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The Annual Jersey Shore Family School Resource Guide will provide families with the tools to make the best decisions about their children’s education. The easy to use alphabetical school directories feature some of the best Atlantic County preschools, daycares, and private schools

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2012 Annual

School Resource Guide February/March 2012

inside: • Daycare Listings • Private Schools • Charter Schools • Magnet Schools

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Absecon Nursery School 100 Pitney Rd. Absecon, NJ 08201

609-646-6940

www.abseconnurseryschool.com We are a State Licensed, Non-Profit Preschool serving the community for over 40 years. We offer 3 year AM or PM classes Thurs&Fri, and 4 year AM, PM, or Extended Day classes Mon, Tues, and Wed.

Assumption Regional Catholic School 146 South Pitney Rd. Galloway, NJ 08205

609-652-7134

www.arcsgalloway.org Established in 1957, Assumption Regional Catholic School has excelled at helping students grade Pr K3 through 8th grow as learners and as individuals in a nurturing, safe, faithbased environment. ARCS programs, academics, clubs, performing arts, before and after school care and athletics, has the technology, the staff and the resources in place, to enable students to prepare spiritually, educationally and socially for high school and adulthood. Visit us, meet us, join us and become part of our promising future.

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Atlantic Christian School 391 Zion Rd. Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234

609-653-1199

www.acseht.org Early Ed starting at 6 mos through 12th grade with full day Kindergarten Christian School located on 37 acres.

Beginners First Academy 1201 Boulevard Route 50 Weymouth, NJ 08330

609-829-2292

www.bfa.comcastbiz.net New Child Care center located in Weymouth Twp. NJ. Accepting children ages 6 weeks through 5 years and children 5-12 years for before and after school care. Summer Camp available for all ages. Provides breakfast, lunch and snack at no cost. Hours are 6am to 8pm with flexible scheduling available. Sheets and blankets are provided and laundered. Family, monthly and military discounts offered.

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Holy Spirit High School 500 S New Road, Absecon, NJ 08201

609-646-3000

www.holyspirithighschool.com Holy Spirit High School – Celebrating 90 Years of Academic Excellence, Character, Faith and Service to Others.

Kid Academy Learning Center 101 Morton Avenue, Absecon, NJ 08201

609-646-3435

www.kidacademy.com A licenced childcare facility ages 0-13, nestled behind Best Western Hotel and Holiday Inn Express on the White Horse Pike. Providing summer camp, a pool, and a playground. Over 25 years of childcare experience. Hours 6:30am-6pm M-F.

Little PALs Preschool and Kindergarten Plus 2594 Tilton Road, EHT, NJ 08234

609-646-9586

www.ehtpal.org Certified teaching staff, small class sizes, programs for ages 6 weeks and older. Age appropriate curriculum including arts and crafts, science, and computers. Large outside enclosed play area. Before and after care also available. Winter, Spring and Summer Break Camps for children up to 13 years old. Easily accessible from Atlantic City Expressway, Parkway and Route 322.

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Pilgrim Academy 301 W Moss Mill Rd. Egg Harbor City, NJ 08215

609-965-2866

www.pilgrimacademy.org Pilgrim Academy is a Christian liberal arts college preparatory school founded in 1971, serving students in Atlantic, Burlington, Cape May, Camden, and Ocean counties. Open House Dates-Feb. 22nd 9-11 am, Mar. 15th 9-11 am, Apr. 26th 4-7 pm, May 9th 9-11 am

St.Vincent de Paul Regional School 5809 Main St. Mays Landing, NJ 08330

609-625-1565

www.svdprs.com St. Vincent de Paul Regional School has been educating children for over 50 years. Our school prides itself on having a small school atmosphere with large school accomplishments. We have a full day Kindergarten program along with a part time or full time Pre-K. We also have before care and after care until 6:00 PM.

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The Children’s House of Galloway

Reformation Lutheran Church, Route 9 and Biscayne Avenue, Galloway Township, NJ, 08205

609-464-2936

www.classjump.com/ thechildrenshouseofgalloway and Look for us on Facebook! The Children’s House of Galloway is a Montessori school for children aged 3-6 years. Children are given the freedom and independence they need while being carefully directed within a safe, caring environment.

