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Voyagers' Community School

Private | K-12 | 58 students

Our school is considered one of the preeminent progressive schools in the region

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $395,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,310.

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted June 19, 2014

Our family was there for several years and found that many changes had been happening, creating it to be a lot less organized and more of a rigid place. It seemed as though many parents were feeling the same way. I am relieved to say that my family feels much happier and safer with not being there anymore.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2014

I am surprised about the negative comments. One school cannot serve 100% of everyone s needs 100% of the time & Voyagers is no different. That being said, Voyagers Community School is a gift. Part of the Vision Statement describes the school as, A place that honors & encourages children s vision, tenacity, initiative, imagination, generosity & exploration. That describes Voyagers & our experiences there with 100% accuracy. My Voyagers student enjoys & embraces the learning opportunities provided; my Voyagers student is encouraged to explore, think & grow every single day; my Voyagers student is empowered & encouraged by the staff to be unique, imaginative & generous. This is my experience & the experience of other Voyagers children & families. Voyagers is not for every student or family. This is not a failure on the part of the school, family or student. One school cannot serve 100% of everyone s needs 100% of the time. It is a shame that when families decide to leave they cannot do so gracefully, knowing they tried to do something great for their children that was just not the right fit & knowing that they will continue looking until they find a school that works for them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2014

I have been a student at Voyagers' for all four years of high school. Yesterday, I graduated alongside three of the most brilliant and creative people I've had the pleasure of knowing. I can proudly say this school and the people in it have shaped the writer and artist I am today. The school is brimming with creativity, positive energy, and innovation. I came from a public school in which I did not belong. There was nothing "wrong" with me - I simply needed a more intimate environment to happily learn and grow. In this school, students are treated as much more than a number. I've made lifelong friendships with my class and the staff. To me, the greatest thing about Voyagers' is the mixed age groups. I've found that anyone can get along with another, regardless of age, gender, or religion. I probably wouldn't have made it into my dream college if it wasn't for this school. Needless to say, I highly recommend it.


Posted June 13, 2014

I asked about teachers and degrees and learned, among the seven teachers on staff, 4 hold masters degrees. One has gone on to complete 30 credits beyond a masters degree and another is about to pursue a second masters. What's to complain about? I also learned that the four graduating seniors were accepted by 23 or more colleges and universities, including Sarah Lawrence, University of Delaware, Oberlin College, and Hampshire College. These students all received offers of merit scholarships. Two were each offered up to $98,000 for four years. What's to complain about? Over the years I have learned that haters spend a lot more time hating than they do cleaning up their own house. Visit the school, decide for yourself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2014

Our child was there for a year. The first six months were good but there were a couple of red flags we chose to overlook. We at first thought that we may have found something special but quickly learned that all the writing and the speeches were good but none were backed up by actions. In our opinion, there is nothing progressive about this school. There is a huge lack of supervision among the youngest students which leads to dangerous situations. Academically, you have a few bright students but there is not enough qualified staff to address their needs. And just like some of the other reviews, if you questioned anything or brought up something to the director that she did not like, you were quickly made to feel that you did something wrong which trickled down to your child. It was very odd behavior by the director and some of the teachers. For the amount of money you are spending, you would expect a more organized, safe and academically stimulating environment for children and in our opinion it was nothing like that. It was a very big disappointment and a hard lesson.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2014

This school may not work for every child but what school does? My child is intelligent and social and he thrives at Voyagers' because there it's ok to be smart and it's ok to ask lots of questions - things which he was made to feel 'dorky' about at his old public school. I'm thankful he spent his first school years at the public school because he made a lot of local friends whom he still keeps in touch with. But I am also glad that we got him away from that memorized learning for the sole purpose of test taking. He is more creative and engaged in his learning now than ever before and is always excited to go to school. For me, that is worth a lot. Could there be improvements? Absolutely. But I have yet to know anyone who has found the perfect school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2014

This is a very good school if your child needs help with their social skills. This is not a very good school if you want your child to get a good academic education. Take note at how many parents have pulled their kids over the last few years. Take note of the turnover of teachers over the last few years. Take note of how many of the teachers have teaching degrees! Do your homework before it costs you money and your kids an education!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2014

I am happy to report that 9 students have been recognized as accomplished writers, 1 has been invited to speak at two national conferences, 2 won humanity and kindness awards, and 3 were invited to attend intensive writing programs on college campuses, Our college bound students have been accepted to 29 colleges including Sarah Lawrence, Bard, University of Delaware, Emerson, SUNY Purchase, Dickinson, College of Wooster and Drew University. All this was accomplished over the past ten months. Also, students choosing to attend public high schools were accepted to Law and Public Service and Fine and Performing Arts programs through the FRHSD. Also, 1 student was accepted to High Technology High School, a pre-engineering career academy ranked among the best STEM programs in the country. Voyagers' student are powerful, resourceful and competent. They are supported by a teaching staff of 7 who, among them, hold advanced degrees, continuing education credits and teaching certification. Operating for ten years, Voyagers' Community provides a caring environment where children also learn to be critical thinkers, problem solvers and innovators prepared for our ever-growing, global society.
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Posted April 17, 2014

An amazing school!!! My kids are being loved by the students and the teachers. I am the happiest parent in the world.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2014

My daughter found a place where she could safely mature socially while advancing her academic level. She loves going to school every day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2014

