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Stevens Cooperative School

Private | PK-8

We are best known for progressive education.

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $480,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,780.

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Posted April 28, 2014

Stevens is unarguably the best school in Hoboken and Jersey City area. My child was there for three years. We would've stayed the whole 9 years if we had not moved out of the area. The wonderful teachers and staff there are the greatest assets in the school. They are knowledgable, nurturing, and encouraging. Our teachers have many ways to get students engaged in the classroom. When you step in a lower grade classroom, you might see them playing with blocks, doing yoga, huddling to read a story, writing a journal, and etc. It seems they are playing all day long. In hindsight, that is exactly how these curious minds absorb and grasp new knowledge. A lot of the times, they work in groups and resolve complex problems on their own by collaborating with one another. At lower grades in Stevens, what the children are given is guidance to evoke their innate curiosity to learn, not forcible feed under pressure. The upper grades indeed have a rigorous curriculum. Their math test ranks one of the highest in the state. The excellent high school matriculation speaks loud as well. There are too many wonderful things to say about Stevens. We truly appreciate our experience there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2014

Stevens has been a wonderful place of learning for my daughter. In order for children to learn, they have to want to be at school and my daughter has never complained about going to school. Her teachers have found fun and creative strategies for teaching her the fundamentals . She has learned to read, write and do math and believes that when she goes to school she just play. I know that it has always been a great school but believe that it has been made better by the new Head of School. He has brought a wealth of new ideas to the school and I believe that it will continue to beat out all of the competition.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2014

I have seen my kids progress for the last two years and I am honestly happy with what they are teaching. So far so good - I really like the school and the staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2013

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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2013

In a nutshell, after having spent several years observing the teachers, the administration and the students, I think the school is best suited for extremely laid back parents who do not mind letting Stevens take on the role of "Big Brother" and who do not care whether their kids are (1) really stimulated and, more importantly, (2) maximizing their true potential. There are for sure good things about Stevens: a nice and friendly environment; very warm and fuzzy; safe for those that may be developmentally or socially challenged. Stevens is truly a happy camper type school vs. an institution with a solid and challenging curriculum, progressive or otherwise. Finally, any school that tells or, suggests to a child not to go to his or her parent but go to the school is just plain wrong. There are many more critical and specific details I could note, but unfortunately space is limited. I will break it down to this: if you like to be really involved in your child's learning and education you won't like the school; if you're a hands off parent with no opinions it will work for you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2012

This school is absolutely great! My daughter is in 7th grade and she enrolled into Stevens Cooperative school when she was in Pre-KK. This was an experience of a life time for her! She has a great education and you form a bond with the teachers and you have a great connection with everyone. My daughter is preparing to into 8th GRADE, since Stevens does not have a high school, you have to go through a "High School Process." Nancy, guides each individual student to find the Perfect high school. Many schools PREFER Stevens students and look forward meeting them. Stevens has a great reputation and they are extremely kind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2012

One need only visit the classrooms and talk to the teachers to see that this is simply an average place. Be prepared to do outside work with your child because it is not an academically strong school. If your child is smart, he or she will be bored.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2012

Meh-- it's simple. If you truly care about your children's education, you move to a town that has great schools. Stevens is not a great school, but I suppose it's not horrible compared to the rest of the selection in Hoboken/JC. If you are considering this school for your child, and you are an educated professional, you ought to consider having a family sit down to discuss which is more important: a.) your easy ferry commute to the financial district or b.) your children. We chose our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2011

The academic program is virtually non-existent in grades K-4. Presentations at open houses and the curriculum put on paper are not executed with highest standards. As with any organization, the problems begin from the top down, but the exiting of the head of the school is coming way too late for us. I would never recommend this school to any professional or personal colleague.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2011

We had a horrible experience at Stevens and wish we would have read these reviews before enrolling our daughter. Most teachers are Inexperienced, the administration is not qualified for the job, and the head of school is a despot. My daughter complaint frequently about being bored. Bullying was tolerated in her classroom. You get a disaster for $15,000 a year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2011

