Educating Children for a Better World

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At Princeton Junior School, we cultivate children’s desire and innate abilities to make sense of the world and understand their place within it.  We view all children, from the youngest toddlers enrolled in our Early Childhood Program to fifth graders applying to Middle Schools, as capable, curious, and creative collaborators in their learning. Our teachers listen closely, take note of children’s questions and interests, and engage them through meaningful and relevant inquiry, action and reflection.  Together, we build a strong academic and social/emotional foundation that will support our students’ educational growth for years to come. Our graduates leave PJS as young scholars who are empowered and ready to lead their own learning with confidence and purpose.

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Our learning principles represent our founding beliefs and our association with the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IB PYP).  They are a result of our close observations and specialized understanding of children, as well as the research, influential texts, and best practices that ensure our mission and philosophy.   

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Andy Warhol’s long time friend James Name was both the inspiration and creator of the shiny space known as the Silver Factory.  Using tin foil and silver paint the men covered the entire space, turning it into a piece artwork itself. From the 1960’s through the 1970’s  Andy Warhol’s Silver Factory was a meeting places for some the greatest thinkers, writers, performers, and artists of the time.

The Art and Nature campers, ages 2-5, created their own version of the silver factory as a place to display some of their own creations.  They explored how tinfoil folds and crinkles by first wrapping up blocks, and then quickly moved onto the table, chairs, and walls in our corner.  The kids had a great time transforming these ordinary objects into something extraordinary!

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Praise for PJS