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Princeton NJ Schools Guide

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Stuart Country Day School


(609) 921-2330

Open House: Oct 20

Stuart is an independent K-12 school in Princeton, founded in 1963, just for girls. We believe that in developing the mind, body and spirit together, a Stuart education produces young women leaders who think critically, creatively and ethically. Our challenging curriculum takes advantage of the way girls learn in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math—as well as the arts, humanities and athletics. Stuart graduates go on to become confident, intelligent and articulate agents for positive change in our world. Girls may enter Stuart at all grade levels, depending on space availability. We also have a co-ed preschool and junior kindergarten program. Visit www.stuartschool.org for more information.

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The Laurel School of Princeton


609-566-6000

2019 Open Houses: 9/24 & 10/15 - The Laurel School of Princeton is excited to announce the expansion to high school this year — we are now accepting applications for our first graduating class of 2023! Specializing in educating students with language-based learning differences such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia, Laurel School provides individualized instruction and support to meet the unique learning challenges of our students. At Laurel, all of our students learn differently – so no one is "pulled out" of class for support – needs are met in the classroom with their peers. By celebrating and validating the strengths of their dyslexic minds, Laurel students are confident, curious, and they love to come to school each day. Applications are accepted year-round. To learn more or schedule a tour, visit www.laurelschoolprinceton.org/admissions

Princeton Day School


609.924.6700

Open House Dates: Pre-K-4th - 10/25, 12/12, Middle School - 11/12, Upper School - 11/17.

Princeton Day School's mission is to nurture the mind, the body, and the character of each student. Our coeducational, college-prepatory day school offers students a creative and challenging academic experience within an intimate, supportive learning environment. The classes are small and instruction personalized, and the school itself creates a strong sense of community. We enroll approximately 950 students from PreK through twelfth grade, and are located on a 106-acre campus two miles from the center of Princeton. Please contact us for information about our application process and our strong need-based financial aid program. Opportunities of a Lifetime. Every Day.

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Solebury School


215-862-5261

Open House: October 20

Solebury School is a coed, college preparatory, boarding and day school, for 235 students in grades 7-12. Students may board beginning in 9th grade. Our small size, the individual attention we give our students and the deep mutual respect between faculty and students are the cornerstones of our success. Honors and AP courses, an ESL program for International students, a Learning Skills program, and a full range of arts, athletics and activities make our program distinct. Solebury's beautiful 90-acre campus is located on Phillips Mill Road, two and one half miles north of New Hope, in the heart of historic Bucks County, Pennsylvania, mid-way between New York City and Philadelphia.

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Notre Dame High School


609-882-7900

Open House 10/24 @7pm

Located on 100 beautiful acres in Central New Jersey, just across the river from Bucks County, PA, Notre Dame High School prepares young men and women for lives of purpose built upon a foundation of Catholic faith with a commitment of service to others. At Notre Dame, new science lab facilities, film studio and wireless environment enhance the ever expanding curriculum. The faculty engages students as they learn research and writing techniques in a broad range of courses, such as Etymology, Media Literacy and Mass Communication - students come to know the global world in the 21st century. Come to excel. At Notre Dame, SAT, ACT and AP scores are well above the national average, and 99% of our graduating seniors go on to higher education, including some of the nation’s finest colleges and universities, carrying millions of dollars in scholarships with them.

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George School


215-579-6500

Open House Oct. 27

George School is a Quaker, co-ed boarding and day school for students in grades 9 to 12. Located on a beautiful 240-acre campus, George School is an experienced leader in education, offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma program and an array of advanced placement (AP) courses. Whether through robotics, stagecraft, ceramics, or philosophy, students are challenged through a rigorous yet personalized curriculum. Students participate in athletics and physical wellness classes in state of the art facilities, and we also offer an equestrian program. Our goal is to inspire our students to seek their authentic selves and to provide them with a well-rounded preparation for life. Our graduates enter the world confident and capable leaders rooted in self-awareness, self-sufficiency. With our comprehensive college counseling program, our graduates attend the most selective colleges and universities worldwide.

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The Bridge Academy


609-844-0770

The Bridge Academy is a private, non-profit school approved by the state of New Jersey for students with language-based learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, auditory processing and ADHD. It is the only accredited Orton-Gillingham program in New Jersey. The school serves students ages 8-18 of average or higher intellectual potential and strives to empower students to bridge the gap between potential and performance. The Bridge Academy uses research-based, classroom-proven techniques taught by experienced professionals to help students thrive in school and achieve academic success. A summer program is also available. Currently 68 students are enrolled from 24 different school districts in New Jersey and from nearby towns in Pennsylvania. Please call 609-844-0770 or bridgeacademynj.org for more information.