As a former teacher at this school, I can tell you it was a miserable professional experience with administration. Teachers are told, when hired, that there is a budget for professional development, but when a great PD opportunity is suggested, they are told that there is no money, or that it isn't a valuable course/workshop. I was counseled to NOT pursue National Board Certification because it would "distract me from my classroom duties" WHAT??? I have since moved on, become Nationally Board Certified and am surrounded by progressive thinkers who truly value education by continuing their own learning. Stevens is stuck in the dark ages and ruled by an administrator with an iron fist. I would accept a position here ONLY if there were no other work options and you need to put food on the table.
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Posted March 28, 2011

Stevens is only an average private, progressive-based institution for grades PK-8. The school has convenient, safe, locations close to NYC in Hoboken and Jersey City, which is the only reason we enrolled our children. There are no other lower school options in Hudson County that provide the same safe environment and quality facilities. However, the curriculum is simply not academically challenging and we hire tutors so our kids can engage in more dynamic and challenging activities. With the exception of a handful of quality teachers, the teaching staff is lackluster and inexperienced. Unfortunately, the administration is not amenable to opinions or critiques of parents; the head of school has been there too long and has lost perspective.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2011

This school is fantastic! After a wonderful lower school experience we did our due diligence and looked into other middle school options but decided to stay. Are we glad!! Our child has blossomed from a "flakey" underachiever into an independent, engaged , curious and self motivated middle schooler who actually RETAINS information learned, reads voraciously and loves to learn. Instead of a dutiful test taker/rule follower, we are raising a born leader and independent thinker. Bravo stevens!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2010

my kids started school this year and are very happy. The teachers are great and the environment of the school very supportive for kids learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2010

My son started Stevens this year and so far it has been an excellent choice
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2010

We had a terrible middle-school experience when our child a Straight 'A' student who's attended prestigious Private Schools was thoroughly demoralized with the lack of proper teaching and curriculum in all areas other than Math. School administration from the Principal (was recently asked to leave by the Board as per rumors) down to the Admissions Director are dishonest and have a persistent habit of 'double-speak' regarding what the school offers and extracurricular activities at the School. They are insensitive and are desperately 'money-hungry' ! The after-school Computer class paid by us was a huge waste of time and money and a complete disappointment. My child is a prolific web-designer and computer crazy tween and the after school computer course was pre-historic. The Principal gets aggressive and hostile when she finds out kids are leaving Stevens and uses undue psych pressure on parents and the new school. Caveat Emptor !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2010

Our experience at Stevens was quite average and happily, we have found a better (private)school for our children. We can confirm (a prior post) that for the most part, the students at Stevens did seem to need more handholding and received excessive praise. And many were quite fresh behind the backs of parents and teachers. For those Stevens parents that claim that "progressive education is not for everyone", they should do research: John Dewey, an early proponent of progressive education found that most kids benefit from such learning. And today, most schools use progressive tenets in moderation. Maybe 10 years ago, Stevens was impressive. Today, they cater to a small and fearful parent population that believes all the hype and is easily led. How refreshing it was for us to not have to be "sold" at the new school we chose for our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2010

Excellent teachers and curriculum. My child is happy, my child LOVES to learn and LOVES going to school; the administration isn't that wonderful, but we don't have to deal with them, so who cares? There are too many uber-parents stuck on the idea of conventional benchmarks, but they can just look at all the math and science awards Stevens children have accumulated, and look at the high schools to which they gain entrance: top scores and admitted to the top schools. I think a lot of people are put off by the administration and the sense that the school is "snobby" or something - but the teachers are creme de la creme and always have time for questions and comments, and they know each child inside and out. And socially, the environment fosters respect, compassion and responsibility. As my daughter says: "There are NO bullies at Stevens."
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2010

My family has been in this school for over a decade and I'm not sure what the previous poster means about needing a more positive tone. I assume that many families that go to Hudson or other schools will say they made a better choice -- otherwise, why would they move their child? I'm glad they are happy but there are many happy families here as well - - I hardly think it is a competition where one school is wonderful and the other is dreadful and it's a shame some people want to make it so.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2010

Eh. i would wait a year until there is a change in administration. The current head of school will be leaving then Hopefully, there will be a more professional tone and more positive energy at the school. Several of the teachers there really shine, although one of them was asked to leave and it's unclear as to why. We're of to Hudson next year. The families I know who have switched over are far happier.
—Submitted by a parent


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