Toddler Town, LLC

425 South Egg Harbor Rd. Hammonton, NJ 08037

609-561-7300

A state licensed child care center that accepts children 6wks-6yrs. Hours of operation are M-F, 6:30am-6pm. Very reasonable rates and will accommodate flexible schedules.

Trinity Learning Center 7004 Ridge Ave. EHT, NJ 08234

609-653-9001

www.trinitylearningcenter.org Trinity Learning Center provides a safe, happy, and educational environment, where your child can learn, make friends and grow academically, socially and spiritually through independent and teacher directed learning opportunities.

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Atlantic County Charter Schools Charter Tech High School for Performing Arts 413 New Road., Somers Point

926-7694

www.chartertech.org

Galloway Community Charter

112 South New York Rd., Galloway

652-7118

www.gccscharterschool.org

Institute for Excellence Charter School 41 South Rt. 73, Ste. 205, Hammonton

561-9414

tifecs.sjtp.net/Home.aspx

Oceanside Charter

1750 Bacharach Boulevard, AC

348-3485

www.oceansidecharter.com

PleasanTech Academy Charter 1 & 2

535 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Pleasantville 700 Black Horse Pike, Pleasantville

383-1717

www.pleasantech.com

Atlantic County Magnet School Cedar Creek High School

1701 New York Ave. Egg Harbor City

593-3560

www.cedarcreekhs.net

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Public Schools vs. Charter/Magnet Schools by Mary-Jo Christini

In the past, the decision for most parents was simple; send the kids to private school or public school. Usually a fairly easy choice for most parents, Catholic School being the alternative to public. In the early 90s an emerging trend of Charter Schools began to pop up as parents and the educational community began to see the need for a more widely accepted alternative. Charter Schools offered the promise of more parental control, no religious associations and no tuition. Although still funded by public taxes, Charter Schools often required outside funding from parents and community sources. They operate under different guidelines and tout higher academic standards, innovative approaches in educational practices, and smaller classes. Many believe they also offer a greater ability to provide a safe environment than public schools. Charter school teachers must follow NCLB requirements resulting in a highly qualified and often specialized staff of educators. One of the most obvious differences is the need to apply to a charter school. Admission is not guaranteed and Charter schools often have more applicants that available slots. Many charter schools do not continue through high school and stop at the 8th grade forcing students to transition to the public school in 9th grade. Applying early is the best way to gain admittance. A new second choice for parents

is the Magnet school. Magnet schools promotes total integration by encouraging families to enroll outside of their public school zones based on where they live. They also offer specialized programs focused on a consistent theme or method of teaching. Magnet schools receive additional funding enabling them to spend more money on their students, supplies and books and advanced programs not available to public or Charter schools. Magnet schools provide families more choice within the public school system and help desegregate public education. Some believe Magnet schools often hurt the public schools by depleting financial resources and taking the best and brightest students and excluding special needs or students who are challenged academically. In many Magnet schools a lottery system is applied to admission. Again early application increases a students odds for acceptance. They also give siblings preferential enrollment status if one sibling is already enrolled. Unlike most Charter schools Magnet schools at the elementary school, middle school, and high school levels enabling students to avoid transition to public school at high school level. Ultimately, the choice often comes down to the public school’s reputation and the student’s preference. Opinions range wildly and it’s the parent’s responsibility to research options thoroughly and allow their children to participate in the decision.

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The Pilgrim Ac

Shaping Lives Through Christia Open House Dates Feb. 22, 9-11 am March 15, 9-11 am April 26, 4-7 pm May 9, 9-11 am

Pilgrim Academy is a Christian liberal arts college preparator serving students in Atlantic, Burlington, Cape May, Camde

301 W Moss Mill Rd • (609) www.pilgrimacademy

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Happy Birthday! Sara Christini of Galloway Age 3

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Do you know an amazing teacher? Why not nominate them for Jersey Shore Best Teacher 2012 Submit an essay, 300 words or less, explaining why your teacher is the BEST! Students from Atlantic County schools K-12 are welcome to participate. Parents are encouraged to help. Please include the following information: student’s name and grade, school name, and teacher’s name in that order. Send emails to Pamela.jsf@gmail.com with “My Teacher is the Best” in the subject line before midnight on March 10th, 2012. The winning essay will be in the Apr/May Issue of JSF, and the winning teacher will not only receive recognition in Jersey Shore Family Magazine but an A+ basket of goodies to share.

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Jersey Shore Family School Resource Guide