French American School of Princeton


609-430-3001


The French American School & International Middle School is an independent school offering a bilingual education from Preschool (3yrs old) through 8th grade. Students, families, staff and teachers at FASP come from around the world, and is one of the most nationally, culturally, and linguistically diverse if not the most diverse school in the Princeton area. Learning in a bilingual environment is a valuable asset in a society where communication is essential. Being exposed to many cultures and learning to respect them is a formative experience for children in a world where cultures are more than ever in contact. Learn why bilingual education will set your child on the right path to thrive in tomorrow’s world.

Cambridge School


609-730-9553


Cambridge School, K-12, in Pennington, NJ, (Princeton area) is an independent special education school for children who have been diagnosed with language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia, ADHD, and auditory processing disorder. Our program is built on evidence-based research and emphasizes critical thinking, problem-solving, executive function, and metacognitive skills. Students with language-based learning differences require individualized attention, and Cambridge offers a curriculum that is specifically designed to help students overcome their challenges. Cambridge believes in providing a comprehensive program that supports the whole child by offering dynamic visual and performing arts programs, an athletics program, and a variety of extracurricular clubs. Our campus is located in the Princeton, NJ area, though our students come from all over New Jersey and parts of Pennsylvania, particularly Bucks County.

YingHua International School


609-375-8015

Open Houses: 9/28, 10/19, 11/9, 3/7/20

YingHua International School (YHIS) offers an English-Chinese dual language education with an internationally-focused, inquiry-based curriculum. YHIS is also the third school in the United States which offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Year Program with whole-school Chinese immersion. YHIS enables ethnically diverse students from as young as 2 years old through 8th grade, to develop the skills and mindset needed to become leaders in an increasingly global world. Through exposure at an early age to a language-immersive environment, combined with International Baccaulareate and inquiry-based learning, YHIS students gain the deeply rooted cognitive benefits that stay with them well into adulthood. While many parents are initially drawn to YHIS for Chinese immersion, they often stay because of its ability to foster independence and self-reliance while instilling critical thinking skills and academic excellence.

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The Pennington School


609-737-1838

Open House: 10/20/19

The Pennington School is an independent, coeducational school for 525 students in grades 6 through 12, with both day and boarding programs. The current student body represents over 40 countries, and about 30% receive financial assistance. The challenging and innovative curriculum is college preparatory, with a strong emphasis on fostering the development of the whole student through academics, athletics, community service, and the creative and performing arts. Pennington offers two, two-year special certificate programs in Global Studies and Applied Science. There are also small, selective programs for international students and for bright students with language-based learning differences. Faculty members are noted for their dedication to the learning process of all students, and for honoring the varied perspectives of the diverse student body, which contribute to the entire educational experience.

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YWCA Princeton


609-497-2100

At YWCA Princeton's Young Wonders Child Development Center – we believe in empowering and educating children. Our research-based curriculum is taught with hands-on lessons that engage cognitive, linguistic, physical, and social-emotional development in children ages 8 weeks to 6 years old. As a non-profit dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering women, we also place a great deal of emphasis on exposing our students to various languages, cultures, and traditions. Children between the ages of 2 and 6 may be enrolled in our bilingual nursery school, which teaches English and Spanish as a second language. Anti-bullying workshops for our students and workshops for parents throughout the year are offered. Swimming lessons are included in tuition, and other enrichment programs such as dance and music are available for an additional fee. We are currently working with Grow NJ to receive a star rating, which is designed to help access and improve child care programs.

Chapin School


609-924-2449

Open House Nov 3

Chapin School welcomes students who are curious, engaged learners whose families value our belief that lifelong habits of mind and heart are formed in the elementary and middle school years. Chapin provides a richly textured education that inspires academic achievement and builds strength of character. At Chapin, all of our efforts and resources are dedicated to early childhood, elementary and middle school learning experiences that are the foundation of future success. We believe this focused approach gives our students advantages by providing more leadership opportunities in developmentally appropriate ways, inspiring them to take academic risks, and develop their sense of community. The Chapin "C's" become an intrinsic part of each Chapin student through a continual focus on Character, Curriculum and Community.

