PrincetonScoop’s 2017 Back to School Guide

Just like every child is different, so is every school and finding the right fit is essential for happy kids. Whether you are thinking of changing schools or considering school for the first time, read on for the low down on the Princeton NJ schools…. so many great ones, and all are special in their own ways.

From pre-school to high school, day schools to boarding schools, we have the scoop on some great local schools for you to consider. (PS: Looking for a way to fill those after-school hours? We’ve got ideas for that, here, too!)

Mark your calendars for the upcoming open houses and check them out for yourselves!


Pennington Montessori School
A unique preschool learning experience awaits your child at Pennington Montessori School! Montessori certified teachers organize their classrooms with work that challenges and motivates students to discover new interests and improve on established skills. Even 6 week old babies engage in activities designed to enhance their cognition and senses. Small class sizes and immaculate facilities are the ideal combination to nurture your child during their most significant developmental period: birth to six years. Please call for availability or to schedule a tour: www.penningtonmontessori.org

Princeton Montessori School
Nurturing Potential. Igniting Passion: Princeton Montessori School is dedicated to developing passion and nurturing the potential in each child from infancy through middle school. Through the values and principles of the Montessori philosophy, they promote intrinsic motivation, independence, social responsibility, and a love of learning so that as global citizens, their students can lead fulfilling lives and work to better the world.  Princeton Montessori School was founded in 1968 and is an independent, coeducational day school. www.princetonmontessori.org

University League Nursery School
University League Nursery School is a non-profit, non-sectarian, cooperative preschool in Princeton. Serving both University and community families the school is committed to providing an environment where children can enjoy happy, safe, and zestful experiences that nurture their self-confidence and independence.  They offer a traditional morning cooperative preschool, with program options to accommodate working parents. Currently still accepting applications for 2017/18. Call to find out about their Coffee with the Director event on 9/29  609-924-9770 www.ulns.org

The Cambridge School
Cambridge School is an independent, K-12, school for students with language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia, ADHD, dysgraphia, auditory processing disorder, and executive dysfunction. Cambridge provides an evidence-based educational program to help students overcome their learning differences and to support their unique learning style in small classroom settings. In addition, after school sports, and personal interest clubs are offered to round out the rigorous academic program. www.thecambridgeschool.org

Chapin School
Chapin School Princeton seeks to instill respect, responsibility, honesty, kindness and perseverance in its students as it fully prepares them, academically and personally, for secondary school. Great things begin at Chapin! They help students prepare to be successful at the most prestigious secondary schools in the area. Class sizes are small, and opportunities for learning abound in Chapin’s science labs, library, theater, design lab, and athletic facilities. www.chapinschool.org

French American School
Are you looking for a nurturing and creative learning environment where your child can learn and grow socially and emotionally? The French American School is a PK-8 bilingual school where students thrive because of its focus on academic excellence and development of the whole child through an exemplary bilingual, multicultural education. Explore the whole world a bilingual education offers: Open Houses Dec.8 & Feb.3 www.ecoleprinceton.org

The Hill School
The Hill School in Pottstown, PA prepares young men and women from across the country and around the world for college, careers, and life. Hill’s Open House will be on Saturday, October 28th from 9:15 to 11:15 am. A chance to tour campus, meet teachers and coaches, and have lunch in their dining hall. More information may be found at www.thehill.org

The Hun School
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 they call “a balanced equation”—a thoughtful way of teaching that brings out the best in students and best prepares them for life. Middle School, Upper School, and post-graduate programs comprise a student body of 640. Middle and Upper School Admissions Open House Sunday, October 29th. Register online at www.hunschool.org

George School
George School is a Quaker, coeducational, boarding and day school for students in grades nine through twelve. They are a global community of students and faculty that value academic rigor, enjoy collaboration and creativity, relish athletic and artistic pursuits, and appreciate the ideals of service, social justice and diversity. George School students take seriously the charge to “let their lives speak” by developing as good leaders and world citizens. For more information, visit www.georgeschool.org

The Peddie School
Peddie School is a private, co-ed boarding and day school located in central New Jersey, just outside of Princeton and only an hour from New York and Philadelphia. There, faculty is family, the campus is home and the world is your classroom. Explore the campus and meet with students and faculty at the Open House on October 8 & 29, or talk with current Peddie parents at the Parent-to-Parent Coffee on October 11. Visit peddie.org to learn more. www.peddie.org

Princeton Academy
Princeton Academy, an independent school for boys in grades Kindergarten through 8, is leading a national reinvention of boys’ education for a new generation of enlightened men. At Princeton Academy 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. Learn more about their Learning Principles at www.princetonacademy.org or call for a personal tour.

Princeton Day School
Princeton Day School’s mission is to nurture the mind, the body, and the character of each student. Located on a 106-acre campus two miles from the center of Princeton, Princeton Day School is an independent, coeducational day school enrolling 950 students from PreK through Grade 12. Students leave Princeton Day School well equipped for college and beyond: prepared to act knowledgeably, to lead thoughtfully, to share generously, and to contribute meaningfully. Opportunities of a Lifetime. Every Day. www.pds.org

Princeton Junior School
At Princeton Junior School they embrace the curiosity, creativity, and unique perspective that each student brings to the schoolhouse.  Through ongoing inquiry, action and reflection, learners explore real-world concepts and issues that are locally relevant and globally significant within a stimulating and challenging learning environment. The International Baccalaureate curriculum cultivates young leaders who advocate for themselves and others. www.princetonjuniorschool.org

