Hudson County is home to a variety of learning experiences. From language immersion programs to different teaching styles, students and parents can find a school that meets their needs and helps them achieve their academic goals. Stevens Cooperative School, located in both Hoboken and Jersey City, focuses on both intellectual rigor and emotional intelligence, with an emphasis on engagement and global thinking. The school is hosting a virtual information session on Tuesday, December 7th at 9AM where prospective families can learn more about the school and curriculum. Keep reading to learn more about this history of the school and what previous alumni have to say about their experiences.
How Stevens Cooperative School Reaches the Young Minds of Hudson County
For nearly 75 years, Stevens Cooperative School has created a learning environment that is challenging, exciting, and student-centered. Founded in 1949 by professors at Stevens Institute of Technology, Stevens began as a playgroup for their own young children. Today, the school has grown to nearly 430 students from PreK 3 through 8th grade and has expanded its reach to campuses located in both Hoboken and Jersey City.
Stevens’ Senior Administration is made up of 11 leaders whose responsibilities include academic management, curriculum development, equity and student services, auxiliary programs, and more. The full-time teaching staff of over 80 educators serve as guides and facilitators in the classroom. Teachers engage students by posing questions, creating authentic and purposeful learning experiences, providing opportunities for critical thinking, and supporting inquiry and the discovery of new topics.
The academic approach is based upon four pillars: progressive teaching and learning, community, diversity and equity, and continuous improvement. In addition to intellectual rigor, the school emphasizes work habits, organizational skills, global thinking, and emotional intelligence.
Stevens Involves Families Through Parent Cooperative Program
Stevens has the largest parent/guardian cooperative in New Jersey, providing opportunities for families to be an integral part of their child’s education. Stevens families are regularly invited to not only participate in their child’s learning by helping and observing in the classroom, but are also encouraged to share their family traditions and cultural celebrations, further expanding the students’ global awareness.
Every parent/guardian has a cooperative job, which can be as big or as small as they like. The cooperative jobs range in time commitment and scope and can be tailored to a family’s lifestyle, schedule, and availability. Some examples include assisting with school events, working as classroom coordinators, or serving on the Annual Auction committee. Cooperative jobs evolve to meet Stevens’ needs, and all members of the community benefit from the strong partnership between home and school.
The Virtual Information Session on 12/7
Stevens Cooperative School is hosting a virtual information session on Tuesday, December 7th at 9AM. Families will learn more about the educational experience and welcoming community at Stevens. Attendees will meet faculty, staff, students, and parents/guardians of current students, and hear about the:
- Rigorous and engaging curriculum
- What it means to be a part of a parent cooperative
- Enrichment classes and extracurricular activities
- Robust Financial Aid program
- High School Guidance Program
Attendees should REGISTER HERE and are encouraged to bring questions for the Q&A at the end of the session.
Classrooms Are Laboratories to Explore Creative Thinking
Stevens helps students become the best versions of themselves. Each classroom serves as a laboratory for creative thinking, analysis, and communication. Across grade levels, children engage as active participants in their interdisciplinary learning, feel valued, and are encouraged to share their thoughts and opinions.
For example, in 2nd grade, students complete an in-depth investigation and reconstruction of the Brooklyn Bridge. A rite of passage for generations of Stevens students, the learning experience is a capstone to the Blocks Program that begins during the Early Childhood years, an engineering challenge, and a stepping stone to the high-level critical thinking, research, and communication skills exhibited by our graduates.
Graduates of Stevens Cooperative School are self-motivated, socially and emotionally competent, have a strong sense of identity, and are equipped with tools to inspire and shape the future. Students excel in high school and beyond as intellectual beings, ethical citizens, growth-minded individuals, and effective communicators. Stevens graduates attend some of the most prestigious public, parochial, and private day and boarding schools.
Stevens provides a high school guidance program that ensures the best possible outcomes for its students. The process is highly personalized and Stevens assists with identifying schools, test preparation, essay writing, interview skills, and coordinating financial aid opportunities.
The Stevens Cooperative School Hoboken Campus is located at 339 River Street and houses PreK 3, PreK 4, and Kindergarten classes while students in 1st grade through 8th grade attend the campus located at 301 Garden Street.
The Jersey City campus is located in the Newport neighborhood at 100 River Drive, South and houses students in Kindergarten through 8th grade.