I have been the host parent of four international students that attended or are attending Rutgers Preparatory School. Two of them have graduated and are studying at top rated US colleges. I am in awe of the international program in RPS. The teachers challenge the students academically to reach their maximum potential. College counseling is another area where RPS shines. For foreign students, applying to college in the US could be overwhelming. The college counselors are very knowledgeable and help them every step of the way. They know what US colleges want and they prepare the students to succeed when they apply to the colleges of their choice. From celebrations for the Chinese New Year to participating in the chemistry Olympics, international students take part in all aspects of the school life. Thanks to the school working together with the homestay program, the students can experience a smooth transition and feel “at home” despite having their families far away.
My child has learned a lot from the experience. He became more aware of what the academic life is going to be and what is his interest to pursue. He gained confidence and pride for his achievements in the school.
As a RPS graduate, I can personally attest to the quality of teaching and guidance I received as an upper school student. Given the school s holistic approach to learning, students are afforded countless opportunities to succeed, whether academically, personally, socially, musically, or athletically. Because all students talents are appreciated and championed, individuals of all backgrounds are able to thrive. In fact, differences are received with open arms, as they serve as cornerstones for debate, discussion, and positive growth three hallmarks of the Rutgers Prep community. Moreover, as a student-athlete interested in pursuing a career in writing, I was grateful for the school s commitment to nurturing my long-term goals. In fact, without the guidance of the administration and coaches, I would not have realized my lifelong dream of matriculating at a top-20 university. Their unwavering support enabled me to balance the demands of being a three-sport athlete, while similarly playing an integral role in my transition to college. At Rutgers Prep, I was given an incredible foundation for success, one that would not have been possible had I attended high school elsewhere.
The success my sons have had this year is a testimony to the amazing education they received in their 9 years at Rutgers Prep. They arrived with a solid foundation, eager to learn yet limited in their English language skills. They were welcomed by a community that embraced difference, expected them to strive to meet their potential, encouraged them to develop a variety of skills and talents while never allowing them to forget their responsibility to be good citizens. Now, they stand out because of their confidence to engage with their teachers and peers, their ability to ask thoughtful questions and their intellectual curiosity. My older son received 40 credits for the AP classes he took and can skip several general requirements at UNC Chapel Hill. My younger son has found great success in even the most challenging IB courses because of the rigor of the academic program and the study habits he learned at RPS. So, he can focus on other activities and adjusting to a new country and culture. We are so grateful to the teachers who cared for, challenged and ultimately prepared my two boys for whatever comes their way. That is a gift that has no price and whose value will never diminish.
I have worked at Rutgers Preparatory School for 12 years. If you had told anyone that has ever known me that I would work at any one place for 12 years, they would have laughed uncontrollably. Yet, here I am! I simply can not imagine any other place where I could be happier. If you spend even one day on this campus you understand the truly unique environment that RPS fosters. The students are bright, happy and engaged. Dare I say they seem excited to be at school. I could go on and on about the community feel, the great teachers and staff and the wonderful facilities, but I will simply say that after 12 years here I feel like it is my home and I can not imagine ever leaving.
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.
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.
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??
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!!
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.