Back to School 2020

Fall of 2020 is anything but back to school as we know it. Virtual learning, Zoom, face masks and distancing have turned this year on its ear.

With that, we bring you our quick guide to what’s happening for your kiddos–whether you are considering a school change, or looking for something to keep your kids engaged after or around the school day. Fall Open Houses won’t be happening the way we’re used to, but many schools are scheduling virtual tours, Zoom meetings, or private tours instead. Read on…opportunities await!

Be well, be easy on yourselves, and be kind to each other!
Team PScoop


Chapin • Why is Chapin Right for Your Family? We prepare students for the world and for a future that they will create. Stages, studios, playgrounds, fields, gardens, and even GaGa pits are all classrooms in a quickly changing world. At Chapin, we never forget that students need to learn how to be successful as students in all classroom environments. Chapin students learn how to ask questions. They learn how to take risks. They learn how to learn. Chapin brings together the entire family with community events committed to creating a positive, inclusive, and supportive environment that promotes partnership among parents, faculty, and administration. Your children will flourish under our experienced teaching staff and our atmosphere of active learning and creative thinking. They will be prepared to be successful at prestigious secondary schools locally and beyond. www.chapinschool.org


The French American School of Princeton • The French American School of Princeton (FASP) is an independent, coeducational school offering a bilingual education in both English and French, with a third language, Spanish, introduced at the Middle School level. Our bilingual program extends to students in Preschool (3 years old) through 8th grade. The FASP community provides a diverse, welcoming, and caring environment that fosters students’ confidence, tolerance and personal growth. Beyond language skills, FASP students develop a global understanding of the world, making them open-minded, creative and better problem-solvers. At FASP, students become independent and critical thinkers who are well-prepared to experience the world around them. www.ecoleprinceton.org


Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart • Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart is an independent school for boys in Kindergarten through Grade 8. At Princeton Academy, we believe that #HeCanBe creative when he is given the time and space to explore, compassionate when he discovers the good within himself and courageous when his full potential is realized. Through transformational experiences, dynamic academic endeavors, and devotion to character development guided by the Sacred Heart Goals and Criteria, we bring out the best in boys. Learn more about Princeton Academy virtually and inquire today! www.princetonacademy.org/inquire


Princeton Montessori School • Princeton Montessori School, founded in 1968, is an independent, coeducational day school dedicated to the highest quality education of children, offering programs for infants through 8th grade. We are dedicated to igniting a passion for learning and nurturing the potential in each child in accordance with the principles of the Montessori philosophy. It is our mission to promote intrinsic motivation, independence, social responsibility, and a love of learning so that as global citizens, our students can lead fulfilling lives and work to better the world. Authorized by The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) for students aged 11-16, our graduates are confident, competent and well-prepared for success in life. Princeton Montessori School continues to provide children from the greater Princeton area with the very best in Montessori education. Tours weekdays by appointment. www.princetonmontessori.org 609-924-4594. 487 Cherry Valley Road Princeton NJ 08540


Solebury School • Imagine going to school and being energized, feeling respected and understood, and being appreciated by your teachers. Imagine being inspired by education and guided to become who you truly are meant to be. We invite you to attend one of our VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSES, so you can discover how Solebury School can do this for you. Take a virtual tour of our 140-acre campus, hear from our students, faculty, and staff, and learn why Solebury is what school should be. Virtual open houses: October 18, November 15, December 6. www.solebury.org


Stuart Country Day School • At Stuart, girls are given the opportunity to grow, to be challenged, and to challenge others in a safe environment. Our mission is to educate girls for lives of exceptional leadership and service. With outstanding academics and our expert and innovative faculty–who know girls and know each girl well – Stuart girls discover ways to unleash the strength within and transform themselves into brave, bold, powerful and wonderful young women. Now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. Discover the difference of a Stuart education at our upcoming Virtual Discovery Day on Sunday, October 18, from 1-3 PM. Register at stuartschool.org/openhouse. While we are unable to host in-person tours during the school day due to COVID-19, please contact Joe Petitto, Director of Admissions and Events, at 600.921.2330 option 4 or jpetitto@stuartschool.org to schedule a Saturday tour.


