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Princeton NJ Schools Guide

An updated and complete listing of Princeton area public schools, private schools, pre-schools, alternative learning programs, educational programs and services, special needs, Adult education, SAT/ACT prep, recreational activities, after-school activities, informative articles, business listings, Open houses, kids party ideas, schools from the surrounding area, helpful links, and more!


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Stuart Country Day School


(609) 921-2330

Open House Oct 16, 2022

Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart is a leading PreK to grade 12 private school in Princeton, NJ dedicated to the education of girls. Stuart is uniquely positioned to provide an environment where girls shine, are willing and able to take risks, and explore every opportunity. Through a highly personalized and academically rigorous curriculum with nurturing and expert faculty who know girls well, Stuart girls graduate as compassionate and empowered global citizens who are driven to be forces of change in our world. Stuart also has a co-ed preschool program. Visit stuartschool.org for more information. Visit www.stuartschool.org for more information.

     Catholic Schools     Mommy & Me     Preschools     Private Schools     Religious Schools  

Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart


609-921-6499


2022 Open Houses - Oct 8 and Nov 19

Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart is an independent school for boys in Kindergarten through Grade 8. At Princeton Academy, we believe that #HeCanBe creative when he is given the time and space to explore, compassionate when he discovers the good within himself and courageous when his full potential is realized. Through transformational experiences, dynamic academic endeavors, and devotion to character development guided by the Sacred Heart Goals and Criteria, we bring out the best in boys. Learn more about Princeton Academy here: www.princetonacademy.org.

     Catholic Schools     Private Schools  

Princeton Day School


609.924.6700


Top-tier independent school offers PreK-12 co-ed learning experience for day students on a 106-acre campus five minutes from downtown Princeton. Student-led leadership programs and demonstrable diversity, equity and inclusion practices fuel our mission to nurture the mind, body and character of each student. Depth of learning, skills acquisition and innovative problem-solving define our expertly facilitated STEAM, arts and humanities programs, sports and extracurriculars. LEED-certified 30,000+ sq. ft. new athletic center, REx science independent study program, top Model UN, Energy & Climate Scholars, Jacobson Music Scholars program and more.

Register for an event! pds.org/admission/welcome

     Preschools     Private Schools  

French American School of Princeton


609-430-3001

Open Classroom Oct 12 and Fall Open House Nov 12

The French American School of Princeton (FASP) is an independent, coeducational school offering a bilingual education in both English and French, with a third language, Spanish, introduced at the Middle School level. Our bilingual program extends to students in Preschool (3 years old) through 8th grade. The FASP community provides a diverse, welcoming, and caring environment that fosters students' confidence, tolerance and personal growth. Beyond language skills, FASP students develop a global understanding of the world, making them open-minded, creative and better problem-solvers. At FASP, students become independent and critical thinkers who are well-prepared to experience the world around them.

Cambridge School


609-730-9553


Children who learn differently deserve a school where they can thrive. For over 20 years, Cambridge School, in Pennington, NJ, has been that place, an extraordinary school that specializes in learning differences like dyslexia, dysgraphia and ADHD. Our accomplished staff of teachers are language specialists utilizing a student-centered approach that provides a personalized, yet comprehensive educational experience. The result? Students increase their learning skills, gain confidence, and learn they can thrive. 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. Discover how your child can thrive at www.thecambridgeschool.org or call us at 609-730-9553.

     Dyslexia     Private Schools     Special Education  

The Lewis School Of Princeton


609-924-8120


Founded in 1973, The Lewis School is among the earliest groups of educators in the country to innovate, develop and implement curriculum-wide multisensory education, science-based student assessments, and neuroscience-based teacher training within a structured and nurturing traditional school environment. The School’s philosophy is best described by its founder, Marsha Lewis, "At The Lewis School, learning problems are understood, not as disabilities, but as differences: the expression of remarkable and diverse capacities of human thinking and perceptions. The purpose of a Lewis School education is to prepare students, who may struggle with language-based learning issues related to dyslexia, attention deficit and auditory processing, to thrive academically, as they learn to restore the confidence and self-esteem they need to achieve their scholastic and personal best.”

     Dyslexia     Private Schools     STEM     Special Education  

George School


215-579-6500


A global school with local roots, George School is a Quaker, co-ed boarding and day high school in Newtown, PA. Convenient to New York City and Philadelphia, the school is located on a picturesque campus of open lawns and beautiful woods. George School is a leader in education, offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma program and nearly 20 Advanced Placement courses. The arts and coursework in science, robotics, and mathematics are signature elements of a George School education.

