We provoke our students to think, gather facts, and debate.
Voyagers’ High School students play an important role in developing and driving their learning experience which is embedded in project-based, seminar work.
Voyagers’ project-based, seminar approach, and independent study opportunities provide the structure to help our high school students become responsible and engaged young adults.
They realize that adulthood is not far away and childhood is not far behind.
Our mission, to provide a nurturing environment, continues through grade twelve, but with a greater demand for accountability and a higher level of expertise.
Years of working with fellow students on projects have provided a foundational sense of responsibility. These students are ready for college, but most importantly they are ready for what the world brings!
In our community, Voyagers’ is a pioneer in providing a solid intellectual foundation for mature and accomplished high school students through the use of progressive education approaches.
Our approach allows young people to think on their own.
By creating opportunities for intellectual development, our High School students become discerning thinkers. They learn to examine and assimilate a wide body of information, evaluate the evidence, consider all perspectives and then form their own conclusions.
Higher-order thinking is crucial for college success, where knowledge, skills, and perspectives must constantly adapt to our rapidly changing world.
Our high school students complete a thorough study of:
High achieving students who master greater academic challenges are invited to register for college courses and to participate in honors classes.
These students demonstrate a mature commitment to academic success. Our high school graduates are accepted by competitive private and public colleges and are awarded notable academic scholarships.
This class will explore chemistry while taking a closer look at issues that are important in our daily lives. Along with learning the basics of lab chemistry, the students will apply their new knowledge in a lab setting, where they will collect data and think deeply about which choices are best for the Earth and all creatures on the Earth.
This year-long class is designed to offer a more practical and hands-on aspect to the Chemistry class for High School students. The skills attained during this lab will allow students to become familiar with laboratory equipment, supplies, safety, and techniques.
In “Je comprends” students learn the basics of the French language in a self-driven manner. Topics and direction are determined as students progress in their studies and express interests in new subjects.
This class builds on the knowledge gained in French I. The emphasis continues to be on spoken French. Most directions and communication in the classroom will be delivered in French. To enhance understanding of French culture, students will complete several research projects.
This class changes the way students understand personal finance and money. Students are taught how to budget, invest and make financial decisions with intent.
This year-long class is designed to enable high school students to learn the fundamentals of Geometry through a combination of hands-on activities, group discussions, and lectures. Students will build their understanding by proving a set of precepts that can then be relied upon to prove more advanced concepts.
What is a revolution? How is it different from other kinds of expressions of unrest and desire for change? Revolutions are perceived as periods of violent and chaotic change, wherein powerful forces both create and destroy.
The purpose of this class is to allow students to study and understand the use of technology across several disciplines, specifically Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. The focus of the class is to allow students to work in both small groups and individually to understand how technology is used in these disciplines both now and in the future.
Painting in Art Class
Electives arise from children’s personal interests and curiosities. We have offered painting, music, dance, science, woodworking and construction, jewelry making, sculpture, drawing, architectural design, drama, robotics and so much more.
Students are guided by our faculty and by experts who are passionate and generous in sharing expertise. Visiting instructors are local professionals, parents, grandparents, community members, and even fellow students.
Students enrolled in the Electronics class will spend the session designing and building either individual electronic projects or working on larger projects. They will learn soldering, basic electronics, and the use of Arduino based microcontrollers.
The weather is getting warmer and it’s time to go outside and play some games. In this class we will play different outdoor games that children and teenagers have played for ages. Kickball, Wiffle Ball, Kick the Can, Hide and Seek, Tag, Four Square, Hopscotch, and Crack the Whip are just a few examples of games we might play. On Tuesdays we plan to travel to the Harbor School and play on their campus while on Thursdays we will play at school. Participation is a must. Having fun is also required!
Explore the world of stage makeup. Students in this class will begin by learning about the different materials used in creating special effects on stage and in film. They will then learn techniques and apply stage makeup to create various personas.
