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Our School

Primary Prep Elementary is a private, non-denominational school offering an exciting learning environment to children in Kindergarten through Grade Eight. The school is located in the center of Jersey City, New Jersey with easy access to major roads and public transportation.

Our Mission

Primary Prep Elementary School is a diverse learning community that prepares each student for academic, social, and personal success by providing a safe, supportive, and challenging environment. It is our goal to nurture and assist the children in achieving their highest potential as they grow to become confident, competent, and caring individuals.


Primary Prep is a small, private elementary school that was founded in 1993 by Maureen Hoffman and a group of parents from Play & Learn Nursery School. The parents were extremely pleased with the quality of the pre-school experience. They wanted to find an elementary school where this experience would continue. With great effort and planning, the Kindergarten was opened in September of 1993. Primary Prep grew by one grade each year until it reached the eighth grade in the fall of 2001.

In June of 2002, Primary Prep graduated its first eighth grade class of four students. Since then, empty seats in the classrooms are extremely rare.

The continued success of the school can be attributed to the children and their parents. The school has a very diverse population that reflects the surrounding community.

The children arrive at school ready for an interesting and thoughtful day of activities that are planned by an energetic and caring staff.

The curriculum is designed to keep the children interested in the education process by making the daily lessons fun and interactive. Goals for success are developed early and the students strive to reach them.

Smiles are a ready commodity of the children as they travel through their school years at Primary Prep.


Primary Prep offers a full range of traditional academics with specially selected themes to make the curriculum exciting for your child. The uniqueness of our schedule provides an exceptional opportunity for learning. As a bonus to the working parent, Primary Prep is a five day, full-time program. There are few half-days or early dismissals.
During the school week children are exposed to a wide variety of academic subject matter in carefully planned lessons. The teachers use high quality textbooks and learning materials that make each experience fun as well as educational.
Primary Prep also offers explorations into the arts through music, art, and dance:
  • Music is explored through a wide variety of media including song, speech, movement, dance, and games of self expression. The 'Cirque du Primary Prep' spring performance is a culmination of our yearlong endeavors.
  • Our Art program delves into a wide variety of media. Coupled with this are trips to the New York City museums. In school the children enjoy projects that include drawing, painting, sculpture, crafts, commercial art, and art appreciation. The students explore the elements of art such as line, shape, color, texture, and form. Materials and techniques are varied to expose the children to many different forms of art.
  • Physical education emphasizes structured individualized skill development in seasonal sports and activities. The goal of the physical education curriculum is to help students develop lifelong skills that include daily exercise and sport. The key element is to assist the children in assuming responsibility for their own health and well-being through a physically active lifestyle.
  • Computers, while used as a tool in our everyday activities, are more fully utilized to explore technology, math, science, and art.

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