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Back To School 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!
Princeton Day School
St Paul Catholic School of Princeton
The Learning Experience at Princeton
Notre Dame High School
Waldorf School Of Princeton
French American School of Princeton
Princeton Montessori School
Stuart Country Day School
New Horizons Montessori
The Bridge Academy
The Hun School Of Princeton
The Laurel School of Princeton

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Stuart Country Day School
1200 Stuart Road Princeton NJ 08540
(609) 921-2330
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. Please call or join us for a fall Open House on October 14, 6-8 PM and November 6, 2014. 609-921-2330 x202 or visit www.stuartschool.org.

    Pre-schools    Private Schools  

Chapin School
4101 Princeton Pike Princeton NJ 08540
609-986-1702
Chapin School is a small, co-educational independent school serving students in grades Pre-kindergarten through Grade 8. Chapin is dedicated to the belief that lifelong habits of the 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. Within a diverse, caring and supportive community, students are prepared to meet the future with skill, confidence, determination and a generosity of spirit.

Solid Foundation. Strong Character. Limitless Futures. www.ChapinSchool.org

    Pre-schools    Private Schools  

Princeton Day School
650 The Great Road Princeton NJ 08540
609.924.6700
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.

    Private Schools  

Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart
1128 Great Road Princeton NJ 08540
609-921-6499
Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart, an independent JK-8 Sacred Heart school for boys, is located on a 49 acre campus at 1128 Great Road, in Princeton Township New Jersey. Founded in 1998, the Academy is committed to academic excellence within the context of a faith-based community. 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 stress the total development of each child: spiritual, moral, intellectual, social, emotional, and physical. Our 230 students are enrolled in grades Junior Kindergarten through eight, and live in surrounding towns of Mercer, Somerset, Hunterdon, and Middlesex counties in New Jersey as well as Bucks County in Pennsylvania.

    Catholic Schools    Private Schools  

Waldorf School Of Princeton
1062 Cherry Hill Road Princeton NJ 08540
(609)466-1970
Open House October 25, 9am.,

Waldorf School of Princeton, New Jersey’s only accredited Waldorf school, educates children from toddlerhood through eighth grade. Our highly structured curriculum integrates arts and sciences, encouraging students to become creative, balanced, socially responsible individuals who love to learn. Our time-tested approach corresponds to the stages of human development, focusing on not only what children learn, but how they learn. Our graduates emerge self-motivated, morally anchored, and ready to thrive not only in the most demanding high schools and colleges, but on whichever paths they choose. School tours are arranged by appointment, and open houses are held throughout the year. For more information, visit our website at www.princetonwaldorf.org or call 609-466-1970 x 115.

    Pre-schools    Private Schools  

Notre Dame High School
601 Lawrence Road Lawrenceville NJ 08648
609-882-7900
Open House 10/23, 7-9pm. 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.

    Catholic Schools    Private Schools  

The Hun School Of Princeton
176 Edgerstoune Road Princeton NJ 08540
609.921.7600
The Hun School of Princeton is an independent college preparatory school perched along three hilltops in Princeton, New Jersey. Middle School, Upper School and post-graduate Programs comprise a student body of 610, representing a diverse blend of nationalities, races, religions, and traditions. The Hun School is a twenty-four hour, culturally diverse campus, in one of the most academically-minded communities in the world. Graduates attend an extensive roster of competitive colleges and universities. The School’s 2011 admissions season was its most competitive in School history. The 45-acre campus has three distinctive areas. Students call it, “live, work, play” - a reference to the life of balance that is encouraged and the facilities that reinforce it.

“The relationships built in our relaxed, joyful atmosphere are the foundation for trust and mentorship in the classroom,” - Headmaster Jonathan Brougham.

    Boarding Schools    Private Schools  

The Lewis School Of Princeton
53 Bayard Lane Princeton NJ 08540
609-924-8120
Founded in 1973, The Lewis School and Clinic are 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, “Our students’ gifts and promise are as important to us as are their needs to repair scholastically. 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    Special Education Schools  

Princeton Montessori School
487 Cherry Valley Road Princeton NJ 08540
609-924-4594
Princeton Montessori School is an independent, coeducational day school serving children from infant through eighth grade. The heart of Montessori philosophy is to impart academic knowledge and provide opportunities for learning through meaningful experiences and hands-on activities. Together, these support the development of the whole child and provide the foundation for purposeful, responsible, fulfilling lives. Our American Montessori Society (AMS) certified teachers have an in-depth understanding of children’s developmental needs at each age. Teachers encourage each child’s self-awareness, curiosity, sociability, motivation, discipline, responsibility, and self-reliance. All students have the opportunity to be engaged in meaningful learning activities from 7:30 am - 6:00 pm. Children from infancy through 4th grade enjoy year-round programs including Camp SummerQuest. Learn more about us. Tours are Thursdays at 9 AM or other days by appointment.

