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Rutgers Preparatory School

Private | PK-12 & ungraded | 680 students

Rutgers Prep is New Jersey's First Independent School .. since 1766.
 
 

 
 

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2014:
Based on 7 ratings
2013:
Based on 9 ratings
2012:
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2011:
Based on 4 ratings

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Posted yesterday

As a graduate of RPS I can say that I received an excellent education at RPS. The quality and depth of my education was apparent after the first few weeks on UPenn's campus. I was prepared not only for the workload but also confident that I could produce the caliber of work that was expected of the student body at UPenn. I began RPS in the middle school and started to understand what it felt like to move towards my academic and athletic potential. By my Junior year at RPS I took upper level classes, earning grades I was proud of, and excelling athletically. Before attending RPS I barely dreamed of excelling academically or athletically. Before RPS I felt lost in the crowd, yet while at RPS I felt nurtured, challenged, and valued as a person. Now, years after graduating, I see the path that my RPS education made possible for me. I know I am a more confident, empathetic and a well rounded person for having gone to Rutgers Prep.


Posted Monday, November 17, 2014

RPS Thank you for being the place that gives our son - confidence, a voice and a sense of pride. It was very hard for a shy kid to take a chance and go to a school away from his friends in public school and where he didn t know anybody. It didn t take long for him to blend in and take advantage of everything that RPS has to offer academics, athletics, supportive and available teachers, diversity, independence, and I could go on. He wears his RPS clothing with a smile and the ride home is filled with conversation about his day. This is truly incredible considering that the teen years, we heard, are typically a time when boys stop sharing information with their parents. We look forward to next year when his younger brothers will join this amazing community. We only have one regret Why did we wait so long to send them to RPS??
—Submitted by a parent


Posted Sunday, November 16, 2014

I am a proud parent of a Rutgers Prep graduate (Class of 2014). We all found Rutgers Prep to be a warm and nourishing environment. The teachers were always willing to provide assistance and/or guidance even if this time is needed before school or after school. Rutgers Prep truly cares about the whole student, not just an academic test score. Our son is a fine young man who became a leader in the classroom and on the athletic field. Due to the phenomenal, well-rounded education my son received at Rutgers Prep, he is now attending a top college recently recognized by the New York Times as, "Better Than Ivy..." Once again, it was the teachers/coaches who guided my son to this fine secondary institution. He is well prepared for and flourishing in his first semester of college. We could not be more proud of our son. Having our son attend Rutgers Prep is one of the best decisions we've ever made for his future. We are forever grateful!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted Friday, November 14, 2014

Rutgers Prep is a phenomenal educational and professional environment. Students have opportunities to learn, collaborate, grow, and lead; and faculty are extremely well supported in their endeavors to facilitate these opportunities. As a product of an independent school education, and a child of a teacher, I have a tremendous respect for, and awareness of, the things that are so easy to take for granted in an independent school. A sense of community. Mutual respect among faculty and between children and adults. Collaborative efforts between divisions to foster connections between students of all ages. Access to cutting edge technologies. These attributes are built in to Rutgers Prep, and they make a huge difference in the lives of its teachers and students. They are at the forefront of the School s mission, and yet they are not forced; it just comes naturally. And that result is the product of a caring and compassionate community, who is invested in its students, teachers, and administrators at every level.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 24, 2014

The school lacks strong leadership, suffers from a stale, poorly articulated curriculum and inconsistent (at best) teaching quality. The MS English curriculum consists of dragging out three books over the full year and giving quizzes on those books. Our eldest did no creative writing and little writing at all after grade 5. The math curriculum is a year behind that of peer schools. The science curriculum is also out of step-neither a legitimate accelerated traditional approach, nor the physics first alternative. Rather, students are provided a diluted life science course in 8th grade to give the appearance of an accelerated traditional sequence. The elem curriculum is driven by semester long projects that are not thoughtfully integrated learning experiences but rather an opportunity to put on a daylong show for parents (created by parents). Finally, the high turnover of students, increased behavior issues, unwillingness to manage them appropriately, and the school s attempts to stay financially viable by expanding their Chinese exchange program signal a school facing serious challenges. Current leadership seems unwilling to tackle these challenges and faculty largely incapable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2014

We had two children in the lower school - initially we were very happy, as the teachers in the annex are wonderful. Over time problems arose - there were a few kids with severe behavioral issues and our kids were becoming increasingly nervous about going to school. The teachers did everything they could and the administration was clearly concerned more about revenue than solving the problem at hand. As a less competitive school, there is not a waiting list of kids hoping to get those slots so the administration allows things to go on long past what is reasonable. While the diversity of this school is wonderful, the administration does not give the required support to the teachers in tough situations. We were very disappointed and moved our kids to another independent school with a better track record of support and tone from the top.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2014

We are proud parents of a son (RPS class of 2010) and daughter (RPS class of 2014). Each entered RPS in the Middle School, and then completed the Upper School. Their RPS experiences were excellent and very gratifying. The school and staff provided the intimate and nurturing environment that allowed our children to develop into self-confident, mature young adults. With the wide range of advanced academic offerings, each of our children created rigorous schedules emphasizing their interests. Both our son and daughter found the educators ALWAYS willing to avail themselves for any help or guidance needed. Our son is about to complete an undergraduate degree at a notable Northeast engineering school. Later this year, our daughter will begin the journalism program at a prestigious Eastern college. RPS taught our children to become leaders in the classroom, and on the sports fields. These outcomes would not have been possible without the well-rounded education afforded them at RPS. We could not have made better investments in the futures of our children than sending them to RPS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2013