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CKW Academy Year-Round Language Arts Programs


732-514-7373


CKW Writing Academy's Summer Programs helps students develop a love of reading, writing, and vocabulary. We also have a NEW 6-week children's journalism class called "The Art of New Media and Real News". Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary, and Journalism courses will help your child reach their goals while building confidence along the way. In the Comprehensive Writing Studio young students focus on Emerging Reading, Emerging Writing, Emerging Vocabulary while kids in grades 1-6 concentrate on Vocabulary, grammar & punctuation, writing, reading. Middle schoolers will focus on advanced reading, comprehension/grammar, high school prep and High Schoolers will focus on college prep, SAT, ACT, high school curriculum support. Our STEM partner offers Singapore-style Math instruction in all of our locations. After school and weekend hours available in Cranbury, Kendall Park, and Skillman.

Princeton Montessori School


609-924-4594


Princeton Montessori School, founded in 1968, is an independent, coeducational day school dedicated to the highest quality education of children, offering programs for infants through 8th grade. We are dedicated to igniting a passion for learning and nurturing the potential in each child in accordance with the principles of the Montessori philosophy. It is our mission to promote intrinsic motivation, independence, social responsibility, and a love of learning so that as global citizens, our students can lead fulfilling lives and work to better the world. Authorized by The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) for students aged 11-16, our graduates are confident, competent and well-prepared for success in life. Princeton Montessori School continues to provide children from the greater Princeton area with the very best in Montessori education.Tours weekdays by appointment.

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Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart


609-921-6499

Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart is an independent school for boys in Kindergarten through Grade 8. Our mission is to develop young men with active and creative minds, a sense of understanding and compassion for others, and the courage to act on their beliefs. We educate the whole boy in mind, body and spirit. A rigorous, inquiry-based, hands-on academic program joins unparalleled character development and a wide variety of arts, athletics and co-curriculars to provide an ideal learning environment for boys. Creative. Compassionate. Courageous. We bring out the best in boys.

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Princeton Junior School


609 924-8126


Princeton Junior School's expertise in students from age 2 through Grade 5 creates globally-minded, empowered and joyful learners. Our International Baccalaureate curriculum launches a life-long journey of inquiry, action and reflection. PJS scholars learn to be principled, open-minded communicators with rich academic strengths and strong character traits. Our light-filled schoolhouse is exposed to the natural world, ensuring that students feel a connection to the outdoors and providing an ideal backdrop for our acclaimed environmental studies program, Learning Through Landscapes. PJS is an IB World School, a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and accredited by the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools (NJAIS). Private tours available Monday-Thursday 8am -12pm.

The Hill School


610-326-1000

Open House: Oct 26

The Hill School is a coeducational independent boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and post-graduates. Founded in 1851, Hill is a small and close learning community—a place where our reputation for academic excellence is based upon a challenging and expansive curriculum rooted in a strong liberal arts legacy; a faculty of highly qualified, dedicated teachers and advisers; and a structured atmosphere that blends high expectations with meaningful support. Faculty and students from around the country and the world live and learn together - they treat each other as family and form lifelong friendships. As a school, we value principles of honesty, genuineness, empathy, respectfulness, and kindness; character is not so much taught as lived, as represented in the School’s motto, “Whatsoever things are true.”

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The Hun School Of Princeton


609.921.7600


Middle & Upper School Open House: Oct 6, 2019

THE HUN SCHOOL OF PRINCETON is a joyful, striving community of learners and teachers who want to experience something profound every day: that sweet spot between challenging academics that push our brains and the personal endeavors that soar our hearts. This is what we call "a balanced equation"—a thoughtful way of teaching that brings out the best in our students and best prepares them for life. Middle School, Upper School and post-graduate programs comprise a student body of 640, representing a diverse blend of nationalities, races, religions, and traditions.

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The Wilberforce School


609-924-6111

Wine and Cheese Social and Open House, Oct. 17 (7-9pm) / Open Classrooms, Oct. 10, Oct. 31, Nov. 14, Dec. 12 (8:30-10am)

Wilberforce provides a spiritually nourishing and rigorous education for children from pre-K through 12th grade. We know that formation happens during all the hours that students spend in school, and we are intentional in creating an environment where your children will be formed as lifelong learners, with good habits of life and faith as well as study. Our students receive a distinctively Christian education, with methods proven to produce academic excellence; our classes are taught at a grade level ahead, and all students are guided along this accelerated track. Students are welcomed into a joyful community of learners that instills in them a sense of wonder and depth of inquiry, and provides opportunities to explore new things and grow.

