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New School Of Monmouth County Photo #1 - Since 1969, The New School of Monmouth County has been educating students using a unique combination of project-based, child-centered, discovery-learning approaches. Students learn by doing, free from competition and rigid timelines. At The New School, we value the development of the whole child so focus not only on academics but also on life skills including communication, empathy and joy.
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New School Of Monmouth County Photo #1 - Since 1969, The New School of Monmouth County has been educating students using a unique combination of project-based, child-centered, discovery-learning approaches. Students learn by doing, free from competition and rigid timelines. At The New School, we value the development of the whole child so focus not only on academics but also on life skills including communication, empathy and joy.
At The New School, children learn by doing--pursuing interests, making mistakes, developing projects and getting messy!
For over 50 years, The New School has been helping students thrive through project-based, student-centered, multifaceted, discovery learning
Children have a natural desire to learn and, at The New School, we foster this natural curiosity and excitement to help students develop important foundational abilities in hands-on, individualized and purposeful ways

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked NJ School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 32 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $15,000
  • Acceptance rate: 75%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

New School Of Monmouth County ranks among the top 20% of private schools in New Jersey for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-8
Year Founded
1969

Student Body

Total Students
32 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
20%
State avg.: 38%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
8 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
80%
Average Class Size
12 students
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Credit cards accepted Payment Plans available 5% Discount for Prepayment
Acceptance Rate
75%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Alexandra Freer
Admissions Associate
Kristin Gogan

School Notes

  • At The New School, we believe that real learning is an integrated process that occurs when children are allowed flexibility to follow a wide variety of interests without being subject to a rigid time frame or curriculum. We feel children are naturally curious and enjoy learning when it is fostered through their own interests and absorbed at their own pace. By creating a varied and challenging atmosphere that provides resources, experiences and time, children have the opportunity to develop their full potential as creative, confident and happy learners and individuals.
Source: Verified school update

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (7 reviews)
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The New School of Monmouth County is one of the best-kept secrets of New Jersey. One of its best qualities is that it offers the perfect balance between structure and freedom. The curriculum is there as a backdrop, but it is fluid and can accommodate specific interests. For example, my daughter wanted to learn cursive writing which was not in the existing curriculum in her class. The teachers went with her enthusiasm and helped her learn; now she writes in cursive all the time. Another wonderful feature is the small class size. This intimate atmosphere has fostered confidence and a sense of community in our children. The smaller classes also allow for them to take on unique adventures like hiking and learning about nature in the park/trail system next door. Because there are no tests, my children do not feel pressured or stressed about learning. They are learning because the system fosters curiosity and makes it easy. We feel incredibly lucky to have found this hidden gem of a school. Our kids are happy to go each morning and come home in the afternoon excited to share stories and things they have learned. I HIGHLY recommend this school.
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The New School of Monmouth County is innovative in its hands-on, project-based and holistic approach to education, and allows children to explore learning far beyond the boundaries that traditional lesson plans dictate. Children are taught to learn with open minds and to care for those around them with open hearts. If you are looking for an educational utopia, this is a close as it gets. TNS fosters a life-long love of learning and allows children to follow their own path towards knowledge. Encouraged with enthusiasm, limited only by themselves, an ever-evolving and fluid curriculum allows children to continually and fully explore a wide variety of subjects. No arbitrary grading system, no tests to fret over, and no homework to impinge on family time or free play, the sky is the limit. Here at the The New School, children never cram to learn for the test, because life isn't just about the test. Best of all, children truly love going here. The New School of Monmouth County teaches tomorrow's leaders - today.
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The New School is a fabulous environment for kids to grow and learn. Its strength is it develops each child by emphasizing a love of learning (bootm up) instead of top down rote learning. As a result the children are incredibly well adjusted, very strong communicators, taught how to handle conflict resolution and allowed to become real people who are never affraid to engage adults directly and look to understand why and how. the instructors are excellent, the facilities are limited but this also adds to the group feeling from the students of "it's our school." We''re thrilled and see this as a springboard for bigger and better things in our children's lives.
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The New School is incredible!! I could stop there but I want to take the time to try to explain why. I say try because it may take a visit to TNS to really understand what this amazing place is all about. TNS is far from new! Susan Chilvers founded it almost 46 years ago and is still the director of the school. She is unlike any school director you will ever meet always ready to share a story and always there to listen to yours! She is a hands on director walking into each and every class room being an integral part of their learning knowing each and every child and family personally. Her teachers have been with her for many many years. TNS is a welcoming family I am glad to call ours. The minute you walk in you will feel at home. If you happen to visit in February you may get lucky and visit on soup day! A delicious smell will come from the kitchen centered in this lovely house! This is one of the many traditions The New School has to offer. One of my favorites is Gingerbread Night in December and I am looking forward to our first Boat Day in the summer. TNS follows the traditional curriculum but in a non traditional way. There is no homework and there is no testing. At TNS Children learn because they love to learn not because they need to score high for a test. Children will have time to play and spend time with their friends and family instead of being worried about hours and hours of homework. At TNS there is time for outdoor play and an unhurried lunch with friends. There is time for the arts because it is an important part of learning. There is time for a talk at drop off and pick up because you and your child are important. There is room for parents to participate in their child's learning. At TNS children learn to LOVE learning and will do so at their own pace in a multi aged group. There are 3 classes: The little class (K-2nd grade ), the middle class (3rd 5th grade) and the older class (6th 8th grade). Each year a theme is chosen around which projects and learning evolve. This year's theme is community and culture. The children will work on projects within their own class but will also have a chance to connect with children from the other classes creating opportunities to learn from each other and to teach each other as well. Naturally while working with each other conflicts may arise. Conflict resolution is at the core of the school's believe system. Children will learn early on how to resolve conflict which will benefit them for the rest of their social and professional life. Even though our children have not been at the new school for that long, we can already see tremendous change. They are more confident and compassionate in the way they communicate with each other and with us as parents. They have become more independent, creative and passionate learners and thinkers. As a parent it makes me smile a big smile and I am thankful to have found TNS each and every day I drop the kids off. We are lucky to live close to TNS but I have seen people drive as far as an hour back and forth to have their children learn at TNS. I have seen people move for TNS. It is that amazing of a place.
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5  
The New School has not only been a gift to our children but also to us as parents. The school has embedded a such love of learning within our children that they are so excited to go to school everyday. The school's approach to education utilizes all the senses as well as the outdoors within the learning process whereby the children are not relegated to sitting at the same desk all-day long. Also, through the project based component the children identify and collaborate on projects of their choosing. This teaches them the lifelong skills of exploration, problem solving, conflict resolution and communication. Through the process they become self-motivated learners who not only ask questions - but take the initiative to utilize their resources to find the answers. We are extremely thrilled with the independent thinkers and learners our children are becoming. We could not recommend this school enough to interested prospective parents!
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We love the New School. Our boys are growing into caring, intelligent, and thoughtful young men with the gentle guidance and atmosphere of curiosity here. We could not be more pleased that they are in such a safe and nurturing school environment.
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Awesome, incredible, unusual curriculum where my children learned how to love learning, challenges and how to think for themselves, as well as how to take an active role in their learning process. Wish there were more "New Schools" around!
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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked NJ School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 32 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $15,000
  • Acceptance rate: 75%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Monmouth County, NJ is $16,574 for elementary schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Monmouth County, NJ is 83% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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