    Pre-schools    Private Schools  

French American School of Princeton
75 Mapleton Road Princeton NJ 08540
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.

Open House Dates: 12/5/14 @8:30am,1/16/15 @8:30am, 2/20/15 @8:30am

    Foreign Language Programs    Pre-schools    Private Schools  

New Horizons Montessori
12 Vreeland Drive Skillman NJ 08558
609-252-9696

Montgomery Campus: Off Route 518 West, Skillman, NJ 08558 609-252-9696

Princeton Jct. Campus: 59 Cranbury Road, Princeton Jct., NJ 08550 609-275-8666

Established in 1998, we are an independent preschool serving children from infant through Kindergarten age. We have two campuses in the Princeton area, located in beautiful country settings. Our school is a member of the American Montessori Society (AMS) and has certified experienced teachers who are experienced and understanding of children's developmental needs at an early age. Following the Montessori methodology, our teachers impart knowledge and provide opportunities for learning through meaningful classroom experiences and hands-on activities. Teachers not only focus on the all important academic skills, they encourage each child's self-awareness, curiosity, social skills, motivation, discipline, and self-reliance. Hours of operation - 7:30 am - 6:00 pm. We offer Summer Camps at both locations.

    Child Care    Pre-schools    Private Schools  

Kelsey Theatre
1200 Old Trenton Road West Windsor NJ 08550
609-584-9444
The Kelsey Theatre is proud to be home to a talented student company, modern dance ensemble, symphonic band, and 12 different resident theater community and semi-professional theater companies. Kelsey Theatre is rolling out the classics for the 2014-15 season. Long-time theater lovers can revisit their favorite musicals and dramas, while younger audiences will have an opportunity to see the greats for the very first time. Twenty full-length dramas and musical productions come to the Kelsey stage, along with eight shows offered through the Kelsey Kids Series performed by traveling professional troupes and local companies. To view the current performance schedule, visit www.kelseyatmccc.org/schedule.shtml

    Children's Theater  

St Paul Catholic School of Princeton
218 Nassau Street Princeton NJ 08542
609-921-7587
Academic Excellence. Spiritual Growth. For 130 years, St. Paul School has been setting a standard for a Catholic co -ed education in the Princeton area.  We have built a reputation for providing a premier education in a faith-based environment. Graduates of St. Paul attend top private and public high schools. Their preparation is a result of a rigorous curriculum, proven-successful K-8 school model and seasoned faculty within a nurturing Catholic environment.  St. Paul is more than a school, it’s a learning community that provides a comprehensive education grounded in foundational reading, math and writing skills and enhanced with the arts, language, music and computer technology.  St. Paul's also offers a full-day kindergarten and an after-care program.   Contact us for a tour and ask us about our tuition price.  We provide a quality private school education - at an affordable price.   www.spsprinceton.org 

    Catholic Schools    Pre-schools    Private Schools  

Harmony Schools/Princeton Forrestal Village
1 Merwick Road Princeton NJ 08540
609-799-4411
The Harmony Schools is celebrating 29 years of high quality early education and childcare programs in central New Jersey. Harmony's programs are open all year for children 2 months through 6 years (Kindergarten at our Princeton location!) and up to nine years during the summer for camp. Half day nursery school programs are available in addition to full day programs 2, 3 and 5 days per week (full day only for infants). The Princeton location has moved to a beautiful new building and like our building in Robbinsville, features video cameras and monitors, secured entry, all hour reception stations, and hands free intercoms so that parents can get immediate feedback if they call to check on their child. Mature, experienced teachers lead the core curriculum, and a range of supplemental programs, such as cooking, computers, gym, and foreign language are options. Diapers and wipes included in tuition.

    Child Care    Pre-schools  

Pennington School
112 West Delaware Avenue Pennington NJ 08534
609-737-6128
The Pennington School is an independent, coeducational school for students in grades 6 through 12, with both day and boarding programs with 488 students from 6 states and 12 countries. The challenging 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. There are also small programs for international students and for bright students with language-based learning differences. At Pennington, teachers believe that the real purpose of education is not to fill students with information but to enable them to think. Faculty members focus not only on what they can teach the students, but also on what the varied perspectives of the student body may contribute to the entire educational experience. Founded in 1838, The Pennington School values both tradition and innovation.

