Affiliations and Partners
The North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA) is a network of educators, parents, and advocates seeking to elevate both the quality of life and the quality of schools and centers for young children. We envision a world where all children are honored and respected for their potential, capabilities and humanity. Our mission is to build a diverse community of advocates and educators to promote and defend the rights of children, families and teachers of all cultures through a collaboration of colleagues inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy.
International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) is a curriculum framework designed for students aged 3 to 12. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. It is defined by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subject areas, with a powerful emphasis on inquiry-based learning.
The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) is a nonprofit membership association that provides services to more than 1,700 schools and associations of schools in the United States and abroad, including 1,400 independent private K-12 schools in the U.S.
New Jersey Association of Independent Schools (NJAIS) is a non-profit, voluntary membership association whose mission is to foster the educational, ethical, and professional excellence of its member schools, while safeguarding their independence.
The Princeton area is rich with resources. At PJS we are constantly finding ways to deepen our students' learning experiences and further our mission by cultivating relationships and collaborating with groups outside our school.
Level Up Village (LUV)'s mission is to globalize the classroom and facilitate seamless collaboration between students from around the world via pioneering Global STEAM (STEM + Arts) enrichment courses. Through our partnership with Level Up Village, Princeton Junior School students have explored relevant issues such as the global water crisis alongside peers from other countries through video messages and Skype.
Glitter Lemonade is a non profit foundation that integrates philanthropy and child-driven community service, empowering children to realize their positive impact on society. As members of the PJS Glitter Lemonade Club, our students identify and discuss local and global issues that are important to them. With the guidance and support of club leaders and teachers, PJS students learn how to plan and implement meaningful hands-on projects that positively affect local and global communities. Our partnership with Glitter Lemonade helps us to embed philanthropy and social responsibility within our curriculum in significant and relevant ways, and students see the impact of their collaborative efforts.
While PJS has a long history of hosting student teachers from Rider University, in 2012, the two schools began working toward the implementation of a lab school model. As a lab school, PJS works in conjunction with Rider to train new teachers and assist in educational research. Rider provides academic resources and professional development opportunities for PJS teachers, grounding teaching in credible research, sound educational theories and best practices. This model benefits the interns and student teachers, PJS faculty, the curriculum, and most importantly, our students.
PJS is pleased to offer the internationally recognized music program, Music Together , to students enrolled in our Early Childhood Program. Music Together is based on the understanding that all children are musical and can achieve basic music competence with the participation and modeling of parents and caregivers in a playful, developmentally appropriate, musically rich environment.