Academic school year … September through June
Summer Camp … July and August
Full day program … 9:00-4:00 (pick up between 3:00 and 4:00)
We offer extended hours (8:00-6:00) for working parents.
Ages 2 1/2 to 4 … minimum two half days per week.
Age 4 … Pre-K … minimum three half days per week.
Age 5 … Kindergarten … five full (or half) days per week.
You may reserve schedules ranging from “minimums” up to full time. Choose your days & mix mornings, afternoons, and full days. Extended hours may be changed each month.
At the start of the school year in September, potty training is not required for children between 2 1/2 and 3 1/4 years.
We strongly encourage private tours and recommend you bring your children. Tours are “by appointment” from Monday through Friday from 9:15 am to 11:00am.
Tuition is payable in ten equal monthly installments. Parents who wish to reserve space must submit an application with a “one month” deposit and annual registration fee. We try hard to keep our tuition affordable for working parents.
Sept-June … full time students pay as little as $5.17/hour.
Summer … full time students pay as little as $4.44/hour.
We believe every child has the potential for outstanding academic achievements. The key to unlocking this potential is the self-confidence that goes with a positive self-image and good inter-personal skills. We strive to help every child develop an enduring confidence in their own abilities. We accomplish this by creating a nurturing environment where children can explore who they are and how to get along with other children. Children who are self-confident expect success. Expectations create reality.
Advanced academic program:
Our academic program is one year ahead of public school (we use Kindergarten texts in our Pre-K and first grade texts in Kindergarten). We use “Land of the Letter People,” “Saxon Phonics,” and “the Oxford Reading Tree” to teach reading … and Saxon Math (with a wide variety of manipulatives) to teach arithmetic. Textbook work starts in Pre-K but last only 30 minutes of our 3 hour morning. Our Pre-K learns entire Kindergarten curriculum in as little as 1 1/2 hours/week.
Our program makes children want to learn:
We accomplish this by harnessing the basic dynamics of human nature and linking our learning targets to activities that are fun, interactive, and relevant. Material is presented at the child’s level so it is consistent with his perspective. We drive learning with the enthusiasm of play behavior and make the process inter-active by having children do something physical that reinforces what we are trying to teach.
Our top priority is socialization:
All our activities are designed to nurture inter-personal and communication skills. Our monthly themes are intended as a catalyst to give your children something to talk about. During the regular school year these themes revolve around real life (feelings, growing things, home sweet home, changing seasons, etc). During the Summer, we have adventures (Dinosaurs, Pirates, Magic, Kids in space, etc.)
We teach respect for other people’s feelings:
This process starts with learning to “share” and the related ability to identify and talk about one’s own feelings. These skills evolve through empathy exercises where children dramatize emotions and role playing exercises where they act out opposing perspectives.
We teach children to solve their own problems:
Our teachers have been professionally trained to use Prof Myrna Shure’s “I Can Problem Solve” program which teaches pre-schoolers the skills to resolve inter-personal conflicts without adult intervention. This program really works and has been adopted by several States for use in their public school system. (See Shure’s books on “I Can Problem Solve” and “Raising a Thinking Child” … both designed for parents to use at home).
We teach children to work together:
Inspired by training intended to teach team spirit to executives, we have designed various projects that require team work and collaboration to accomplish shared objectives. This program includes both physical exercises and use of “cooperative board games” (where children win or lose as a group).
Physical education program:
Fine motor skills are nurtured thru daily craft and art projects which require finger painting, play dough modeling, cutting, drawing, block building, puzzles, and frequent use of a wide variety of manipulatives. Gross motor skills are developed thru daily dance, music, and calisthenics. Students use a wide variety of indoor gym equipment including tumbling mats, balance beams, climbing cushions, etc. Leapfrog offers off site gymnastics and instructional swimming. Older children have yoga every week.
We design our own curriculum:
The themes are the core of the Leapfrog experience and are designed to get children excited about being here and anxious to learn more. Once your children discover that Leapfrog is available to entertain them, they will want as much as they can get.
Annual evaluation for speech problems:
All children enrolled in leapfrog are evaluated annually by professional speech pathologists (“Speech Start” – Middletown). These evaluations are optional and are done on Leapfrog premises during regular school hours. Our experience confirms early intervention is essential in resolving speech related problems.
We make it easy for parents to follow what their children do here through detailed monthly calendars which highlight daily activities. (You may request samples).
We nurture every child, every day with individual attention and encouragement. 80% of our staff have professional teaching degrees and are State certified. All staff members (including director) are certified in pediatric first aid and CPR. All staff members have been trained by a registered nurse in use of an Epi Pen. Teacher tenure >> Average time working at Leapfrog is 13 years. Average time working as professional teacher is 18 years. We subsidize ongoing staff training in Princeton and local colleges.
Teacher feedback on student progress:
Parents have individual one-on-one teacher conferences every Spring to review their child’s progress. Parents may seek daily teacher feedback concerning developmental issues.
Parent “outreach” programs to help at home:
Leapfrog has a variety of resources that we make available to parents who are struggling with common problems at home. We have a lending library that includes books, DVDs and our favorite magazine articles/reprints off the web. These resources deal with some of the most common parenting challenges … like potty training, aggresion, biting, refusal to go to bed, problems sharing toys, etc. etc. Our head teacher, Miss Maureen, is always available for private consultations at no extra charge.
Indemnity for lost Deposits at another school:
We will pay you up to one month’s tuition if you lose a deposit at another school because you transferred to Leapfrog mid-year. Must be noted onn on application (documentation required).
How to reserve space:
Parents who wish to reserve space must submit an application along with a “one month” deposit and a registration fee. Desposits are intended to pay for your last month of tuition. If your requested schedule is not available, we will offer alternative days or a “waitlist.”
Orientation visits before school starts:
All children are invited to attend orientation sessions immediatley prior to the start of the school year in September. These visits last one hour and give our students a chance to meet their new teacher and other new classmates before school officially starts. There is no separation anxiety because parents stay with their children during these visits.
Field trips are generally snychronized with our monthly themes and parent participation is optional (mandatory for children under age four). Parents ride on the bus with their children and may bring children who do not attend Leapfrog. Past trips have included museums, acquariums, planetariums, the post office, the library, insectropolis, Sandy Hook, the Paper Moon Puppet Theater, the Count Basie Theater, etc.
Transportation is provided by the Wehrle Bus Company (all vehicles have seat belts and are driven by commercially licensed, professional drivers).
6,000 sq ft divided into four spacious classrooms separated by a large central area containing an art/craft center, a computer center, a piano, and an indooor climbing maze. Special features include a Kindergarten reading loft and a separate music room. Outdoor facilities include two fenced playgrounds (total 12,000 sq. ft) with spectacular, new play habitat.
Maintaining a healthy school environment is a responsibility that all our teachers diligently monitor. Leapfrog meets or exceeds all guidelines established by the Health Dept and the Dept of Youth & Family Services. When children are found to be sick, parents (or another caregiver) must pick up the child promptly. Children with a fever are not permitted back in school until 24 hours after their temperature has returned to normal without medication.
Professional portrait photographs:
“Slayton Studios” is the official Leapfrog photographer and visits Leapfrog every Spring. All children are photographed both individually and in class groups