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41 Tuers Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306

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4 stars
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June 07, 2014
Our kids just finished their first year at Primary Prep, in Kindergarten and Second Grade, and we couldn't be more pleased. They have both made amazing progress academically, and are both really sad that the year is coming to an end - both lamenting that they don't want school to end because of how much they will miss their teachers and fellow students.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2014
We agree that the school has gone downhill. The school uses contests, awards, and even grades as more of a motivator as opposed to recognizing those who truly deserve it (as evidenced in the poem recitals, science fairs, and monthly awards). We attended the spring show recently and were stunned that it didn't let out until 9:30pm! The children were expected at school the following day and our kids didn't get to be until 11:30 because they were so wound up! The event was overcrowded and we could barely move around or see our children perform. This money maker is a complete joke and we are disgusted that the principal would expect us and the kids to sit through over four hours of what seemed to be torture. Instead of breaking up the classes and nights of the show, the school took the easy way out by cramming parents and children to sit through almost four hours of song after excruciating song. This situation was an abuse of our time and the last straw for our family. We are convinced that Primary Prep doesn't have the best interest of the child in mind.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2014
Great School. We moved our son from an other private school in the area. He is very happy and school is very strong academically. We are glad we made the move.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2013
Wast of money! My daughter attended that school for 3 years. The academic was very basic. She did received straight A's for academic 1 grade below her current grade. If your child is smart and outstanding I do not recommend sending him/her to this school. If not, this is the place for for them. Submitted by a parent

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2013
I have two children at the school and love it. You cannot find the same combination of strong academics and dsicipline along with such a rich focus on the arts in any other school in the area that I have seen. My kids are so happy to go to school and are learning a lot. Counting the days until Fall!

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2013
Our child transferred to Primary Prep from the West coast and we took a chance on the school based on the high recommendations of a few other families that attended over 7 years ago. We made a mistake. After a very 1.5 years, we decided to switch to another school. It turned out that Primary Prep was not a good match for our very creative and sensitive child. Creativity and expression are not encouraged at the school and in the older grades, the school's flat academics became stifling to our child. Like cogs in a machine, the school teaches kids to follow orders instead of allowing for some free thinking and real learning. There were also bullying issues that went minimized and overlooked and this was disappointing. A bit of advice we hope will help parents who are in the difficult process of transferring their child from other state/country: choose a school based on the teaching method opposed to the recommendations of others. Others have different standards and the stresses involved in moving to another state often cloud important factors in choosing the right school for your child. We wish someone would have reminded us of this.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2013
I can't help but question the comments of the submission made on June 12. Did this parent take the time to research the school before registering? It would have been obvious that there was no grass or garden if it was a true concern at the time. Did this parent ever walk the halls of the school and take time to view the artwork that covers the walls or hear the sounds of the children singing along with a phenomenal choral director? As for fundraising, it's always optional and keeps tuition down. Sounds like this parent is not a team player and is only looking for a school that will entertain their child instead of actually being educated. Primary Prep offers a perfect balance of creativity and education.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2013
I have very mixed feelings about this school. The physical space is very clean and cheerful and my daughter's PreK 4 teacher is wonderful, but I am very disappointed in the curriculum. My daughter now dreads school, when she used to be so happy to go. Her 3 year old Abbot program used a HighScope curriculum and it was much more creative and connected to the children's interests. Now she is being drilled on writing her letters perfectly (You can do better!) is a common comment on her homework and the approach feels very old school in a bad way. Fingers crossed that we can get into a charter. We are considering leaving for a public school.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2013
My youngest started in Pre-K 3 and has been at Primary Prep for a few years now. He absolutely loves, loves, loves it! The elementary school teachers are truly caring and nurturing. He is, academically, far beyond his friends that attend the public schools in Jersey City. He is counting money (including coins), adding, subtracting, telling time, and reading in Kindergarten. IT'S A GREAT SCHOOL FOR GRADES 4 AND BELOW, but I wish I could say the same for the middle school! it's really sad how something so wonderful can fall so flat the next year! Parents are involved but very cliquish...and you literally have to 'donate' your time, goods, or funds for your concerns to get answered. I know of children whose parents were told there was no room in some grades for their child, but the next school year we would see new students in those same grades! Pre-K through 4th grade I give 5 STARS all the way! Middle School at Primary Prep gets 1 STAR.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2013
Primary Prep is a very good school from Preschool through maybe 2nd grade, but it's gone down since then. Friends with kids in 7th and 8th grade say that they are happy again with the upper grades. There are some very good teachers, but also some weak ones. The school reminds me of a catholic school from the 70s, without the religion. Kids with any behavioral problems don't do well at the school, but most other kids do fine. Teachers can be punitive and there is a huge emphasis on rote learning and making sure that kids are reading and writing before most experts think it's developmentally appropriate. Mrs. Hoffman is definitely not open to hearing this (or much other feedback- you have to stay on her good side!) Tons of homework, which causes stress every night and all the kids get turned off. We like the arts program, but my kids only want to go to school at the beginning of the week. Most families I know admit to applying for the 2 decent charter schools, but Primary Prep is a good option if you don't get a spot in them. It's more affordable than other private schools and better (in my opinion) that the public schools in Jersey City.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2011
My son is now in the 7th grade and has been going to this school since 2ng grade. My child began with many challenges, one including lack of concentration and consistantly poor grades because of it. The principal Mrs. Hoffman was involved every step of the way and nurtured our son and helped get extra help for him. Faculty in this school know the students by name. They know their interests. They have amazing extra curricular activities, such as drama, 2 hour art classes, 2 hour physical education classes, piano lessons, guitar lessons, glee, etc...the extra music lessons are an extra fee a month depending on the teacher, but they are great. Academically they are on par. When you need to communicate with the teachers...you can easily because they all provide you with the primary prep email addresses. The only thing I wish to change is the lunch. Its just not healthy enough..pizza, chicken nuggets, etc. You of course have the option to send your kids with their own lunch and that is perfectly fine....I love this school and so does my son!!