This elective seeks to prompt students to discover the fun and relevance of designing with Legos. The course will be student directed; the students will investigate real cities, fictional places and structures constructed with Legos.
Practice the skills and techniques of jewelry-making. Students will use different materials to design and create their own jewelry pieces. Projects will range from simple to complex: from simple string beading, pendant making, rope braiding to the use of wire or leather.
This course invites students to understand basic building skills for the suburban gardener. They will learn simple and practical tips for choosing the appropriate tools, materials, and designs for several garden projects
The F. Bliss Price Arboretum is one of Eatontown’s hidden gems. In this class, we will use this natural resource and preserve to our advantage in multiple ways. We will get outside and enjoy immersing ourselves in nature while being active and building physical fitness.
Basketball is a wonderful sport. It’s a sport of precision, a sport of control and a sport that requires a athletic and physical endurance. Let’s take the skills we learned in our last sports class and focus them in on one specific sport; basketball. We will travel to basketball gyms and learn the basic rules and regulations of playing basketball on a regulations size court.
Students in this elective will be exploring various techniques of street art. Through hands on art experiences and research students will create their own version of famous street art found in our area. Students will be able to create their own logo and name to incorporate into each of their art pieces.
Essentials classes offer skills and challenges
Our Essentials Classes enables us to invite local professionals, parents, grandparents, community members, and even fellow students to teach or co-teach classes. We offer a wide variety of topics that reflect the interests of our students and offer skills and challenges that we feel are important.
Areas of study have included arts, music, games and sports, creative writing, community service, gardening, technology, engineering and much more.
The purpose of this weekly essential is to allow students to discover the art of stop motion. Students with prior animation experience have an opportunity to experiment with different techniques to create a finished movie. The plan of the class is for the students to learn different animation techniques and materials such as claymation, stop motion with Legos, animation using drawing, and pixilation using live people. The next step will be to create a storyboard to plan the movie and associated shot list. Following this step, the students can use iPads or cameras to capture the individual images necessary to make a movie. The final step will be adding sound and effects using the iMovie software
Yoga is an ancient practice that can bring the physical, mental and spiritual aspects within each of us into balance. In this class, students will be invited to safely explore the physical postures of yoga to bring about a deeper awareness of themselves, and methods to bring that awareness into their daily lives
For the found object sculpture component of the Working for the Earth we will explore the ideas we have and the ways we can work with recycled materials to have our visions come to life.
Do you have a drawer full old t-shirts or jeans you’ve outgrown and would like to learn how to either freshen them up or turn them into something completely different?
The Voyagers’ Community Service Club seeks to introduce students to the importance and the rewards of participating in community projects to help others and the environment
In this course students will build their knowledge of the sewing machine by exploring its anatomy, learning how to operate the machine safely, and how to create basic stitches. They will then put these skills to practice as they complete small projects of choice.
This class will move from the basics of beginner guitar to intermediate level. Students will learn first position chords, music theory, single note rhythms and rock riffs, all through the teachings of today’s music and songs. They will also take a look at some history in music, and where the songs they are learning come from
In this 7-week course, students will watch and analyze two foreign films: “The 400 Blows” (in French) by Director Francois Truffaut, and “Slumdog Millionnaire” an Anglo-Indian film by Director Danny Boyle (in English).
Disc Golf is a sport that is very similar to regular golf with a twist. Rather than hitting a ball with a club into a hole, players in disc golf see how many throws it takes to make a frisbee disc land in a target.
Now that Spring is upon us it is time to be active in the outdoors once again. Let’s run with it! Exercise is the basis for physical and emotional wellness. During this class will learn the rudiments of running as a sport and as a way of keeping fit
Cheerleading consists of an enthusiastic, dynamic, fun, hardworking group of young men and women who commit time to the overall success of their team. Dancing is moving rhythmically to music, moving quickly, and in a lively manner. During this class, students will come to know themselves better kinesthetically and be challenged to work together as a team.
