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321 West Farms Road
Farmingdale, NJ 07727

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(732) 842-1660
(732) 365-1531
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May 14, 2015
My son was always a high-achieving student at our public school. 7th grade brought many changes - school began earlier, math and language arts classes were longer and elective courses were cut - all to ensure the best outcome on the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test. The curriculum followed suit, with meaningful instruction and project-based learning giving way to teaching the test. He complained about extended sitting through long, lecture-based classes, lack of learning options, uninspired (thus, uninspiring) teachers and no social time. My son began at Voyagers in 2014, where he has been able to learn based on self-interest, advance at his own pace, move around and go outside, collaborate and socialize with others, and initiate and participate rather than just observe. Since joining, his enthusiasm for school has skyrocketed. I have happily watched him garner greater self-confidence and a renewed love of learning. I am indebted to Voyagers for fostering empowered learning, critical thinking and differentiated academics, and mostly, for knowing that children must be ready for more than college or career they must be ready for life.

- submitted by a parent

April 20, 2015
A fantastic alternative to public school. I got so tired of the test prep and testing at the public school that I wanted a school that would teach so kids loved to learn. Voyagers has worked out wonderfully for my family.

- submitted by a parent

March 10, 2015
Love this school and the director/teachers. This school has helped my daughter and I highly recommend. If your willing to think of of the box (school is unlike traditional schools), this school is for you. Any concerns I've had were answered immediately. I'm looking forward to the future with Voyagers.

- submitted by a parent

February 07, 2015
It's almost laughable the list of colleges they claim have offered to accept and/or accepted students from Voyagers because the number of graduates can't be any more than 10 TOTAL since the first 2011 year. And the "accreditation issue" is a huge problem. Read between the lines - the twists and turns of truth written by this school are often fabricated simply to draw you in. Do your homework before enrolling here, and then DON"T! Seek advice from those that have been hurt over the years and have left under very difficult circumstances. They have a common thread. Don't be surprised if you find there are far more of them than actual students or graduates from here. Be wise and be careful

- submitted by a parent

January 18, 2015
Since the first graduating class in 2011, 100% percent of Voyagers students have been accepted to colleges and universities. Bard College, Brookdale Community College, The College of Wooster, Curry College, Dickinson College, Drew University, Emerson College, Fort Lewis College, George Mason University, Georgian Court University, Goucher College, Hampshire College, Hood College, Lynn University, Manhattanville College, Marlboro College, Monmouth University, Muhlenberg College, New England College, The New School, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan College, Quinnipiac University, Rider University s Westminister Conservatory of Music, Rowan College, Rutgers University, St. John s University, Salisbury College, Sarah Lawrence College, Stonehill College, Suffolk University, SUNY Puchase, Susquehanna University, University of Colorado, University of Delaware, University of Hawaii, University of Massachusetts, Ursinus College. To learn more visit: http://voyagerskids.com/Voyagers%20Community%20School%20Profile.pdf

- submitted by a school leader

January 18, 2015
My child is in the same situation as others in regards to Voyagers lack of accreditation so I'm feeling the same pain. If a school is not regionally or nationally accredited it is unaccredited no matter what they say because it is a matter of record. By telling people to visit the school to check it out does not mean the school is accredited, by saying the school is listed under the NJDOE list of schools does not mean the school is accredited but just that it is a school other than a public school in NJ and by saying students are being "accepted" or being awarded scholarships to colleges does not mean the school is accredited either. What it does mean is that the school(the HS or College)is not researching Voyagers' credentials and accepts them and or accepting students only if they pass a GED or take and show high enough SAT or ACT test scores etc. The real problem here is my child won't be able to utilize Voyagers' credits. This cost a lot of money and time which was for naught. What this all means is the credits and diploma from Voyagers' will not stand on it's own for admission to an accredited school as Voyagers is unaccredited per established lists of US accredited schools.

- submitted by a parent

December 16, 2014
I am surprised and disappointed to read negative reviews of this amazing school. The director and staff truly care about the kids and their well being both academically and socially. We did not encounter any of the issues the other reviewers mentioned. In fact the exact opposite. The director was very responsive to any inquiries/suggestions we had and was incredibly generous with her time and interest in our son. Over the past three years, my son has blossomed into a more confident student/human being and he regards her with the highest respect, as almost as another mom. The other teachers care deeply and push the kids to give their best effort. It may not suit everyone, but I highly recommend you visit and make your own decision.

- submitted by a parent

October 25, 2014
People choose this school because of the promises it makes on paper. Trust and community minded are very much lacking. It is not run democratic style at all. This school is a dictatorship with very little acceptance from the parents who want to help. Large concerns are not taken care of properly leaving a child to feel unsafe. My child did not trust anyone because of the continuous unfair ways. A small community minded school should be mostly that. Safe and fair. You won't get it here.

- submitted by a community member

August 17, 2014
My son went to this school. It was a waste of money. Before the move from the girls scouts place they were great. Once she got her own place it was an official daycare for older kids. My son was bullied and picked on. They school saw no problem as kids need to work out their own problems. The things my child and several other kids would say happened during the day, left you wondering if their was any supervision. I know several families that have left cause of the same reasons. Stay away from voyaygers.

- submitted by a parent

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

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.

- submitted by a community member

June 09, 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

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

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

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.

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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

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

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.

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March 08, 2012
STUDENTS WHO HAVE LEFT THIS SCHOOL PAINT A VERY DIFFERENT PICTURE OF THE SCHOOL THEN IS PRESENTED ON THE WEBSITE ,AS WELL AS GREAT SCHOOLS WEB SITE. EVERY CHILD INCLUDING THE DIRECTOR KAREN GUIFFRE'S CHILDREN HAVE NEEDED TUTORING FOR THE BASIC SKILLS REQUIRED BY ALL HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE/UNIVERSITIES. HOW COME AS AN EDUCATED PROFESSIONAL EVEN THE DIRECTOR OF THE SCHOOL CAN NOT TEACH CHILDREN TO READ , WRITE AND DO ARITHMETIC.. I MUST SAY ONE THING THEY DO ALLOW THE CHLDREN TO EXPLORE WHAT INTERESTS THEM. AND THIS IS WONDERFUL HOWEVER IN GOOD CONSCIENCE YOU NEED TO READ ,WRITE AND DO ARITHMETIC TO BE ACCEPTED INTO HIGH SCHOOL. WHEN HER OWN DAUGHTER NEEDS READING TUTORING FROM AN OUTSIDE SOURCE YOU NEED TO WONDER WHERE KAREN GUFFRE'S PRIORITIES ARE ..WITH HER SCHOOL OR WTH HER DAUGHTER!! THIS IS A GREAT SCHOOL FOR THE LAND OF THE MISFIT TOYS BUT THE APPROPRIATE SCHOOL FOR YOUR CHILD??? I ASK YOU...

- submitted by a parent

February 07, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 30, 2008
This is a Great new School. If you are looking for individual attention and programs that are designed for how your child learns and an environment that fosters co-operation and celebrates individuality, this is the school. If you want a school that teaches to the test and compares students to state mandates stay way this school is not for you. This is the best place for young learners in Monmouth County! A breath of fresh air start up school with care and knowledgeable teachers and an awesome director.

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Voyagers' Community School
321 West Farms Road, Farmingdale, NJ  07727
(732) 842-1660
Last modified Voyagers' Community School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Voyagers' Community School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 27 reviews. Top