Extremely disappointing and highly over-rated. While there are some genuinely caring staff members at the school, overall we found the Lower School teaching quality mediocre to quite poor, while the administration was high-handed, authoritarian and uncooperative. There seemed to be a strong emphasis on conformity versus creativity. They were neither kid- nor parent-friendly, and our child was manifestly unhappy there. Considering the small class sizes, which should have been a plus, there was an astounding level of psychological bullying. If this school spent as much energy on providing a supportive learning environment as they do on public relations and fundraising they might someday live up to the carefully crafted image they like to put forward. Once parents sign the contract, the tone can change quite quickly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2013

As a parent of two graduates of RPS, I am extremely grateful for the education they received. They both found their passion (one for science and one for law), were admitted to their first choice schools, left HS with self confidence, and were better prepared for college than many of their peers. They are now successful young professionals in law and medicine and I'm convinced that their RPS experience was critical in their success. RPS has teachers who love to teach and a diverse student body. Their RPS education was a great investment, probably the best my wife and I have made for our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2013

Rutgers Prep is one of the hidden gems in a highly competitive independent school market. My children have attended Rutgers Prep for the last eight years and have embraced the academic rigor and the core values offered by the institution. There are so many opportunities to carve out your niche and follow your passion. At Rutgers Prep, not only do faculty members know my children, they are advocates for them and know their best selves. I could not be more proud of my kids and know that the Rutgers Prep community deserves a large part of the credit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2013

rutgers prep has regressed greatly as my children have moved up.The school is stale and changes are for the worst
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2013

It is with great pleasure I write this commendation about an institution that has enhanced my son's academic experience . Rutgers Preparatory School has given him the tool set necessary to compete at a highly competitive academic institution. The highly anticipated first semester could have not been more successful for him. He frequently mentions how well prepared academically, socially he is for the vigors of university life. If any parent diesires the "best " for their child and affords them "the best" opportunity to succeed in this highly competitive academic environment, my suggestion is to enroll them in RPS. I recommend RPS without reservation or prejudice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2013

My child attended this school. The teachers really don't offer much for the price tag you are paying. The sales pitch is high to get you to return but the education is pretty low. They have a headmaster but he is MIA most of the time. They are running on the name alone and some of the surrounding schools offer a better option. Even if the teachers are complained about they will never fire them, you just have to deal with the issue. They need younger teachers there. Totally not worth the money. Also, if your child is individual kind of thinker. Don't send them there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2013

My son loves Rutgers Preparatory School. Our decision to transfer from a public school system (that was a high rated blue ribbon school ) was the best decision ever. He now has great caring teachers with small class sizes that are much more interactive and academically challenging. There are opportunities for many more technical and specific electives and A/P classes. The school schedule lets him be involved with sports and with many clubs and group organizations. He is more confident and responsible. We definitely made the right decision to join Rutgers Prep.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2013

I had my kids at RPS for 10 years. Over the years the school has changed, and is living on past glory. We decided to leave and was the best decision ever. Great for lower school, middle school is a struggle.........
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2013

Couldn't stnad this school. Can't wait to get out of here. DON'T GO HERE IF YOU HAVE YOUR OWN OPINION, LIKE TO BE YOURSELF, OR HAVE ANY INTERESTING IN LEARNING.


Posted September 22, 2012

This is a great school, the teachers are excellent, especially with the strong principle leadership.


Posted June 20, 2012

My son entered RPS 4 years ago in Pre K. He loves RPS and is very excited for school each day. We are happy to have him part of such a caring community. The other parents share our values which is wonderful. I would like more parents involved at the school but am still really happy. The teachers are caring and really get to know the kids. We are so happy with RPS that we decided his younger brother will join him this fall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2012

This is a GREAT school. There are constant challenges academically that the teachers and adminstration are trying their best to provide the kids on a daily basis. Yes, the school doesn't "look" that great when you first walk in - it really needs a new coat of fresh spring colors and new flooring that isn't all crimson!! But don't let that take away from what his school offers - individual attention, small class sizes, rigorous curriculum that is constantly being updated, the best technology used effectively, a good athletics program in the high school, solid college acceptances and even more individual attention! Our art studio needs a new (bigger home), but we still put on quite a show! Rutgers Prep is the PLACE TO BE!!


Posted March 24, 2012

As the parent of a student who attended Rutgers Prep from kindergarten through graduation, I believe the experience was outstanding. My child was extremely well prepared for college, having excellent academic and time management skills. In addition, the confidence and thirst for knowledge instilled in my child will enrich her future always.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 84% 52%
Black 7% 19%
Asian 6% 8%
Hispanic 3% 20%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2013)
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming
Visual arts
  • Architecture
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Industrial / graphic design
Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Literary magazine
  • Origami club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Summer college prep programs
Clubs
  • Debate
  • Forensics club
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:20 am
School end time
  • 3:05 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Steven Loy
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (732) 214-1819

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Hybrid
  • Independent Study
  • Project-based
  • STEM
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming
  • Industrial / graphic design

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Summer college prep programs
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Dance club
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Forensics club
  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
  • Game club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Lesbian, gay, transgender club
  • Literary magazine
  • Math club
  • Model UN
  • Model congress
  • National Honor Society
  • Origami club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Technology club
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$12000 - $30000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
4 year college - 100%
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1345 Easton Avenue
Franklin Township, NJ 08873
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Phone: (732) 545-5600

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