George School graduates attend the most selective colleges and universities worldwide, and become confident and capable leaders rooted in self-awareness, self-sufficiency, and the ability to listen deeply to others. Contact admission@georgeschool.org, call 215.579.6547, or visit www.georgeschool to learn more about applying to George School.

     Boarding Schools     Private Schools  

The Bridge Academy


609-844-0770

2022/2023 Open Houses: 11/8, 1/10, 2/14, 3/14,4/4, 5/9

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.

     Dyslexia     Private Schools     Special Education  

Waldorf School Of Princeton


609-466-1970


Education begins with knowing children, so they can learn to know themselves, and grow to know their way.

At the Waldorf School of Princeton, a human approach to education is at the heart of the school's curriculum and programs. Our caring and masterful teachers draw on their expertise in child development to come to know the unique nature of each child. They carefully craft an engaging, interdisciplinary curriculum - balancing the academic, the artistic, and the practical - that invites students to connect to themselves, to each other, and to the world around them. Through the experiences of this unique curriculum and the challenges it offers, our students develop the real skills that lead to creative and innovative futures. We welcome you to visit our school and 20+ acres of campus that serve as an extension of the classrooms.

Preschool - 8th Grade. Learn more at www.princetonwaldorf.org

     Preschools     Private Schools  

The Laurel School of Princeton


609- 566-6000


By acknowledging the strengths, talents, and brilliance of students who learn differently, the Laurel School of Princeton empowers students to discover their unique educational and social/emotional path. We provide individualized instruction and support to meet the unique learning challenges of students using evidence-based educational approaches to teach students with language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, executive function, and ADHD. Laurel students are confident, curious, and they love to come to school every day. We inspire hope, cease frustration, and instill a sense of independence and self-advocacy. We also help them initiate, nurture, and maintain friendships and life skills. Rolling admissions makes it easy to join throughout the school year. Applications are currently being accepted. Learn more or schedule a tour, visit www.laurelschoolprinceton.org/admissions

Chapin School


609-924-2449


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.

     Preschools     Private Schools  

Newtown Friends School


215-968-2225


Newtown Friends School is a private independent school serving pre-kindergarten through eighth grade students in historic Newtown, PA. We give students throughout Bucks County and nearby New Jersey communities an exceptional academic foundation, stimulating enrichment opportunities, and an affirming campus community that builds confidence and inspires a love for learning. Students and their parents find Newtown Friends to be a place of warmth and acceptance where they can truly feel at home.

Open to families of all faiths, Newtown Friends School embodies the timeless Quaker traditions of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship — values that prepare our students to make a difference in the world.

     Preschools     Private Schools  

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 strive to ignite a passion for learning and to nurture the potential in each child, according to the values and 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.

     Preschools     Private Schools  

CKW Academy Year-Round Language Arts Programs


732-514-7373


CKW Writing Academy will offer on-site classes in all location for 2021 - 2022. The Academy also offers private and semi-private online classes. Click HERE for the Fall 2021 schedule.

CKW Writing Academy is a year-round English Language Arts program designed to help students develop a love of language arts – teaching reading, grammar, vocabulary, journalism, and public speaking for students grades 2nd through 12th. CKW Writing Academy also publishes City Kidz World literary magazine. CKW Writing Academy courses are available to students in grades 2nd through 12th. High school students also have the option of focusing on college prep, SAT, ACT, and high school curriculum support.

YWCA Princeton


609-497-2100

The Burke Foundation Early Childhood Center at YWCA Princeton provides high-quality, high-impact childcare and early education for children ages 8 weeks to 6 years old. All classrooms incorporate bilingual learning, and we implement a learning curriculum that targets cognitive, linguistic, physical, and social-emotional development. And we're a proud partner of Princeton Public Schools with 3 Pre-K classrooms through the Preschool Expansion Program. Visit our website to learn more about out program, fees and financial aid, COVID-19 safety protocols, and watch our video tour to find out Y the W makes the difference in early childcare and education: www.ywcaprinceton.org/programs/childcare-princeton/

Princeton Basketball Club


609-360-5522


Princeton Basketball Club is ready for spring 2022 with registrations now open for Spring AAU & Travel Team tryouts for Girls 7th & 8th Grade and High School as well as Boys currently in or entering 7th, 8th and 9th grades this fall. An affiliate of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), PBC was formed to provide a competitive basketball experience in the Princeton area with Gold-Licensed USA Basketball Coach Clarence White. We focus on player development through practice sessions, skills and drills in group training & private lessons. Boys & girls programs are offered for grades 4-8 as well. Register today - www.princetonbasketballclub.net/news-and-announcements.html

