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There are quite a few preschools that are "inspired by", and add that to their eclectic mix. There is one in Monclair that has teachers that are very much implementing a Reggio style, Union Congregational Nursery School. There is also Zimmer Preschool, a Jewish preschool in Basking Ridge that I hear is using Reggio. I also have heard similar about A Child's Place in Lincroft.
In NY there is Rye Presbyterian Nursery School.
I've been frustrated by how few alternative schools there are in the suburban nyc area. My friend and I wrote a guide to alternative schools in northern nj. PM me if you'd like more info.
I'm a single mom and a holistic nanny. AND VERY interested in an alternative school...... I'm in Sayreville NJ,currently unschooling, and have considered sending ds to the newbrunswick charter school,montesorri inspired I believe it's "ok"......but not near as crunchy as I would like.....AND they give homework... Blech.......
I also had the wonderful opportunity to see the wellspring community school take off it's first yr, in peapack NJ.....But unfortunately, my work took me else ware and now the commute isn't feasible for us.
Great school tho, very democratic, regio, waldorf, free, and very very cool.
would LOVE something here like that would also LOVE to help :-)
mama to H. 4/05 and A. 9/08 and baby C. 10/11
I saw this thread and thought I would share information about the school my son attends. It is not strickly RE but they use some of the ideas. That might make some go UGH! it is not the real deal but it is a great school.
It is call Voyagers Community School. They rent a large girl scout building at Camp Sacajawea in Farmingdale NJ this is central NJ close to the shore area.
The schools basic discription is
The school draws its inspiration from a variety of innovative education thinkers, including John Dewey, Rudolph Steiner, Maria Montessori, Caroline Pratt and the women of the Reggio Emilia Schools in Italy. Theory is put into practice each day as children, ages 5-14, spontaneously and cooperatively engage in the fundamental elements of learning. Firmly committed to providing an environment that fosters respect, collaboration and full participation of all members and strives to support students as they discover and express their unique ideas, passions and talents. Both full time and part-time admissions.
My son is 7 and in first grade. He came from Summerhill a montesorri-free choice based preschool and kindergarten.
He is really trhiving there.
they have a web site voyagerskids.com you can check it out. It is really a cool school. If you have to send your child to a school this is a great alternative to public, "ivy" leager or religious private school :
I am looking into alternative schools in the NJ/NYC area to teach in for next year, unfortunately it will be another year or two before I can start thinking about starting my own...
"We believe that real learning is an integrated process that occurs when children are allowed flexibility to follow a wide variety of interests without being subject to a rigid time frame or curriculum. We feel children are naturally curious and enjoy learning when it can be fostered through their own interests and absorbed at their own pace. Learning occurs on different levels, and when a varied and challenging atmosphere is created, children have the opportunity to develop their full potential as creative, confident and happy people. "
I have a lot more work to do on my web site, but here's what I have so far:
Please let me know if you have any questions!
I am fascinated by Reggio Emilia philosophy too.
In Jersey City, The Scandinavian School is based on Reggio Emilia http://scandischool.com/
The Stevens Cooperative (they have a location in JC and one in Hoboken). http://www.stevenscoop.org/ is a progressive based school.
Also, Lawrence Day School in Lawrence NJ is based on Reggio.
In terms of Progressive Education, I agree with what others have said in the earlier posts. I have heard excellent things about Voyagers in Farmingdale.
I have heard great things about Jersey Shore Free School and Wellspring School.
I visited Buckle My Shoe in TriBeCa and it's beautiful.
Anyone hear of any Reggio based in Atlantic/Cape May/Gloucester county? We are just leaving a Montessori school (4 year old possible gifted was asked to leave after 3 weeks because we wasnt doing his "work" and wanting to play) and i am looking for a different approach. More play with structure/education (but child lead) for a VERY creative thinker!
I know this thread is from Years ago but my family is now relocating to Maplewood NJ from Park Slope and we are having to leave the fantastic Reggio preschool my 3 yearold adores. Any suggestions which are current?