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PK-12
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Somerset, NJ
Students enrolled: 680
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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1345 Easton Avenue
Somerset, NJ 08873

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(732) 545-5600
(732) 214-1819
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December 01, 2014
My son has been at Rutgers Prep for years and is currently a student in the Upper School. The school has been a place where he has grown into a self-aware and kind young man, the result of faculty who lead and inspire children to try new activities and ideas. RPS's real-world diversity has been an inspiration for my child to truly understand the work. The writing and ideas he has explored in English, History, and Science classes has made my son a capable writing and thinker. I think the world of the school and I am grateful for the experiences my son has enjoyed at RPS.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2014
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.

- submitted by a community member
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
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
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
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
August 05, 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
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
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
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
September 03, 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
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
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
February 07, 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
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
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
January 07, 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.

- submitted by a community member
September 22, 2012
This is a great school, the teachers are excellent, especially with the strong principle leadership.

- submitted by a community member
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
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!!

- submitted by a community member
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
February 28, 2012
As a parent of three students and an alumni of RPS I know first hand the benefits of a Rutgers Prep education. The RPS community is supportive and nurturing for students of all abilities. As graduates head to college they are better equipped to meet the expectations and demands of a rigorous college education.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2012
Our daughter graduated as a lifer at Rutgers Prep, having spent her entire schooling career there. As a Lower School student, she was a part of small classes where the learning environment was challenging yet comforting. The small class size and individual attention helped to build her academic confidence. As a Middle School student, she was taught ways to take notes and how to learn and study larger amounts of work. She was also exposed to extra curricular activities such as sports and music. As an Upper School Student, she was able to set an academic course for herself that included Honors classes, music and of course AP Classes. The class sizes ranged from 4-14 students. Rutgers Prep has not only been challenging for her academically (7 AP courses), but has helped shape and mold her into the confident young lady that she has become. The small classes, the teaching leadership and the opportunity to compete in athletics and music have all been positive influences in her life. We are confident that she has become who she is today partly because she graduated from Rutgers Prep as a lifer .

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2012
Our children have been very happy in the RPS lower school for the past seven years (since pre-K, 3 years old). The teachers care, they are well-prepared, professional and consistent. Instead of being driven by bureaucracy and testing, RPS knows the standards and then delves deeper. They are teaching critical thinking skills and how to think rather than fact recall. We love the small classes and how much the teachers care for our kids.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2011
Like most schools, Prep. has pluses and minuses. Some of the teachers are wonderful, but there are a handful that shouldn't be teaching. The school places a bit too much emphasis on sports, and in my opinion, this comes at the expense of academics. The principals generally lack strong leadersip qualities, and I often get the sense that they are just paying lip service to the parents. They are resistent to new ideas. The headmaster is geat, but he can't be everywhere all of the time. Knowing what I know now, I would have removed my children from Prep. after 6th grade. The Middle School and High Schools are not academically challenging, and not worth the (considerable) expense.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2011
My son entered Prep last year after spending 6 years in public schools. The education was all that I expected and more. My son LOVES his school and couldn't wait to return after the summer break. My husband and I refer to him as "Mr. Rutgers Prep" because he is so proud to be a part of the community and the community embraces his individual talents and skills as a benefit to the school. The decision to send him to RPS was the best decision that we could have made for our son's future.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2011
Headmaster totally uninvolved, teachers don't do anything about bullying, most (not all) teachers have "something to do after school" hence no after school help, favoritism, so-called adjunct "coaches" are a joke (especially boy's soccer, absolutely no school spirit, PTA is non-existant. Go somewhere else!

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2011
Way too expensive for what you get. At 24K/year, kids should be WAY advanced of their public school peers; however, that is not what I've seen with my stepson or his classmates compared to his public school friends or my nieces/nephews. Save your money for college because most RTP grads don't get a scholarship, as they'd have you believe!