Are you a dramatic person? Do you like to yell out the first thing that comes to mind? If so, you may be a natural at improvisational theater, which is designed to help actors and entertainers step out of their comfort zone and speak publicly without fear of embarrassment.
Founding Director Teacher/Researcher, Humanities/Social Justice Our director received her BA in Political Science and Communications from Hood College and her M.Ed. in Education and Partnership from Goddard College. She has also participated in Advanced Studies in Exercise Physiology at Springfield College and earned a Masters Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA.
Karen began her teaching career in Harvard, Massachusetts where she taught 5th, 6th, and 8th-grade social studies. This was followed by years of serving as a teacher and director of fitness and recreation programs. Karen developed an elementary interdisciplinary curriculum as a researcher and writer and then as a trainer and promoter of the national physical education program, Physical Best. Karen’s children inspired her to create a progressive learning environment that honors all children as people. She founded Voyagers’ Community School in 2004 after spending 18 months composing the philosophical foundation that guides our day-to-day operations.
Karen has garnered recognition as the Keynote Speaker and Presenter at both national and local professional conferences, including, most recently, the Association for Constructivist Teaching Conference and the Progressive Education Network. She has been a Guest on DisruptED TV, https://vimeo.com/244796148. She has also advised many start-up school efforts. Karen serves as the New Jersey State Liaison for the Alternative Education Resource Organization. She also served as Chairperson and Treasurer for the New Jersey Educators Exploring the Practices of Reggio Emilia, President of A Child's Place Education Fund, a member of The Colts Neck 9/11 Committee, and past Treasurer and President of The Colts Neck PTO.
Karen’s most recent project was directing the renovation of our new 14,000 square foot home, originally built in 1908. Our building was restored with thought to its original character, our contemporary needs, the necessary time-frame and the wants and visions expressed by students, faculty, and staff.
Currently, Karen serves as the Co-Chair of the Middle State Association Accreditation Team. She leads a staff of 18 and directs all admissions initiative. She also oversees the operation of a new initiative, the Individualized Education Services program. Karen makes time to teach a rousing high school humanities course, with a focus on social justice and diversity. Karen's passions include reading historical novels and memoirs, traveling, playing board games, chatting for hours with good friends and family and dancing always, everywhere.
"There is a vitality, a life-force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique." ~ Martha Graham
Teaching Associate ~ Mathematics, Physics and STEAM
Mikayla joined the Voyagers’ team in 2016 and is thrilled to be a part of the community. She teaches high school and middle school mathematics as well as STEAM across all grade levels. She earned her Associate’s Degree in Mathematics from Ocean County College and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Mathematics and Statistics from New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Mikayla approaches many students’ least favorite subject, math, with enthusiasm, in hopes of encouraging them to think outside the box. She aims to pinpoint each student’s area of difficulty in order help them to overcome their individual challenges and walk away with a balanced and adaptable understanding of all things Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Her mission is to inspire children to experience math and the sciences in an exciting and innovative way.
"It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well." -Rene Descartes
The Voyagers school is very unique and helps to foster creativity, academic growth, leadership, entrepreneurial skills and more. The teachers are loving, supportive, receptive to feedback and concerns, and attentive to the individual kid’s needs. For me, I wanted an environment for our children that was exactly this and I see how they strongly implement the vision that the founding director, Karen Giuffre, has laid out. They operate on integrity, and it’s very clear with even how they do their financial aid on a sliding scale (most private schools have set tuition prices). It is clear that they have sacrificed a lot, to hold true to their vision of having a space for children to grow and develop successfully. I do think that this school may not be for every family, and I think it’s important to get clear about what kind of education you want for your child/children. Do your research, ask questions, visit the school and take things from there! Again, both my husband and I are very impressed with the school. We also love how they get outdoors a lot, as I know that this helps to develop children’s brains in a positive way. Kids learn so much outdoors in nature! The approach is nontraditional which is a plus for me as that is what I know to be effective in child development.
Voyagers’ Community School 215 Broad Street Eatontown, NJ 07724
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