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2011
We feel this school is the best fit for our daughter. She is highly self-motivated and has a strong academic and social competence. We feel this school's curriculum challenges her intellectually. Their arts department and after-school activities offer a variety of social, spiritual and emotional development.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2011
The staff, not only the child's teachers, knows each of the students by name and face. The teacher is also looking out for the social development of a child; aside from academic growth. The facilities are clean and well-maintained. The principal encourages parents to volunteer, but not pressure them into it. There are after-school activities aside from "after-care." These activities range from piano, guitar, dance, soccer, karate, chess, bricks4kidz, foreign languages, and religious education. Each class charges an extra fee, depending on the activity/teacher. It is usually more affordable than getting this class on your own from an outside teacher/institution. "This allows families to have more time with each other on weekends", according to the principal. I totally agree. Instead of running around to different places for each child (for mulitple children), most of their extracurricular actitivities have been covered during the week. This is a private school. Everything comes with a price; but you won't be disappointed with the quality with what you're paying for.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2011
I have a son who went to this school: he enjoyed first grade through fifth grade. It was a great elementary school. But then, things began to go sour. The teachers for middle school pay absolutely no attention to the students. The academic program is horrible. I would not recommend sending your children to this school for middle school.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2011
One thing that struck me in this school was that the staff truly cared for my son. He's a new student in 1st grade and they said that he is "too quiet." I liked that they were concerned with his social development even if he's doing well academically. The students are respectful and mindful of their manners. In this city, during these "modern" times, it is a delight to see children with great manners. The school has a well-balanced curriculum. It has a good academic program. The 1st graders have a reasonable amount of homework every day (except Friday). I like that they still have music, visual and performing arts, when a lot of schools have already taken that out of their curriculum. They do not force us into fundraisers, but as with any other school, it is highly encouraged. The after-school program offers time for homework and extra-curricular activies. I love it when the principal said, "we're offering these activities in school so you have more time to spend with your children on weekends."

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 09, 2010
I have two daughters, one who graduated from Primary prep and one who still goes there. They love it very much. I like it because the teachers will work with you if your child has a problem

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2010
Horrible school, with teachers that care only about themselves and pay no attention to the students. They teach just to make the day pass by, not to actually teach and inspire. Those who are smart and are doing good, are usually just left to fend for themselves as the others receive large amounts of attention to no avail. If your child is smart and outstanding I do not recommend sending him/her to this school. If not, this is the place for him.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2010
Our kids love going to this school and are excelling as we have always hoped they would. There is a really grounded, common sense, and wholesome feel about the school and the kids are very well behaved. There are many fundraisers which can be annoying but no pressure to participate as the school is not financially dependent on parents. The leader of the school is very intelligent, experienced, and kind and clearly runs a tight ship. We highly recommend this school and are glad we found it!