Solebury School
Solebury is what school should be.  There is no single way to experience it. But there is a core approach. It starts with respecting students enough to let them plant the seeds of their own education, and then nurturing and cultivating that until it grows into something strong and life-lasting. With 235 students and a student to teacher ratio of 6 to 1, every Solebury student is known and valued. They offer an environment of educational excellence that prepares students for success in college and beyond. www.solebury.org

Stuart Country Day School
Wonder what a girl can do? When girls go to Stuart, they enter a community that is both challenging and supportive. From preschool to senior year, their curiosity and zest to learn are fed by outstanding academics and expert faculty–who know girls and know each girl well. Stuart girls discover mentors and experiences that unleash the strength within. At Stuart they are not just transformed, but transform themselves into brave and bold, powerful and wonderful young women. Visit their beautiful campus and meet the wonderful faculty and students at an Open House or Open Classroom Visit. 609-921-2330 x4208 www.stuartschool.org/openhouse

The Waldorf School of Princeton
Discover NJ’s only Waldorf school, where uniquely trained teachers cultivate children’s holistic development from birth through grade 8. Young ones experience play-based, screen-free learning in a homelike environment, and enjoy ample time outdoors on their rural campus. When ready for the grades, children learn by integrating the head, heart and hands. For more info on this year’s discovery events, or to schedule a tour, visit www.princetonwaldorf.org or e-mail admissions@princetonwaldorf.org.


Looking for a way to fill those after school hours? From arts to sports, there’s an idea for every kid!

Arts Council of Princeton
Fall semester now enrolling at the Arts Council of Princeton! Have you ever considered Flamenco Dancing or Weaving? How about Watercolor, Flash Animation, Ceramics, Relief Print-Making, or Learning to Sew? They’re offering over 60 options this fall with a wide range of media and subject matter for all ages, ability, and availability. Continue with your studies or venture into a completely new area. Enroll in a weekly class or a one-day workshop. Here’s the link to the fall semester: http://bit.ly/ACPfall17. Register online 24/7 or give them a call at 609.924.8777, they’re always happy to help you decide.  

Art Sparks
Find your inner art spark in the studio this Fall. Their classes provide rich art activities for children ages 18 months to 12 years.  In class, students will create their own mixed media works of art, all the while becoming familiar with the materials, tools, techniques, styles, artists, and artistic movements of the world of art. For more info, please visit www.artsparksstudio.com or call (609) 466-5437

McCarter Theatre – After School
At McCarter After School they focus on each student’s personal and artistic growth. Through the art of theater, they foster the development of social skills, self-confidence, teamwork, commitment, empathy, and the courage to take risks in a safe, artistic environment. Act now: classes are filling up! Students will have the opportunity to work with professional performing artists, directors, and educators who encourage exploration and teach theater fundamentals to the interests and abilities of each student. Whether your student has years of experience or is investigating theater for the first time, McCarter After School will offer a meaningful and joyful learning experience. Make sure to check out the discounts available when you sign up for multiple classes! 609-258-6510 or click here https://goo.gl/HhsZS4

McCarter Theatre – Family Events
Choose 2 events from McCarter’s Family shows at $35 each and receive $15 youth tickets!*
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Available Dates:  December 5, 19, 29, 30 – 7:30pm, or December 31 – 1pm
YAMATO DRUMMERS
Saturday, January 27, 2018 – 8pm
Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE
Saturday, February 24, 2018 – 3pm
GREG KENNEDY: Innovative Juggler
Sunday, April 15, 2018 – 3pm
CIRQUE ÉLOIZE
Friday, May 11, 2018 – 7:30pm or Saturday, May 12, 2018 – 3pm
Call 609-258-2787 or click to learn more: https://goo.gl/fervVh
*restrictions apply, OFFER NOT AVAILABLE ONLINE

New School for Music Study
The New School for Music Study is now enrolling for the 2017-2018 school year!  NSMS is a community music school, specializing in transformative music instruction at the piano for all ages and levels.  For more information about enrollment, contact  admissions@nsmspiano.org or visit nsmspiano.org

West Windsor Arts Center
Looking for a way to connect with your true self? Escape into the arts! Nurture your spirit and learn new skills to help you find meaning in your career and life. The West Windsor Arts Center offers a variety of classes for adults and children at convenient times for everyone. Plus, a great location and free on-site parking makes it just that much easier to get back to what’s important to you. Mention PrincetonScoop and get a free trial class! (some restrictions apply) www.westwindsorarts.org

Blue Star Lacrosse
Not just your regular league! Get 30 Minutes of Instruction and drills followed by 60 minutes of 7 v 7 games! The Blue Star Fall clinic league will be instructional and taught by the Blue Star staff as well as several guest coaches. Games will be short-sided and 7 v 7 with certified HS officials refereeing. Three divisions of Youth (3-6), Middle School (7/8) and High School (9-12). Register as an individual or with a team! www.bluestarlacrosse.com/fallleague

Lawrence Flames Hockey
Learn to skate and play hockey with the Lawrence Nassau Hockey Association! All ages welcome. Register now for Fall sessions starting Sept 9. www.lawrenceflames.org

Princeton Skating Club
Go check out Princeton Skating Club at the Princeton Day School skating rink, where members enjoy the advantages of a private club designed especially for families and figure skaters. They will hold Open Houses on Oct 8th 1pm-3pm and Nov 4th 12:15pm-1:15pm where you can learn about membership and group lessons and have an opportunity to skate. Skate rentals available. www.princetonskatingclub.org/home.do

Have a little dancer in the family? Don’t miss PrincetonScoop Kids’ roundup of local dance schools! Click here to read more.