My daughter has been at Voyagers for three years. She came in after performing at an average level in public school but struggling with socially. I have had her tested every year to measure progress. She has exploded academically. Her reading level this year was in the 95th percentile for the year above her, her math is in the 80th percentile and the science was in the 90th percentile. I don't always understand the methods but it seems to work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2014

At first, you think this is a great school but as time progresses, you see tons of problems. Children are not disciplined and fair consequences are not given. Some children get more privileges while others do not. Promises are made to provide 'wholistic' education that are not followed through with most of the time. Some teachers are great while others lack in the basics such as writing skills and grammar. It comes off friendly, but if you don't agree, you can be sidelined and not even know what you did wrong. It was an interesting experience full of learning for our family. For the cost, it was not worth it for our family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2013

Enrolled at the beginning of this school year. My child is bright and was not sufficiently challenged in our local public school -- a good school, but they can't be all things to all people. Here my child is advancing at an individual pace, instead of squirming impatiently and losing interest in learning. The teachers and the director are excellent, the curriculum is based on the highest standards in the country, and the emphasis on mutual respect and peaceful conflict resolution is profound. Our family had been considering a move to another state, but I don't think we can leave now, because I don't think we'll ever find a school as wonderful as this one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2012

A wonderful school with so much to offer! Learning in fun, challenging and exciting ways!! A visionary director, and a dedicated staff of extremely knowledgeable (in your child's personal, social and academic growth) instructors. This community school has been a great experience for my son. He is thriving in this environment and wants more!! If you are looking for a school where you can be involved in your child's education, voluntter, and be a part of a community of teachers, students and families, then you won't be disappointed. Take a look for yourself!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2012

My son has been attending Voyagers' since September and has been having a wonderful experience. He has the opportunity to participate in active learning experiences and explore areas of interest. He has gained a love of film making and engineering. It is a great environment for children to learn the basics and sooo much more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2012

Voyagers' Community School is made up of a community of dedicated and effective teachers, a visionary director, and children who learn to love gaining knowledge and skills by exploring the subjects they are studying. They are empowered to learn on their own as well as challenged by the teachers during classroom time. The families who send their children to this school are intelligent, involved and concerned. My son is 13 years old and has been attending for three years. He is in seventh grade and has been allowed to move much faster than he would have in public school. He is taking Algebra 1, and also high school level Physics. He is thrilled to be able to engage in these topics, rather than waiting until the rest of the kids his age are ready for them. He also participates in the school's Robotics Team. The team is headed up by a very dedicated teacher who gives his time and effort to the team to help them grow. This year, the team advanced to the State Championships where they came in FIRST PLACE for their Research Project. I highly recommend Voyagers' community school. There are many more aspects of the school I could discuss, but I am at the space the limit!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2012

My daughter has been attending Voyagers since September and absolutely loves it! The teachers work so hard and are so dedicated to each and every. She has blossomed by the warm, non judgmental atmosphere. She actually loves going to school every day and is learning so much! I couldn't be more pleased with her progress!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2012

excellent teachers, staff, students and parents. completely participatory and based on community strength. my daughter has thrived in the environment at voyagers.......this is the way learning should be. fun, challenging and exciting....students are encouraged to think outside the box and viewed as partners in learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2012

We are really happy with Voyagers. Our child began 4 months ago and loves to go to school. I am especially happy with how she is bonding with children in her class. the older kids are really kind and supportive of the younger ones. There are many opportunities to get involved with my child's school, from planning conferences and helping with class projects to community forums. the school is becoming an important community for our family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2011

The ideas behind this school make sense, but as a substitute for a "regular" school, this didn't work for us. After giving it a try, we felt our child needed more on many levels, more programs, more teachers to learn from, more children to socialize with, and so on. This school turned out to be too small and too limited for our purposes. It was even a difficult adjustment for us having one "leader" of the school, versus an administration and a Board of Education. Still, in our opinion, it is a nice option for those who have special needs children (could be wrong, but it seemed there seemed there were a higher percentage than usual with special needs), or those with unusual circumstances (such as those who homeschool for specific reasons and want a place to send their kids part time), or for those who really don't want regular school at all. Best advice is to decide what you need and are looking for, and choose very carefully.
—Submitted by a parent


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College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 25% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 60% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 0% (2013)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 10% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 5% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Sarah Lawrence College
Brookdale College
Fort Lewis College
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Electrical
Visual arts
  • Architecture
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Robotics club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Literary magazine
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen
  • Swimming pool
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 6:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Karen Giuffre'
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Fax number
  • (732) 365-1531

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Hybrid
  • Independent Study
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Internships
  • Multi-aged
  • Outdoor / Farm-based
  • Project-based
  • Reggio Emilia
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Environmental
  • Global
  • Humanities
  • Service learning
  • Social justice
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Electrical

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Help Arrange Carpooling
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Playground
  • Swimming pool
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Community service
  • Gardening
  • Literary magazine
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


9 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
60
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
70

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$5000 - $14000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Sarah Lawrence College
Brookdale College
Fort Lewis College
College preparation / awareness offered
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 25%
4 year college - 60%
Military - 0%
Vocational - 10%
Workforce - 5%
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321 West Farms Road
Farmingdale, NJ 07727
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Phone: (732) 842-1660

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