart Start Academy is dedicated to bringing the best environment for learning and creativity to each student. Their full day programs have a curriculum that works to meet every learning style in a way to that nurtures every aspect of a child- the physical, emotional, intellectual and social.

Kiddie Academy 

255 Brunswick St, Jersey City – Phone: (201) 241-4443

Kiddie Academy is an educational daycare center exceeding expectations! Children will focus on learning while having fun. They provide family styles meals from their in-house chef who uses organic ingredients.

Hudson Montessori School

10 Regent St, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 516-0700
Hudson Montessori School was founded in 2009 and is an independent, school committed to providing the highest quality education to children, from ages 2 infancy through upper elementary school.

Hamilton Park Montessori School

1 McWilliams Pl #206, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 533-1910

Hamilton Park Montessori School educates children from infancy through eighth grade, following the vision of Maria Montessori, who was thrice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy of children and her work toward world peace.

Early Beginnings

340 Grove St, Jersey City, NJ 07302


As a leader in early childhood education and family development, Early Beginnings Day School is committed to developing innovative educational solutions.

The French American Academy

209 Third Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302 (201 338 8320)

The French American Academy strives to provide the highest educational standards with a bilingual, comprehensive curriculum in a safe and creative environment.They foster an atmosphere that promotes critical thinking, curiosity, enthusiasm and a strong work ethic.

Apple Montessori School

220 Sinatra Dr, Hoboken, NJ 07030 – Phone: (201) 222-1464

The Apple Montessori School’s method is designed to constantly build upon the individual skills and knowledge the child is acquiring, at every age level.

Tessa International School

720 Monroe St Suite E105-106, Hoboken, NJ 07030 – Phone: (201) 755-5585

At Tessa International School, children are introduced to other languages and cultures in order to enhance their cultural awareness; they are bilingual and culturally adaptable.

The Embankment School

255 Brunswick St #2, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 898-5437

Nurturing curious, inquisitive and entrepreneurial minds is the cornerstone of The Embankment School’s approach. The Embankment School seeks first and foremost to foster and cultivate each student’s love of learning and inspire understanding from self-driven experimentation, examination, and investigation.

Bergen-Lafayette Montessori School

324 Communipaw Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304 – Phone: (201) 706-3403

Bergen-Lafayette Montessori School is a dual-language (Spanish / English) preschool, kindergarten, and lower elementary school offering an affordable, high-quality education for children 18 months – 9 years old.

Garden Preschool Cooperative

242 10th St, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 309-0440

The Garden Preschool Cooperative (GPC) is a parent-run nonprofit preschool that seeks to provide high-quality progressive early childhood education in a nurturing atmosphere.

Mustard Seed School

422 Willow Avenue, Hoboken, NJ 07030- Phone: 201-653-5548

Mustard Seed School is a progressive, arts-infused, Christian school for PK-8th grade in Hoboken, NJ. Our curriculum focuses on academics, arts, faith, and service to educate the whole child.

Smile Pre School

194 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302- Phone: (201) 963-8533

Smile Preschool provides a secure, learning and nurturing environment for your children. Not only will your child learn the ABC’s and 123’s but they will also learn honesty, respect and self-reliance.


British Swim School

389 Washington St, #31K – Phone: (201) 676-3630

The British Swim School has been teaching water survival and swim lessons to over 13,000 nationwide. Babies from 3 months old to adults have the opportunity to participate in classes all over Hudson County.

AlphaMinds Academy 

Boys and Girls Club of Hudson County: 225 Morris Blvd Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: 201) 844-8535

AlphaMinds Academy, located in Jersey City and Hoboken, is an enrichment program that provides students of all ages and abilities the chance to pursue academic interests in a fun, creative atmosphere.

Tonal Arts Music Center

47B Harrison St, Hoboken, NJ 07030 – Phone: (973) 665-2051

Founded on the belief that musical training can have a positive impact on many different areas of life, Tonal Arts Music Center is dedicated to providing quality, focused, results-oriented lessons to students of all ages.

Zaniac(Location Closed)

125 1st St, Jersey City, NJ 07302 -Phone: (201) 360-2450

Zaniac is an after school and summer camp STEAM-enrichment (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) program. This program is for children grades K-8 and your child will enjoy learning in a high-tech environment filled with friends!

Luna De Papel

321 Communipaw Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304 


Luna de Papel (paper moon) is a crafting workshop. They offer crafting and DIY classes and workshops for adults and children of all ages. It is a place where all can test the bounds of their imagination in an environment you can enjoy. They also have a ton of after school programs.




357 3rd St (At Brunswick Ave), Jersey City, NJ 07302

Code Wiz is a modern STEM learning center in Jersey City, NJ where kids 7-17 learn to code, build robots and learn critical problem-solving skills! They have courses for kids ages 5 – 18.

JEI Learning Center

140 Bay St. Jersey CityNJ07302
JEI Learning Center is one of the country’s top academic enrichment programs. The early childhood education centers offer customized programs designed to help students excel in their classrooms, year-round.



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