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The Waldo School in Jersey City

The Waldo School

 The Waldo School in Jersey City

The Waldo School sets the standard for leading private education since 2010 for children ages 2 through 13 across two locations. PreK 2 through PreK 4 students are housed in our Waldo Preschool location at 125 1st Street, Jersey City, and Kindergarten through 8th Grade students are housed in our Waldo School location at 110 1st Street, Jersey City.

Their school is proud to be an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School offering the Primary Years Program (PYP). The IB is a prestigious academic organization based out of Geneva, Switzerland, that offers programs for elementary, middle, and high school students. 

What inspired you to open The Waldo School?

The inspiration to open World of ABC, The Waldo School came from the need and desire to offer all the children quality education, to develop well-rounded citizens who are able to discover and pursue their own unique talents. To ensure this, our school offers a strong enrichment program. Our curriculum includes foreign language twice a week (Spanish), robotics and programming, physical education, fine arts, music, and chess. In addition, students who are highly interested in specific subjects or activities are able to participate in a range of after school extracurricular activities, including:

  • The Arts: Broadway Musicals, Ballet, Bollywood dance, Drawing, Clay and Pottery, Choir, Private music lessons, Public Speaking
  • STEM: Robotics Club, Mathematics Club, Science Club
  • Sports: Swimming (in our private, on-site swimming pool), Basketball, Soccer, Fencing, Tennis, Cheerleading 

As they grow through our school, students with a strong aptitude and interest in specific areas are then invited to participate in various school teams, including the Robotics Team, Science Team, Chess Team, and Mathematics Team. Team members work to prepare for various local, state, and even national level competitions, including FIRST Lego League, Math Kangaroo, Math League, and the Science Olympiad. Students have won the Innovation Award and Alliance Award for FIRST Lego League, placed within the top ten nationally in the Math Kangaroo contest, participated in the US National Math League competition after progressing through local qualifiers and state championships, and have placed in multiple local and state level chess tournaments.

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What kind of curriculum do you follow & how is it different from other schools in the area?

We are an International Baccalaureate Accredited World School offering the Primary Years Program (PYP). The PYP aims to develop students who respect and care for others, who understand both the differences and the commonalities among people all around the world, and are committed to creating a better and more peaceful world. 

In order to develop these internationally-minded students, the PYP ascribes to a specific teaching model and philosophy that The Waldo School has in turn adopted. We believe that students must take an active role in the learning process. Students ask questions about topics that are relevant to them and others around the world, engage in authentic research, think critically, collaborate with their peers to gain new perspectives, and learn to present their findings in effective ways. Our experienced and qualified teachers guide students towards the resources needed (including planning field trips or inviting guest speakers) and design differentiated learning engagements to answer students’ driving questions. Teachers play a fundamental role in not only helping students to learn new concepts and ideas, but also to develop important communication, thinking, research, self-management, and social skills.

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Within each IB world school, high importance is placed upon the core subject areas, which include language arts (reading and writing); mathematics; science, and social studies. Each subject is taught with a high level of rigor, and combined with our small class sizes and individualized learning approach, students are challenged and supported appropriately. 

Integral to our school is also our commitment to encouraging our students to take action and make a difference in the world around them. Embedded into our lessons and unit themes are real-world connections to help inspire students to reflect on their actions and make the best choices, and identify problems and collaborate together to design solutions. Example projects that students have engaged in include learning why water conservation is important to the health of our planet and then creating posters to communicate this to the rest of the school community, engaging in local food, clothing and toy drives after learning about the different experiences and needs of other people, or simply learning about social justice and equality issues and making a commitment to change their mindsets.

To help meet the needs of our families, our school offers various program timings. PreK 2 and PreK 3 are able to participate in the Half-Day (8:30 am – 12:30 pm), Full-Day (8:30 am – 3:30 pm), or Extended Day (7:30 am – 6:00 pm) program, and PreK 4 through 8th Grade students may choose between the Full-Day or Extended Day program. 

       

What extracurricular activities do you offer?

Our students are able to participate in a range of after school extracurricular activities besides the activities already included in the daily curriculum, including:

  • The Arts: Broadway Musicals, Ballet, Bollywood dance, Drawing, Clay and Pottery, Choir, Private music lessons, Public Speaking
  • STEM: Robotics Club, Mathematics Club, Science Club
  • Sports: Swimming (in our private, on-site swimming pool), Basketball, Soccer, Fencing, Tennis, Cheerleading


What is the student/teacher ratio in your school?

Our schools offer programs to students from Prek2 to 8th grade with the following ratio:

1:6 in Pre-K

1:10-12 in KG & Up

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Do you have early drop off and aftercare options available?

Our school day runs from 7.30am -6.00pm. Parents with children enrolled in the shorter programs can always choose to do early drop off or late pick up between the above hours.

Do you provide an option for catered lunch?

We provide all-natural and healthy snacks and lunches to all of our preschool students included in the monthly tuition to help make your daily planning just a little easier. As students reach Kindergarten and up, parents can send the lunch in or they can order from our caterer, and lunches are delivered daily warm to our schools. We take into consideration allergies and dietary restrictions.

Do you offer summer camp programs?

In addition to our core academic year, which runs from September through June, our school also offers two summer camp programs, one for preschoolers and another for Kindergarten and up. Both programs are focused on STEAM – science, technology and robotics, engineering, arts, and mathematics. Each program is filled with themed hands-on projects and experiments, but also incorporate summer fun, such as water play, crafts and sports. Our summer camp programs are open to all children, including those not currently enrolled in our regular school year program, and we always recommend it to new students to are starting in September to help with their transition into the school. You can find details about the program on our website www.WorldofABC.com.

What makes you different from other schools in the area?

The WALDO School sets the standard for leasing for private education since 2010 for children ages 2 to 13 years old across 2 locations. Prek2 through Prek4 students are housed in our Preschool location at 125 1st street, Jersey City NJ and kindergarten through 8th grade are housed in our 110 1st Street, Jersey City location. We offer an accredited international IB curriculum and we make sure our students learn in a happy and healthy environment getting a well-rounded experience. We are also blessed with an amazing team of teachers that put their heart and soul into everything they do.

What would you like to say to our families?

We invite all families to learn even more about us by visiting our schools! We conduct either in-person or virtual private tours for families on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:00 and 5:00 pm. We also encourage families to start the application process by visiting our website, www.worldofabc.com, and submitting the application for enrollment. We offer admissions on a rolling basis throughout the year and respond promptly to families within three business days to confirm availability and next steps. 

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