We looked at a couple of different private schools before enrolling our son at Stevens Cooperative School. Initially, we had a different private school in mind because they offered French, but after we went to Stevens’ open house we felt that Stevens would be the best fit and decided to enroll him there. Stevens did not disappoint. We had a great first impression but love the school even more now since our son is a student. He is so excited to go to school every day and even asked us during winter break when he could go back to school. Everybody there, the teachers and the administration are very passionate about teaching and deeply care about the students. Stevens’ teachers and administration are focused on the students and how they can best serve them. Our son is in PreK and his teachers are fantastic, very warm and caring but still provide the structure and discipline preschoolers crave. The curriculum is very hands on and nurtures his creative freedom to express himself through play and block building and storytelling. He also made great progress learning to read and write and can even do simple math and speak a bit of Spanish after only five months. We are very happy with Stevens and look forward to seeing him blossom there.
Both of my girls have attended Stevens from Kindergarten through 8th grade and we have been very pleased as parents. Our girls have a true love of learning and the school is especially strong in developing communication skills- oral presentations and writing. Skills which are essential in life. They start the children with public speaking in Kindergarten with the child writing a book and presenting it to the class. Furthermore, the high school placement program is superior: organized, supportive and robust.
We have had a very positive experience at Stevens Cooperative School. Our children love their teachers and school. They are excited to go to school and have developed a sincere love of learning. We get very detailed information about our children's social and academic development from their teachers. Stevens Cooperative school provides our children with an excellent level of education in a warm and nurturing environment.
Stevens was quite a disappointment for our child and family. Poor academics, rigid approach, and an administration that can be hostile to open communication and feedback. Before enrolling, we had read other negative reviews and wondered if that was because the parents didn t understand progressive education or they were isolated cases. They are not. Beware. Despite advertising as such, the school does not deliver a student-centric curriculum. The teachers adhere so strictly to their plans that there is very little room to nurture any individual talents in students. Instead, this progressive school delivers a one size fits all approach. And despite calling itself a Cooperative, parents are specifically discouraged from sharing opinions. Like many other reviewers here, we found that if we asked questions or in any way sought to give feedback, we were bullied by the school head into silence. Friends and family were appalled by the way we were treated, particularly when you consider the high cost of tuition. We luckily were able to move our child to another progressive school. The difference has been astounding. Don t fall for the hype. Stevens is NOT worth the money
There are many things that excite me about Stevens - the leadership, the innovative curriculum, the integration of technology, the numerous trips and the sense of community but the most important is that each year it gets better. They do not rest on the laurels of prior success, each year things are added that enhance the quality of education. This year was latin, smartboards in the second grade and a music ensemble. My children are excited to go to school every day which I know makes it easier for them to learn and grow. I could not be happier.
We give this school a few stars because it isn't horrible but rather average and certainly not worth the money. In three years at the school, our daughter had to be tutored outside to keep up. In short, don't buy all the hype and really consider what you're getting. We were very insecure and unsure where to send our daughter when we came to NJ. The admissions department excels on preying on our fears and we got sucked in. Stevens needs all the bells and whistles to compensate for what it lacks. We've become wise since then.
Stevens Cooperative School continues to be a wonderful place for my kids! I am especially impressed with my daughter's middle school teacher this year. She has already set a tone of teamwork and collaboration that's transferring to my daughter's work and sense of community. I'm so glad we are there!