    Boarding Schools    Private Schools  

The Bridge Academy
1958-B Lawrenceville Road Lawrenceville NJ 08648
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 www.banj.org for more information.

    Dyslexia    Private Schools    Special Education Schools  

McCarter Theater's First Stage Program
91 University Place Princeton NJ 08540
609-258-6500
Have some drama in your life? What better way to explore all of your child’s creative forces than to sign up for a class at McCarter Theatre Center?

Professional teaching artists and directors guide K-12 students through putting on plays and much more. Our programs are designed to both challenge and stimulate students with years of experience and those who are investigating theater for the first time.

REGISTER TODAY for classes in McCarter’s after-school theater program, FIRST STAGE. First Stage offers K-12 students opportunities to explore and create through the world of the arts.

For more information, contact the Education Department at 609-258-8289 or firststage@mcccarter.org.

    Acting and Improv Classes    Children's Theater    Performing Arts Programs  

The Laurel School of Princeton
407 Nassau Street Princeton NJ 08540
609-566-6000
This new school targets the population of early learners who show clear signs of dyslexia. We provide a safe, supportive environment for students. Using expert teachers, we use essential research-based multi-sensory teaching methodologies which include Orton-Gillingham, Wilson Reading System®, and others. A range of creative and assistive technologies are integrated into the curriculum, such as iMovie, GarageBand, Kurzweil, Inspiration@ Software, Dragon Dictation and others. The Newgrange School in Hamilton, NJ (a state-approved school for students with disabilities) and the Newgrange Educational Center in Princeton have provided educational services for dyslexics since 1977. Newgrange’s Executive Director, Dr. Gordon Sherman, is internationally recognized for his contributions to the field of brain research, teaching methodologies, and service to the dyslexia community.

    Dyslexia    Private Schools    Special Education Schools  

The Learning Experience at Princeton
4447 Route 27 Princeton NJ 08540
609-580-1390
From 6 weeks old to 5 years, The Learning Experience Academy of Early Education in Princeton provides the ideal environment for your child to learn, play and grow. Our secure and nurturing center helps to develop and extract each child's greatest potential through the use of three key educational platforms: cognitive, social and physical. With programs built on those platforms, the result has been that all children graduate our preschool with a bright future ahead of them and 90% are reading at a kindergarten or greater level. Parents are encouraged to visit and tour The Learning Experience Academy of Early Education in Princeton to find out how TLE can play a crucial role in your child's early life advancements.

    Child Care    Pre-schools  

Music Together Princeton Lab School
609-924-7801
Music Together is an international early childhood music and movement program for children from birth through age 7—and the grownups who love them™. First offered to the public here in Princeton in 1987, it pioneered the concept of a research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music curriculum that strongly emphasizes and facilitates adult involvement. So much more than "Mommy & Me", Music Together classes provide a true family music experience, as siblings can attend the "Mixed Age" classes together. We also offer "Babies Only", “Big Kids” and "Guitar for Grownups" classes specially designed for those groups. And in every class, we make sure that the adults have as much fun as the children, all while doing the very important work of ensuring that each child develops into the music-maker s/he was born to be. Give us a call or email to arrange your free class visit!

    Children's Music Programs    Dance Programs    Mommy and Me    Music Lessons & Classes    Unique Activities  

Nassau Nursery School
33 Mercer Street Princeton NJ 08540
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!

    Child Care    Pre-schools    Private Schools  

Solebury School
6832 Phillips Mill Road New Hope PA 18938
215-862-5261
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.

    Boarding Schools    Private Schools  

JW Actors Studio
116 Rockingham Row Princeton Forrestal Center Princeton NJ 08540
609-466-1432
JW actors studio in Princeton is for anyone 7 to adult who is seeking professional training in Acting and Improv for the stage, film, television, and commercials. We also offer workshops in Voice Over, Public Speaking, and Presentation Skills Training. If you are serious about acting or are a parent looking for that professional edge for your child – on stage, film, behind the microphone, in the classroom, boardroom, or the speaker’s podium, you will benefit from our guidance. Run by a professional actor with over 25 years in the industry, comedy improv artist, and public presenter, you are guaranteed to receive the best training. Our philosophy is based on “behaving and speaking truthfully in imaginary circumstances.” An actor that can do this is one who will give an honest, truthful, “real” performance every time. Our classes will help build your confidence, self esteem, and will allow you to learn and perfect lifetime skills.