Cedar Hill Prep School


732-356-5400


Cedar Hill Prep School serves Somerset County and the surrounding areas, providing families with an educational option that prioritizes collaborative culture and distributive leadership. The scope of our curriculum and the detailed focus which our instructors bring to each subject enable our students to carry their experience here with them for years to come. CHP curriculum is carefully designed to provide visible learning outcomes. We evaluate student performance, benchmark it against the curriculum, and are constantly making changes to improve understanding. Students of CHP have consistently been in the top 10 percentile of the nation and we continue to pride ourselves on this outcome. To learn more or to arrange a personal tour, please visit www.cedarhillprep.com or contact us at 732.356.5400, x32.

Princeton Nursery School


609-921-8606


Princeton Nursery School has been providing quality preschool programming and childcare for families in need for 93 years! Within its diverse environment, the NAEYC accredited school with a 4-star quality rating from Grow NJ Kids, welcomes children aged 2.5-6 years old. There are offerings from 7:30am-5:30pm and a nutritious breakfast, lunch and snack are included daily. Located in the historic Witherspoon-Jackson community, each classroom has experienced and qualified bilingual staff to help nurture your child. Our school utilizes a curriculum designed to support each and every child in developing social and academic self-confidence and readiness. PNS remains affordable for working parents, with a sliding-scale tuition based on income and family size and partners with many organizations in Mercer County to provide the much-needed support services for our families.

The Pennington School


609-737-1838


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.

     Boarding Schools     Private Schools     STEM  

Westrick Music Academy


609-688-1888


Do you love to sing? Are you ready for an awesome music experience? Westrick Music Academy provides exceptional musical experiences for boys and girls from grades 3-12, guided by our talented staff. Princeton Boychoir and Princeton Girlchoir are the premiere youth choral programs in the region, offering singers opportunities to grow in a supportive, inclusive, and joyous environment through the experience of musical excellence. Our community of musicians and families form bonds that can last a session, a season, or a lifetime. Through collaborations with other artists and organizations, we build relationships that empower musicians as leaders, who in turn impact the broader community. We welcome your inquiries.

Villa Victoria Academy


609-882-1700


Villa Victoria Academy is a private, independent Catholic school for girls. Now accepting transfer applications for select grades for 2022-2023 school year. Accepting applications for select grades for school year 2022-2023.

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. They attend schools that are right for their interests and they receive large amounts of scholarships and grants to attend the schools of their choice.

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.

     Child Care     Nursery Schools     Preschools     Private Schools  

Princeton Ballet School at the American Repertory Ballet


609-921-7758


Registration is now open for Princeton Ballet School's 2022-2023 school year. In-person and virtual classes are available for children as young as age 3, in addition to an Open Division for adults. Beginners are welcome! For details, please call 609-921-7758. Classes start September 9. Dancers with prior experience may call to schedule a placement class.

Princeton Ballet School, the official school of American Repertory Ballet, has studios in Princeton, Cranbury and at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center. Classes include ballet, character, contemporary dance, jazz, flamenco, pointe, and conditioning, in addition to several performance opportunities throughout the year.

Princeton Junior School


609 924-8126


Princeton Junior School's expertise in students from age 2 through Grade 6 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).

West Windsor Arts Center


609-716-1931

West Windsor Arts Center provides high-quality cultural programming that brings people together and transforms the world around us by inspiring, educating and promoting both the visual and performing arts for our diverse community. Our fall, winter and spring art classes have lots of options for you to explore, such as filmmaking, digital drawing, studio arts, acting, and so many more! Fall classes begin September 14th and you can receive our early bird discount on any class by registering by September 6th.

Learn more about our class offerings here: https://secure.westwindsorarts.org/np/clients/westwindsorarts/eventList.jsp?categoryIds=1&anotherEvent=&/

Beth El Synagogue Religious School


609-443-4454 x143


Looking to start your child's Jewish education on a strong foundation? Or perhaps you're looking for a place to call your spiritual home. Welcome to Beth El Synagogue, a friendly, egalitarian, Conservative congregation in East Windsor, NJ, where we offer a number of opportunities to enrich your Jewish lives. We have a fun and educational Religious School and Hebrew High program, and Youth groups for 18 months- 12th Grade. On selected Saturday mornings, we also offer special youth services. Birth- 5 years Old: Tot Shabbat 1st-2nd Grade – Beginner's Junior Congregation 3rd-7th Grade – Junior Congregation We have engaging family events, such as our Mitzvah Day, and adult education programs on everything from Reading Hebrew to Zombies and Judaism. Classes for our religious school begin Sunday, September 11th.