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2010
We have been with the school for over three years and are very glad in the choice we made in Primary Prep. The school is very intimate and the children are very respectful and seem well rounded. The school expects a lot from the children and there isn't much tolerance for bad behavior. The academics are very good and interestingly, many different teaching methods are incorporated. we give the school a lot of credit that our children have fun at school, love to learn, and look forward to going.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2010
We are very pleased with Primary Prep and believe that it provides the right environment to help children reach their full potential. The class sizes are small and the curriculum is very thoughtful and challenging. The kids seem to get the perfect balance of being nurtured and listened to while also learning to respect and value others. The school is diverse and the children are enriched by it. The children of the school are well behaved and sweet for the most part. The principal of the school is kind, experienced, and dedicated. The school doesn't advertise too much and has flourished by word of mouth. So glad that we were lucky enough that someone directed us to the school!

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2010
As a family, we absolutely love this school! Our 8th grader graduated last year and was accepted into a great High School as were most of his peers. Our other younger child is doing great at the school and loves going. We are grateful to Primary Prep for providing our children with a wonderful program that academically challenges yet is still fun and 'hands on'. The principal is very dedicated and runs the school unbelievably well. We are very grateful to belong to such a wonderful school that gets the job done and provides a warm and nurturing environment.

- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2010
Primary Prep is an excellent school if you prize academics, small class sizes and a nurturing environment. Our child is doing fantastic at school and loves belonging to Primary Prep. The school is very orderly and organized and the teachers are wonderful and respected. The administration is extremely approachable and open minded. We would like to see improvement in the lunch menu so that it is 100% healthy. The after school programs are high quality and thoughtful. The location of the school is ideal and the huge parking lot is a plus. By observing the well behaved children in the school, it is clear that the school does a great job promoting respect for self and others.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2009
We are in our 3rd year at Primary Prep and our children are very content and excelling academically. We are very confident that they are being prepared for real world experiences and challenges. Primary Prep is a truly diverse and interesting place. It has a warm atmosphere and the class sizes are small. The afterschool program is very impressive and organized. The principal is well loved, respected, and knows how to run a school. The best part of the school is the genuine caring for the children and the priority of providing a 'cutting edge' and rich curriculum. We couldn't be more pleased in the choice we made to enroll our children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2009
My 3 year old began in September and he love it!!!!!! Ms J is so nice and smart and is a great teacher..... Breandan has never been in school before so I was a bit scared but she and the whole staff made us feel like family... I hope the school stays this way because we plan to make this his school until 8th grade.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2009
This is our 2nd year. Lot's of after school programming added... chess, soccer, music lessons, voice lessons, etc... Only the 3rd week of September and I am siked for the school year!

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2009
We have completed our 3rd year at the school and are happy to report that both of our children love going to school here and continue to thrive. The teachers are great and the class size of students is small. The greatest features about the school are the teaching methods which keeps the kids involved combined with a rich curriculum. Academics are not lacking at this school and the children are really challenged. We are proud at how our children are performing and excelling. The Spring and Winter shows are amazing and remind us of being at a Broadway show. How thrilling it is that our children get to participate in these shows! The drama, music, language, and extra art class really enhances our children! We love the afterschool program also. Many thanks to Mrs. Hoffman and her wonderful staff. We are so happy to belong to your school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 20, 2009
My son had another excellent year at Primary Prep. My husband and I continue to feel secure in the high-quality education that my son continues to receive. I appreciate Ms. Hoffman's willingness to listen to any concerns dealing with the school. The children are well behaved and the upper class children always look out for the younger children. Great environment.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2009
We had an excellent year at Primary Prep! The principal, Mrs. Hoffman is hands on and extremely responsive. The class sizes are small and the other kids were so well behaved and respectful. The most impressive part of the school is the rich and challenging curriculum. Our children have thrived and we are so glad to have found such a wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2009
The teachers in the toddler program are great, but the program in my opinion is an afterthought. Mrs. Hoffman needs to pay as much attention to this program as she does grades k-8. Primary Prep definitely needs to be reinvented and a greater emphasis needs to be placed on the kids. Mrs. Hoffman doesn't come off as genuine no matter if she seems to think so. Overall the school is good but when you look at other programs like Soaring Heights Charter School which is (free) you see where Primary fails.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2008
Primary Prep is one of the best schools in Jersey City and we should know as we looked at (and were accepted into) four other 'top rated' private schools in Jersey City before we ultimately decided on Primary Prep. My husband and I consider the education of our child our top priority and the school has proven to be right on track in providing. The curriculum is hands on and dimensional and our child is absolutely flourishing in her 3rd year at the school. The class sizes are small and the environment of the school is diverse, warm, and extremely nurturing. The director of the school, Mrs. Hoffman is extremely intelligent and manages the school with passion, skill, and caring. Sending our child to Primary prep is one of the best decisions we have ever made.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2008
KUDOS to Mrs. Hoffman and the entire Staff ! They are doing a stupendous job at cultivating young minds and preparing them for their futures in continuing their education. They make the students want to learn and be in school. I am glad to be a vital part of my son's education as well as a member of the Primary Family! Nicole Dale