    Acting and Improv Classes    Oratory Workshops    Performing Arts Programs    Public Speaking Skills  

The Hill School
717 East High Street Pottstown PA 19464
610-326-1000
The Hill School’s mission is to prepare young men and women for success in college, careers, and life. The Hill distinguishes itself by nurturing students’ sense of personal responsibility, genuine friendships, and ethical reflection, as expressed in our motto, “Whatsoever Things Are True.” The School embraces academic challenge (offering 24 Advanced Placement subjects in addition to numerous Honors courses), diversity (with students drawn from 34 states and 20 countries), and traditions that range from a dress code and nondenominational community chapel services to seated meals enjoyed with teachers and their families. Classes are small – with a seven-to-one student-to-faculty ratio and an average class size of 12. Activities range from athletics - with 29 interscholastic teams, community service opportunities, 40 student-run organizations, and performance and exhibit venues in music, dramatics, and studio arts.

    Boarding Schools    Private Schools  

The New School For Music Study
4543 Rt. 27 Kingston NJ 08528
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.

    Instrument Instruction    Music Lessons & Classes    Piano Lessons  

Fusion Academy
116 Stanhope Street Princeton NJ 08540
609-919-9193
Fusion Academy is an accredited, alternative private school for grades 6-12. We offer students the opportunity to learn on their terms, on their schedule, and in their learning style—all in a one-to-one classroom. Each class consists of just one student and one teacher in their own private classroom, allowing us to create a completely customized experience for each student. Our curriculum meets state standards, and the lessons are self-paced and delivered in a way that considers each student’s interests, strengths, and learning style. Students can schedule their classes anytime from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Because we’re open year-round, students can enroll anytime, even in the summer. Our environment is highly personal and socially inclusive. Equal emphasis is placed on each student’s emotional wellbeing and on academic achievements.

    Alternative Education    Educational Services    Private Schools  

Harmony Schools/Foxmoor
2022 Washington Boulevard Robbinsville NJ 08691
609-443-7575
The Harmony Schools is celebrating 25 years of offering high quality early education and childcare in central New Jersey. Harmony's programs are open year round for children aged two months to five years, and during the summer for children up to age nine for summer camp. Full and part time programs are available at all locations, in air conditioned stand alone buildings designed for children with beautiful, fenced-in, shaded playgrounds.Harmony's facilities are video monitored, have coded secured entry, and our staff is composed of mature, experienced teachers. In addition to the core program featuring weekly themes and learning activities, parents can choose from a list of supplemental programs, such as swim lessons, the Yinghua Chinese language, the Wacky Gym, Computertots, Jayadeva yoga, and Musically Yours. For more information, visit www.harmonyschools.com or email lisa@harmonyschools.com.

    Child Care  

Princeton Adult School
P.O. Box 701 Princeton NJ 08542
609-683-1101
Courses, courses everywhere! At the end of August, Princeton Adult School will announce its fall 2014 program. Art, literature, music? It is all there. Princeton Adult School instructors can teach you to sculpt, learn pruning, prune your writing skills, hone your job seeking skills, learn on of ten languages and knit, bead and draw and more... If learning English is your goal, come to our registration night at Princeton High School on Thursday, September 11, 7-8pm. 609-683-1101. Watch for your brochure in the mail or online www.princetonadultschool.org

    Adult Education    Art Classes/Lessons    Cooking Classes    Dance Programs    Foreign Language Programs    Martial Arts    Music Lessons & Classes    Performing Arts Programs    Recreational Activities    Sports Programs  

Princeton Friends School
470 Quaker Road Princeton NJ 08540
609-683-1194 x44
Princeton Friends School is a small Quaker coeducational day school for grades pre-k through 8 with multi-age grouping and an integrated curriculum. In an atmosphere of high intellectual expectation and a collaborative, rather than competitive environment, children are encouraged to experience the joy of learning, and to blossom both intellectually and creatively.

    Private Schools  

Villa Victoria Academy
376 West Upper Ferry Road Ewing NJ 08628
609-882-1700
Villa Victoria Academy is a private, Catholic school for girls in grades Pre-K through 12.

Since 1933, Villa has nurtured young women entrusted to its care 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, 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 $153,000 in scholarships per student. Alumnae continue to contribute to their communities with conviction and integrity, regardless of the path their academic and professional careers take. Villa girls contribute to the world with a strong sense of self and their place in a global society.

    Catholic Schools    Pre-schools    Private Schools  

 
Harmony Schools/Princeton Forrestal Village
Solebury School
Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart
The Lewis School Of Princeton
Princeton Online - B2S
McCarter Theater's First Stage Program
Pennington School
Kelsey Theatre
Chapin School
Music Together Princeton Lab School
The Hill School
The New School For Music Study
Nassau Nursery School


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