The Dance Connection of Hillsborough & West Windsor


908-874-8800


Text us at (908) 892-1056 to try a dance class. There's no obligation! See why everyone is raving about The Dance Connection.

With 2 locations in Hillsborough and West Windsor The Dance Connection has classes for children of all ages. We are known for our family-friendly atmosphere and our amazing young dancers program. If your child is 3-8 years old, we are the right dance studio for your family. We have a wide variety of classes in ballet, Jazz, Tap and Hip-hop and a thriving boys dancing program. Whether your child wants to study dance seriously or simply wants to keep moving and have fun, The Dance Connection has a class for your child.

Our Hillsborough schedule is here https://danceconnectionnj.com/schedule/

Our West Windsor schedule is here https://danceconnectionnj.com/west-windsor

Har Sinai Temple Religious School


609-730-8100


Har Sinai Temple, a Reform Jewish congregation in Pennington, offers a modern approach to religious school with Shalom Learning for grades K-7. This values-based curriculum explores 7 Jewish values and their relevance in our everyday lives. Students will learn to use Jewish sources to make responsible decisions and build positive relationships. Using the Shalom Learning Torah Aura and JLearnHub Hebrew programs, we will teach your children to read Hebrew, chant prayers, and understand their meaning. At home, your child can log into a portal to practice. Religious School meets on Sunday mornings from 9:30 -12 p.m., starting September 11th. We also offer a Hebrew High School program, which meets every-other-Sunday, to keep students connected and equip them with skills and knowledge they will need once they arrive on a college campus. Registration is open at www.harsinai.org/enrollment

Princeton Friends School


609-683-1194 x44


Princeton Friends School is a small, progressive Quaker coeducational day school for grades pre-k to 8. In an atmosphere of high intellectual expectation and collaboration, young people engage their natural curiosity to gain core knowledge, acquire life skills, express their voices, passions, and gifts, and develop responsibility for themselves and service to others. Here, children are known, respected, challenged, and loved.

     Private Schools  

STEM Academy


917-862-8026


STEM Academy is an online school in the tristate area aiming to help students at all levels achieve their full potential in various STEM fields (Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Math, Physics, Computer Science, Health Sciences, Earth Sciences, Information Technology, Economy, etc.) Courses are based on standard middle school and high school curricula and taught to help students fully understand the topics and materials, receive great scores in standardized tests such as AP exams and SATs, and achieve terrific GPAs in their school transcripts, giving them great advantages when it comes to competitive college applications. Courses are offered via Zoom in real time in small groups (3~6). The educators all have advanced degrees and make every student receive enough attention to follow through the class. For more information and to see course offerings visit https://stemacademy.school. Or call Dr. Ken directly at 917-862-8026.

     College Counseling     Online Programs     SAT/ACT Prep     STEM     Tutoring  

Stone Hill Learning Center


609-751-3743


Enrolling now for the 2022-2023 school year, Stone Hill Learning Center is excited to invite you to join our community. As your Christian hybrid homeschooling partner, students from pre-school through 12th grade are invited for in-person education and group learning opportunities to complement those that already exist in the home. Since 1984, our teachers, dedicated Christians, have been working with children from a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds. One, two or even three days a week, your child can come to the Learning Center for a variety of lessons in a more “traditional” classroom experience. Our hybrid partnership allows parents to play an active daily role in their child’s education, without having to carry the entire responsibility alone. At Stone Hill Learning Center, we believe the entire world is your child’s classroom.

The Goddard School, Skillman


609-608-9339


The Goddard School in Skillman, NJ is a state-of-the-art early childhood education center, serving children from 6 weeks to 6 years old. Children learn in a fun and safe environment, guided by teachers with the highest qualifications. It is more than a warm and nurturing place. It's more than a great education for your child. It's peace of mind.

We are open Monday-Friday, 7 am to 6 pm. Please CLICK HERE for more information.

WE'RE HIRING full-time/part-time, lead and assistant teachers for all age groups. CLICK HERE for more details.

The New School For Music Study


609-921-2900


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.

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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