Cedar Hill Prep Blog
As educators, we are always aware that the makeup of a child’s educational environment is the key to harnessing each child’s special gifts. All too often we see parents feeling obligated to fill their child's schedules with adult-driven activities such as instrument lessons, dance, or organized sports. It has been our experience that children learn best in a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment that extends beyond the classroom. Although there is value in those supervised, structured activities, unstructured playtime is an essential piece of your child's development. When children are immersed in a diverse environment with abundant space and stimulating activities, they are empowered to reach their unique potential socially, physically, intellectually, and emotionally.
One of the biggest challenges facing parents who have enrolled their children in a Montessori education is deciding where to go next. Although Montessori programs do exist for all ages, it is rare to find a school for children past 3rd grade, leaving parents with a difficult decision regarding their children’s education through the elementary and middle schools.
Summer learning loss is a widely talked about reality where students lose between one and two months of academic knowledge (depending on the subject) during their time off from school every summer. Many studies have suggested that summer school and literacy programs significantly help to prevent this loss of learning, but these options aren’t viable for every parent. The next best thing is something that is conceivable for every parent, regardless of your schedule or budget over the summer: getting involved and remaining hands-on with your child during these summer months.
For over 9 years, Cedar Hill Prep Summer Day Camp has been more than simply a summer experience — it’s a life experience with value and resonance that extends far beyond the boundaries of a single summer. In everything we do, we seek to show our students how beautiful, exciting, and full of promise the world is. Over the years we have continued to pride ourselves on keeping our campers safe while providing a fun and nurturing environment.
This year, we are excited to offer three camping experiences, each with different enrollment options to fit your summer schedule. Although unique, each program has been carefully designed to allow children to relax and enjoy their summer while expanding their education, making friends, and discovering new talents at the same time.
We recently highlighted how difficult it can be to get into a private middle or elementary school in the Garden State and offered parents 5 tips to improve their chances of getting accepted to a top NJ private school. Unfortunately for both parents and prospective students alike, it only becomes more competitive as children approach high school. For example, private elementary schools in New Jersey have an average acceptance rate of 81% where private high schools only accept an average of 69% — and those numbers are much smaller for highly accredited schools.
The admissions process to get into a private school can be competitive, especially when that school is well recognized and highly accredited. Although each school has a set of expectations and requirements that is unique to its culture, there are certainly things that private schools look for across the board. Cedar Hill Prep is proud to be in the top 10% of schools in New Jersey and strives to inspire young minds who are a good fit for our program to achieve academic and personal excellence.
Have you ever wondered what it takes to get into Cedar Hill Prep School? Our place amongst the top 10% of schools in New Jersey makes it imperative that we select the best students to join our program, but these students aren’t necessarily the ones with the highest marks.
It’s no secret that obesity is currently a hot topic across the entire country, particularly as it relates to our nation’s youth. According to the American Heart Association, about one in three American children and teens is overweight or obese, which is nearly triple the statistics of 1963. Here at Cedar Hill Prep, we believe that schools have a unique opportunity to make a positive impact on those numbers, and it isn’t a task we take lightly.
Topics: School Beliefs
There have been a number of studies in recent years that suggest people who speak more than one language are in fact more intelligent. A 2012 article written by the New York Times highlights that learning multiple languages could improve cognitive skills beyond those related to language, which is a considerably different viewpoint than previously thought. Educators and researchers had considered a second language to be an obstruction that would distract the child and ultimately hinder his or her academic development.