Garden State Academy is a premier Preschool of the Arts and Kindergarten facility. Students will experience a cross curricular education which includes the Arts at the heart of our program. Our parents, teachers, and students all work together to reach one goal; educate the minds of the future.
Our school is thought of as a "home away from home" for children to learn and grow. Our warm atmosphere is welcoming to children as they engage in a friendly space.
Research and experience address the need for the young children to engage in "best practices" that differentiates instruction and are developmentally appropriate. This means that as teachers we need to observe how the child learns best and then create a learning environment that meets his or her needs. We support the child by asking open ended questions that prompt higher level thinking.
A network of communication exists between children, parents and teachers at Garden State Academy Preschool of the Arts. These three units work together to create a spirit of cooperation, collaboration, and co-construction of knowledge. Working towards a common purpose to provide each child an opportunity to engage in new experiences within a logical and meaningful context.
The teaching staff at Garden State Academy are keen observers, documenters, and partners in the learning process. This allows children to ask their own questions, and generate and test their own hypothesis. Children also have the opportunity to explore and generate many possibilities, communicate their ideas to others and revisit the opportunity to organize their concepts, ideas and thoughts to construct new meaning.
Garden State Academy is a step above the rest. The teacher to student ratio is 6:1, and all teachers are master level teachers with extensive knowledge in child development. At Garden State Academy, we take our inspiration from Maria Montessori as well as the Reggio Emilia approach, and we follow Creative Curriculum.
Our school focuses on a variety of calm and comfortable spaces, such as art center, block center, dramatic play area, science and technology, sensory area, writing center, literacy center, social studies and more. These rooms allow children to explore in a safe environment. Each room is also fully equipped with the highest level of learning and play materials, each hand selected with a purpose in mind. These areas can be viewed under "Our School".
Currently we feature four classes for children ages two and a half years of age to five years of age; Early Preschool (2.5-3 years old), Preschool (3 years old by October 1st), Pre-Kindergarten (4 years old by October 1st), Kindergarten (5 years old by October 1st). Morning sessions are 8:30 am-11:30 am, Afternoon sessions are 12:30 pm-3:30 pm, and full day sessions are 8:30 am- 3:30 pm. Kindergarten sessions are 9 am -3 pm. To view program information, visit "Our Programs".
At Garden State Academy, we strive to create the "home away from home" environment. The safety of our students is a top concern. The facility is surrounded by security cameras. Any unknown visitors to our location are greeted with the teacher stepping out of the building and shutting the door behind them. Throughout the different areas of the building our doors are secured with access control systems, allowing only our staff to enter with key cards. No one is permitted to pick up a child without written consent from the parents, and there is absolutely no loitering around our property.