We enroll families who become part of our inclusive community of learners. The Summer Buddy Family Program ensures that each new student coming to school has already made a friend in their class. Annual community events such as the Back-to-School Picnic, fall Bonfire, Thanksgiving Soup Dads, Winter Gala and spring International Fair give families ample opportunity to gather and socialize throughout the school year. Our school wide use of the Seesaw communications platform allows parents to see inside the classroom in real time, sharing and interacting with their child’s online learning journal. From supporting our student-led conferences and attending All School Gatherings to enjoying family style lunches on Pizza Thursdays, the participation of PJS parents contributes greatly to our success.
Volunteerism and action are woven into the fabric of our school community and are integral parts of the curriculum. PJS cultivates a culture of empathy and curiosity in all of our students that leads them to take action. Students in Grades 3-5 take initiative toward causes that are important to them through the Glitter Lemonade Club.
Not all classrooms have walls! We use our local surroundings and campus in much of the learning that takes place at our school. Throughout the school year, students connect to the land and community around them, allowing them to learn more about their world and how they impact it. Students plant, harvest, and cook; conduct scientific research; observe the changing seasons and life cycles of local animals; and find quiet, solitude and inspiration in our labyrinth.
PJS is accredited by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) and the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools (NJAIS). The commendations and recommendations provided by these two agencies ensure that we remain focused on our mission and committed to providing an exceptional learning experience for our students.
At PJS, we encourage children to take purposeful initiative. In doing so, they learn about negotiation, compromise, assertiveness, success and failure, and resilience. By supporting children as they make choices, take action and reflect, we promote their ability to learn independently and transfer their successes to future learning.
The PYP curriculum framework is inquiry-based and collaborative. Through this challenging program, PJS students develop the ability to understand concepts across a broad and balanced range of knowledge disciplines, including languages, mathematics, science, humanities and the arts. In 2018, the IB organization celebrates its 50th anniversary.