Cedar Hill Prep Blog

Preschool Options In Somerset, NJ & How To Choose The Best For Your Child

Posted by Nandini Menon on Sep 16, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Choosing the right preschool is a choice many parents have a hard time with because, for most, this is the first time they will have to dip their toes into making formal education choices. Thankfully, there are a lot of different options in Central New Jersey where the education system ranks second nationwide!

Since this is a hard decision for many to make, we thought we would put the best preschool options together for you — including some pros and cons for each choice.

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Topics: Prospective Parents, preschool

A Day In The Life Of A Cedar Hill Prep Preschooler

Posted by Ruth Sulitzer on Sep 13, 2016 7:55:00 AM

It is pickup time. You wait in line to retrieve your preschooler, anxious to see them again, to hug them, and to hear about their day. When you finally ask, "Honey, how was school?" and they say something like, "It was okay" or "Boring," you start to wonder: What are they doing all day? I mean, you send them to one of the best private schools in New Jersey — they must have something to say for their day. Right? 

Does that scenario sound familiar? 

While it is easier with older children to engage in a conversation about their school day, it can still be challenging. So, today, I want to shed some light on our classroom routine. This way, you can ask your child more targeted questions like, "What job did you have during morning meeting?" or "What center did you choose today?" and hear more about what your child is learning every single day instead of one-word answers. 

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Topics: Prospective Parents, preschool

Preschool, Elementary, or Middle School — When Does Private School Make The Most Sense?

Posted by Nandini Menon on Sep 9, 2016 4:08:50 PM

There is no question about whether or not a private school will significantly impact your child's intellectual, personal, and interpersonal development. However, quite often, parents ask themselves: Does it make more sense to start early, or can I "skip" the first years and start in middle school when it starts counting towards their academic resume?

Private schooling is a gift that keeps on giving, and there are numerous benefits unique to private education regardless of the grade your child is in. However, some specific benefits of private school vary with the student's age. Here is a glimpse of how private school is advantageous to students at each age milestone.

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Topics: Prospective Parents, Middle School, preschool, Elementary

How To Pay For Private School With Sallie Mae Loans

Posted by Nandini Menon on Sep 9, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Back before public education became standard, and when most of the population still lived on farms, it was common to send only one child to school. This was partly because the children were needed at home to help out around the farm, but the cost of sending a child to school was also a major deterrent as parents had to pay the teacher either directly or with a portion of their crops

 The lucky child who got to go to school had to walk several miles each morning carrying firewood for the school room. (S)he also had to walk home for lunch, walk back to school, and walk home again after school. Then there were farm chores to get done and siblings to teach. Sending a child to school was a major responsibility and investment for the entire family.

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Topics: Prospective Parents

5 Ways You Can Share Your Love Of Cedar Hill Prep School With Other Parents

Posted by Nandini Menon on Sep 5, 2016 1:26:10 PM

A lot of parents ask us, "What is the best way to refer my friend who is interested in sending her child to private school?" Parents often have a family member whose child would be a great fit for Cedar Hill Prep School, but they do not know how to plant the seed, so to speak, or help them in their journey.

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Topics: Prospective Parents

Interview With A Top Cedar Hill Prep Alumni: Lauryn

Posted by Ruth Sulitzer on Aug 10, 2016 10:36:03 AM

Meet Lauryn.

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Topics: Prospective Parents, School Beliefs, Middle School

Why Unstructured Play Makes Your Child A Better Student (and a Better Person)

Posted by Nandini Menon on Jul 20, 2016 9:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Prospective Parents, Exams, School Beliefs

The Best Private School For Your Montessori Student

Posted by Nandini Menon on Jul 12, 2016 9:00:00 AM


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.

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Topics: Prospective Parents, School Beliefs

Educational Summer Bucket List For Kids In New Jersey

Posted by Nandini Menon on Jun 28, 2016 9:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Prospective Parents, School Beliefs

Summer Camp Options for your Exceptional Student

Posted by Nandini Menon on Jun 1, 2016 9:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Prospective Parents, Summer Camp