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2010
Rutgers Prep is a great school. The teachers are all excellent and always available for extra help for their students. The school is very challenging but prepares students for college but than any school I've seen.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2010
School is great but I gave a low grade as the headmaster, principals are cowards. They don't want to discuss anything about improving the school or listen to complaints. They will always blame the kids for anything their teachers don't do right. The only thing you get from them is lip service. The PTA is non-existent.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2010
This is a great school. This was the first year at this school for our 3rd grade son. He went to public school before Rutgers Prep. The Learning environment is great. He is definitely has a more challenging environment now than at his prior school. We are so glad we made the decision to send our son to RPS.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2010
Rutgers Prep has a long history and I'm sure is a good college prep school. However, my experience as a parent with a child at Rutgers Prep was not a positive one. Academically, my child entered at a level in reading and math above 90% of the students in his primary school grade level. The school was unsuccessful in challenging him in the classroom. Unfortunately, as a 1st grader, my child was unable to productively tolerate the boredom and behavior and focus became an issue. Afer a subtle suggestion by the staff that we "get him tested..." (for ADD), I knew this was not the place for us. However, before leaving the school, I did my homework and checked with other parents. Apparently, this a common thing amongst parents of "busy" boys. Some medicated and others said "Well, they focus less on behavior in the middle school."

- submitted by a parent
December 25, 2009
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- submitted by a student
July 27, 2009
The REASON this school is up there with the best is it's consistency in going above and beyond even higher rated private schools: I can take Japanese; I can be assured of a high percentile college acceptance rating; I can study in top facilities, and I can also feel the tradition of excellence that seeps out of the walls of this school I call my own.

- submitted by a student
no rating January 28, 2009
I'm a parent of 16 years at RPS and have only great things to say about the teacher/student interactions, the parent/teacher communication and the preparation of my children. When your kids go off to college and they come back to say they are more prepared than their roommates, academically and with regard to time management, you are affirmed that Prep was a great family choice!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2008
Disappointing, at best. This school does not deserve to be rated as a preparatory school. Certainly not by the standards of the department of education. Children and their education are not the primary focus here. Save your money for supplemental education and place your child in your public school district. It would be more worthwhile to relocate to a district that upholds your expectation for education; a process which you absolutely cannot delegate to teachers but must have your participation.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2008
My son is no better off than his friends that attend public school and in fact, if you consider sports and activities other than chess club important in developing a well rounded person, you will also be very disappointed in this school...Especially for the cost. It is very expensive including books, trips, lunches... very over priced and over rated.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2008
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August 15, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2008
Rutgers Prep has offered my kids an amazing foundation both personally and intellectually ... they have been exposed to a much more positive and engaging environment than any public school could begin to offer.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2008
This school stands for excellence. The education your child will get here is one of the best money can buy. You have to have a very intelligent child in order to do well here.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2008
This is an amazing school. I just started this year and it is harder than public schools. The teachers are all amazing and keep me interested

- submitted by a student
May 08, 2007
I think that this school is highly overrated. I have had a relationship with the Lower School and I was very disappointed with the quality of their academic assignments. I would like to see private school held to and accountable to educational standards set by the state so that parents can fairly assess the value of the education that their child will receive in such a setting. I was terribly disappointed by the competence of the teaching staff. Much of their materials were repetitive for grade levels year after year. I find the public school delivering a higher standard of education. You definitely don't get what you pay for in this environment. I would never recommend this school (ie the Lower School). Parent involvement enforced, parents 'reprimanded' for non participation. Extracurricular selection limited; compared to the interest of my child.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2006
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June 06, 2004
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- submitted by a student
June 06, 2004
I am truely pround to say that I have sent my child here since 3rd grade and has since had no complaints or concerns what so ever. I was at first uncertain about how he would preform, but after meeting with his teachers, for confrences, there was not a single doubt in my mind he wouldnt succeed. He will now be attending a very great school thanks to Prep.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2004
My son started the 4th grade at Rutgers Prep. The teachers are always there for the students not only with understanding and caring but with a devotion that is beyond the call of duty.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2004
This is wonderful. My daughter is a senior. She has been traveling to Rutgers Preparatory from Newark, NJ since the tenth grade. Due to the learning climate at prep. my daughter has gotten a scholarship to Syracuse University. Thanks Prep!

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March 11, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2004
Great educational environment. Students are the number one focus. High scholastic standards.

- submitted by a parent
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Rutgers Preparatory School
1345 Easton Avenue, Somerset, NJ  08873
(732) 545-5600
Last modified Rutgers Preparatory School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Rutgers Preparatory School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 51 reviews. Top