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Princeton String Academy


609-751-7664


Princeton String Academy offers instrument instruction for violin, viola and cello for students in the greater Princeton area, with teaching studios in both Princeton and West Windsor. Started in 2005, our program is designed for the highest levels of achievement through our selective faculty and performance based teaching. Students partake in both individual and ensemble instruction with multiple performances each year. Students are also strongly encouraged to enter local and regional competitions with our training. The program is based on the Suzuki method of Talent Education, which is predicated on teaching music in the natural way a child learns a language, through listening and repeating, and strongly encourages parental involvement. Students as young as three years of age through high school form the core of our teaching and our program also caters to adults.

Nassau Nursery School


609-924-0566


As a cooperative nursery school celebrating more than fifty years of service to the broader Princeton community, Nassau Nursery School continues to be deeply committed to the nurturing of the whole child; to the emotional, physical, social and cognitive growth of each student, everyday. Nassau Nursery embraces a love of learning and a curiosity of the world through both traditional cognitive learning approaches and interactive play. Through creative daily curriculum and extensive special program offerings (including yoga, music, art, interactive science, field trips and more), the school provides a uniquely inspiring and nurturing learning environment for young preschool through junior kindergarten aged children. Accepting applications for the 2013/2014 school year now!

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The New School For Music Study


609-921-2900

Open House August 29

The New School for Music Study is one of the country's leading centers in piano education and provides a variety of programs and classes for piano students. Our school is conveniently located in the Princeton area of central New Jersey, offering piano lessons for students from Princeton, Plainsboro, East Windsor, West Windsor, Kingston and other surrounding communities.

Buckingham Friends School


215-794-7491

2019 Open Houses 10/29, 11/9

Buckingham Friends School (BFS) is a coed Quaker school for full-day kindergarten through grade 8. On its 44-acre wooded campus in Lahaska PA, students have time for exploration and creative play. Quaker values are woven throughout the program with an emphasis on collaboration, exploration, and experiential learning.

At BFS, students are encouraged to think deeply, reflect thoughtfully, resolve conflicts peacefully, and play exuberantly. As a result, they are known for their confidence, their self-possession, and their ability to articulate their thinking both orally and in writing. Signature programs include rich arts offerings - art, wood-shop, music, and theater. Since 1991, BFS has been part of a cross-cultural and international JEM (Joint Environmental Mission) program with partner schools in Russia, India, China, Australia, Ecuador, Hawaii, Kenya and France.

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Blawenburg Village School


609-466-6600


Blawenburg Village School (BVS) is a licensed, non-profit preschool for children ages 2 - 6 in the Montgomery, Princeton, Hopewell and surrounding area. BVS is rooted in the Christian faith and practice of the Blawenburg Reformed Church. Open to all faiths, the preschool seeks to nurture the social, developmental, emotional and spiritual lives of children. With our small class sizes and low student-to-teacher ratios, our qualified teachers and staff work diligently to meet each child's individual developmental needs. In addition to our half-day preschool/nursery school program, we offer afternoon enrichment, a tutoring program, Mom's Morning Out, parent/child classes, summer camps and a monthly Kids' Night Out. Schedule a tour online by visiting www.blawenburgvillageschool.com/schedule-a-tour.

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Villa Victoria Academy


609-882-1700

Villa Victoria Academy is a private, independent Catholic school for girls. Accepting applications in grades 6 to 12 for the 2019-2020 school year.

Fall Open House: October 19, 2019, Spring Open House: April 18, 2020

Since 1933, Villa Victoria has nurtured young women into smart, strong, confident women. Through limited class enrollment and a focus on the specific learning style of young women, Villa strives to meet each student's needs and to develop her God-given abilities. In the classroom, on the stage, in the laboratory or on the athletic field, each student grows as an individual while serving an important role in the Villa family. Villa graduates are known for their integrity, confidence, and unmatched character. They attend top colleges and universities and earn an average of $250,000 in scholarships per student.

Wavelength


(415) 758-1436


Wavelength helps organizations who have valuable alumni communities and want to do more with them. Specifically, Wavelength provides an enhanced alumni directory that connects alumni to each other and their organization. Wavelength combines an organization’s data with the latest publicly available information about each person, making it immediately useful. Wavelength's data means 70% of your members are on the platform from day one. You don't have to spend hours onboarding people. On the platform, alumni can search for other members, update their information, and donate to their organizations. Similarly, administrators can accept donations, send targeted emails, and access updated data.

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