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2008
Pre-K teachers are great. Mrs. Hoffman should double thier pay. Mrs. Hoffman likes to be in control and let everyone know it. She is astute and on the edge of teaching curriculum, but likes to play favorites with parents and students alike. School is improving yearly but needs sports and band programs. After care needs an overhaul. Parents who work at the school are rude to others if you are not in thier 'click'. Fundraisers are on going and pricey. Realitively new 1t grade teacher, Miss Picerno is an asset and encourages her kids to achieve more then kindergarten children need to. Children really love her. I like the school overall, but it still has a long way to go.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2007
The Primary Prep program runs from their 2 1/2 yr. old program to 8th grade. My children are very young and have flourished under the care of the Pre-K teacher, Mrs. Haynes. The program is outstanding, as is the management. The principal, Mrs. Hoffman, is extremely knowledgeable and dedicated to the students and their development. Great asset to the Jersey City school system.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2007
I have been very pleased with my daughter's academic success at Primary Prep. While we are relocating to another state, We are using Primary Prep as the benchmark for schools as we decide which community we will reside. Mrs. Hoffman is knowledgeable, approachable, and fair. I believe she wants and expects the best for all of the students. My daughter flourished under the guidance of her third grade teacher Miss DeMarsico. Primary Prep is an excellent choice, especially in Jersey City.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2007
The school absolutely did not meet my expectations. I was told there were only 15 students per class by the director, however when my children started in September there were 23 students in my one daughters seventh grade class and my other daughter had 20 students in her kindergarten class. They had no gym teacher at the time. When I moved my youngest daughter to a public school she was way behind in math and had a lot of catching up to do.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2007
My child has attended PP since kindergarten. The kids love the school and it's a very protective environment. I've not always been happy with the quality. Once they get to 6th grade, the quality definitely improves and there is consistency. Unfortunately, gym class is once a week and they've only recently hired a gym teacher. Spanish is taught by Mrs. Roman this year and she is a wonderful improvement. My child is actually learning Spanish. Mr. Hodnett runs the music program and teaches the kids the recorder and how to read music. There is an additional fee for extracurricular activities. The girls especially love Ms. Edna's dance class. Frankly, I would enroll your child from 6th grade on. However, I understand the pre-K teacher, Mrs. Haynes is absolutely awesome! For a safe place, this is it, but expect inconsistencies in the early years.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2007
The School Is diverse and the curriculum and activities are great, however the school is unorganized. Very disappointed in the after school program. Program needs structure.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2006
Big expectations, no results.

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October 25, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2006
This is truely the best school! The small class sizes and mixed races are ideal.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2006
This is the best school in Hudson County! Their extensive art, music and academic programs provide an extensive well-rounded education for our child. We wish Mrs. Hoffman many more years of success.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2005
Both my children attend Primary Prep. My son has been there since 2nd grade and graduates this year. There is an amazing level of community at Primary Prep. It's a small school and it goes from K-8 and so everyone pretty much knows one another. The Principal is a woman that is completely dedicated to the children. The curriculum is challenging and stimulating to the children. One of the downsides of the school is that they lose teachers frequently to public schools that pay higher salaries. The don't have any athletic programs and only give the children gym once a week..which may be ok for the little ones but for the upper classes it's not enough.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
Primary prep is more han a school it is home, to all of my children (5). My oldest son has been with the school since he was two, and my youngest will attend as soon, as he's able. There program focuses on the whole child and the director's door is never closed,I have looked at many schools and always come home satisfied with my choice.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
Very pleased with the education my son is receiving at Primary Prep. The principal, Maureen Hoffman is extremely dedicated and quite dynamic.

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Primary Prep Elementary School
41 Tuers Avenue, Jersey City, NJ  07306
(201) 333-8844
Last modified Primary Prep Elementary School is a Private school that serves grades K-8
Primary Prep Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 45 reviews.