The George School • A global school with local roots, George School is a Quaker, co-ed boarding and day high school in Newtown, PA. Convenient to New York City, Philadelphia, and Princeton, the school is located on a picturesque campus of open lawns and beautiful woods. George School is an experienced leader in education, offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma program and boasting a diploma success rate of 100 percent in recent years, and offering nearly 20 Advanced Placement courses. Students are immersed in learning across all disciplines in a rigorous yet personalized curriculum that provides flexible instruction with distance-learning capability when required. Students participate in 25 different team sports and take physical wellness classes in state-of-the-art facilities. George School’s three-season equestrian program combines athleticism and horsemanship for novice and advanced riders. George School graduates attend the most selective colleges and universities worldwide, and become confident and capable leaders rooted in self-awareness, self-sufficiency, and the ability to listen deeply to others. Contact admission@georgeschool.org, call 215.579.6547, or visit www.georgeschool.org to learn more about George School.


The Hun School of Princeton • THE HUN SCHOOL OF PRINCETON is a joyful, striving community of learners and teachers who want to experience something profound every day: that sweet spot between challenging academics that push our brains and the personal endeavors that soar our hearts. This is what we call “a balanced equation”—a thoughtful way of teaching that brings out the best in our students and best prepares them for life. Serving students in grades 6 – 12 and PG, boarding and day. THE HUN SCHOOL OF PRINCETON 176 Edgerstoune Road Princeton, NJ 08540 (609) 921-7600 www.hunschool.org/admission or admission@hunschool.org


Westminster Conservatory • Westminster Conservatory, the community music school of Westminster Choir College of Rider University, offers virtual music lessons and classes for all ages and stages of ability. Become part of the Westminster Conservatory family by enrolling in either online private or group classes in an instrument of your choice, early childhood classes, music theater, a variety of group classes, coached and reading instrumental ensembles, or instrumental and choral performing ensembles. www.rider.edu/academics/colleges-schools/westminster-college-of-the-arts/westminster-conservatory-music


Extra Curricular Activities & More
Art Sparks • As the beauty of the season brings change and colorful variety, so will our Fall session. We will continue to offer our engaging virtual classes & exciting art boxes, and will introduce small, in-person experiences throughout the season. Please visit www.artsparksstudio.com for registration, and to view our COVID-19 safety information. Classes begin October 12. We hope you can join us!


Arts Council of Princeton • Let the Arts Council of Princeton take one thing off your plate — we can handle all your art needs this fall! After school, your young artists can join us for either virtual or small group in-person classes to try their hand at ceramics, painting, mixed media, fiber arts, and more! ‘Private Pod’ classes are also available by request to bring your own small group for a private session. And don’t worry, the kids don’t get to have all the fun! There are tons of options for adults, too, in a wide variety of media. To learn more and to register, visit us at artcoucilofprinceton.org or give us a call at 609.924.8777.


Princeton Ballet School • Princeton Ballet School is now enrolling for in-person and online instruction for all levels ages 3 through adult. The safety of our students, faculty, and staff remain our top priority. Hybrid option classes are grouped into 2 cohorts, alternating between in-person and online instruction. There will be limited class sizes with a maximum of 6-12 dancers in each studio, depending on the size of each space. The Virtual option live-stream classes to enable students to learn online with their class level, and be able to participate in the full program from home. To learn more: arballet.org Princeton Ballet School The Official School of American Repertory Ballet, 301 N. Harrison Street Princeton, NJ 08540 609.921.7758


Sky Zone • The Bounce is Back at Sky Zone Hamilton! We have reopened and are following CDC, State, and Local Guidelines to ensure you have a safe – and FUN – experience when you visit our park. We are now open for Open Jump, Birthday Parties, and Private Play Experiences on select days. Introducing SkyStudy – the Ultimate Combination of E-Learning & Recess! Beginning 9/8, students in grades 1st – 8th can join us Monday – Friday for their hybrid or remote learning! Complete your E-Learning in small groups of 10 or less with one of our Study Counselors, and after you complete your work – Have the ultimate recess with Dodgeball, Foam Zone, or the Ninja Warrior Course! Learn more at www.skyzone.com/Hamilton. “Have Fun, Stay Safe, and we will see you whenever you’re ready to visit us again!”


The Watershed Institute • The Watershed Institute has quickly pivoted fall programs to offer an outlet for cooped up families who crave a combination of safe activities and outdoor fun. With experience teaching outdoors, Watershed educators are right at home with nature-based education, and the perfect venue to explore. The 950-acre Watershed Reserve is equipped for socially distanced activities and guest visitors, including a Wi-Fi-ready tent hall, and portable restrooms. Fall events are limited in size, so register early at thewatershed.org/events.

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