Rather than financial aid, Voyagers’ offers indexed tuition. We are committed to making our school accessible and affordable to families from a broad range of economic circumstances. Therefore, we have instituted Indexed Tuition. This tuition approach enables each family to receive an enrollment contract and tuition rate based on their individual financial situation. Families who participate in the Indexed Tuition Program will benefit with fair and equitable tuition rates. While we expect all families to contribute to the cost of our school, we also expect that the majority of Voyagers’ families will benefit from participating in this new Indexed Tuition Program, which will bridge a gap that often seems too wide. If financial concerns are the barrier to admission, we encourage you to apply for Indexed Tuition. Click Here for more information on Indexed Tuition.
Voyagers’ is an ideal school choice for parents who want their children to be excited about school and about learning. Voyagers’ parents develop confidence in a system that’s different from how they were taught. We don’t assign grades in our young classes up through 8th-grade. Also, we don’t give tests or standardized assessments that compare one student’s progress to that of another. Instead, we provide a comprehensive narrative three times each year. Within this report, teachers address all academic areas as well as your child’s social, emotional and intellectual development.
Admission begins with a personal tour. This is followed by your child, grades K-12, attending Voyagers’ for two days in what would be their classroom. Our younger students, Toddler through Preschool, will begin school following a plan decided upon by parents and teachers. As part of the process, gather information from you and, as appropriate, from prior and current schools. We ask parents to fill out an admissions application. There is no application deadline, as we allow for rolling admission.
Children learn more deeply when they are asking the questions and engaging in their designed explorations in our hands-on, project-based environment. Children explore ideas and surroundings and manipulate and experiment with tools and materials. They ask questions, follow their imagination, puzzle over their findings, express their understandings and come to a deeper knowledge. In our upper school, students dig deeply into all subject matter, work closely with teachers, mentors, and professionals in various fields and pursue learning with a can do/will do attitude. We provide all students with the space, the guidance, and the tools to accomplish this.
We are a close-knit community where children are well known and well cared for. Our holistic viewpoint leads us to hear and support our students’ learning through an emergent, project-based curriculum that is responsive to their interests while providing all traditional subject matter. We stand apart from those schools focused on ranking and categorizing children according to test scores. We define education in terms of process, engagement, and an interest in digging deeper for answers. We measure success in terms of intellectual rather than academic development.
An individual’s skill set is not dictated by age alone. At Voyagers’ Community School children benefit from a multi-age classroom because we acknowledge their varied developmental levels and learning styles and take note of the value of these variations among members of the class. We provide each child with the opportunity to mentor and to be mentored by classmates. There is both a leader and a collaborator in every child.
Payment of tuition by a public school district to Voyagers’ Community School is authorized by a section of the NJ educational law called the Naples Act (NJ18A:46-14). This nearly 25-year-old act broadened the scope of private schools where special needs students could be placed, thus allowing for a better fit between the child and the school and increasing the likelihood of a successful outcome. Placements under the Naples Act have been used throughout New Jersey to fund students’ education since 1989 and are commonplace and done every year by many districts in the State.
No, reimbursement to a school district by the State is exactly the same. The approval status of a private school has no bearing on the reimbursement received by the school district. State aid for placement is based on formulas established in the School Funding Reform Act, N.J.S.A. 18A:7F et seq., and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 20 U.S.C. 1400 et seq., which does not consider the approval status of the private school placement.
No! In fact, the opposite is true; districts should use Naples because it was specifically designed to help Child Study Teams (CST) have better choices to place disabled students. A reluctance to make such a placement limits the options for the CST and actually can make the district more vulnerable to legal action by disgruntled parents. Voyagers’ Community School, with its unique experiential, project-based, and hands-on approach, and its Individualized Education Services, is a viable alternative for a child who would thrive and shine in a child-centric and inclusive learning environment.
The Naples Act, N.J.S.A. 18A:46-14, allows special education students to be placed in an accredited private school and requires that it not be specifically approved for the education of the disabled. The term “Naples Act” is derived from the name of the legislator who was instrumental in the passage of this amendment to N.J.S.A..6A:14-6.5 on August 9, 1989. A Naples placement may be utilized whenever the Child Study Teams determines that the private accredited school is the most appropriate placement for the student. NJ.A.C. 6A:14- 6.5 (b) (3).
No. At Voyagers’ we teach all the academic subjects you’d expect, as was validated by Middle States Association accreditation. What’s different is our approach. We pay attention to the distinct learning strategies children use to make sense of the world, and we teach, guide, and mentor them, with individual focus made possible by an optimal student to teacher ratio which far surpasses state requirements, typically by at least 50%.
As long as a private school is accredited (e.g. Middle States Association) but not approved as a special education school, it is eligible to be a Naples placement for disabled students (N.J.S.A. 18A:46-14).
Not at all. The paperwork is extremely simple. Voyagers’ will assist and advise during the preparation of a complete Naples package, including the short Naples application, for each placement. This will make the work of the district professional even easier. Like all out-of-district placements, the paperwork needs approval from the District’s Board of Education as part of the routine placement process and non-discriminatory NJ.A.C.6A:14-6.5 (a) (7).
Voyagers’ Community School is academically accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Voyagers’ does not discriminate based on race, creed, national origin or sexual orientation.
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