My son is a high school senior now, but has been at Voyagers’ since the 7th grade. I’m so thankful we found out about the school. He had been doing well academically in public school but felt unknown and disengaged from the teachers and curriculum there. I think the main things I value from his education at Voyagers’ is the sense of community there and that he has learned how to think. At Voyagers’ all the children are given a voice, and how can that not give them a wonderful self confidence and maturity older than their years?
Voyagers' has been a life changer for my son. He arrived at age 9 after attending 3 different types of school in Florida, including a homeschooling type group. We visited 3 schools in NJ and when he walked out of Voyagers', he said "I found my people, I love it here". Music to a moms ears. The years following have been full of adventure, discovery, highs and lows. Although not a traditional education that you are used to (you will have to be open minded and think out of the box too), my child has learned in a way that has made him a better thinker, a better human, an independent learner, excited about education, a seeker of knowledge and a free spirit. He has been required to have his own opinions and to critique his own work and he has stepped up to the plate to do so. Through Project Weeks, he has been given the opportunity to soar in his exploration of Science, Chemistry, Physics and Engineering. There is almost always a "Yes" to his ideas, no matter how crazy or impossible they seem. What we have gained out of attending Voyagers' is priceless. We have seen our son accomplish great things, even after being told he had limitations and needed a helper to succeed. In addition to winning first place in the Beautiful Minds challenge his freshman year, he has received a full 4 year scholarship to the hosting college. We would have never accomplished this without the encouragement and support of the teachers in the H.S.
Our daughter is in her 6th year at Voyagers' Community School. It is an amazing school. The children are allowed to be themselves and learn at their own pace. Our daughter loves school and has excelled. The school has small classes and great teachers which provide the attention children need. We highly recommend this school.
An incredible collection of hard-working, thoughtful and caring teachers, parents, volunteers, board members and staff make the Voyagers' Community School one of the most unique communities in New Jersey. The Voyagers' Community School is defining project-based, student-centered, progressive education in the 21st century. The care and intention that goes into every lesson, every project and every hour spent with the student body makes this school one that is truly preparing children for the future and empowering young people to change the world. From it's dedication to Project Weeks, where students deeply commit themselves to a project of their choice, to it's work in the field of outdoor education, Voyagers' is unlike any other school. Voyagers' is changing the world.
Voyager's Community School let's my daughter be fierce and vulnerable and opinionated and smart and athletic and play outside, all while learning what she needs to learn. And the most important lesson is that to learn, you don't need to sacrifice your own happiness. My child is upset when she doesn't have school!
I have been involved with Voyagers' Community School from its inception and are continually amazed at the level of creativity in their learning environment. The students' opinions matter and are respected - they have a voice, preparing them for the world we live in today. The teachers and staff are caring individuals and their enthusiasm for what they do is apparent. The school facilities are a 10+ and make learning fun and encourage a wide range of interest for the individual student. I can't say enough about this remarkable school.
There should be a website for "outstanding" non profits because Voyagers contribution far exceeds great.
My son Elijah has been attending Voyagers for the last four years and we are greatful to have found a school that goes beyond recognizing his talents. They encourage and support him to reach his full potential.
It is really great to see all of the Voyagers students progress academically and socially.
Voyagers is an important part of the "village" that is helping to raise the next generation of leaders. Our communities simply need more organizations like Voyagers, truly making our world a better place.
Voyagers Community School has changed my daughter into a more knowledgeable and open person. The students are given independence and everyone is see equal. The school teaches them real world subjects that will help them grow and flourish when they leave their nest. Everyone is involved and continuously with their students try to improve their school as it grows by year. This school is a wonderful school that cares about their student students health and well-being and deserves more.
Voyagers Community School is more than a school. It is a place where students and their families are challenged, encouraged and supported to learn and grow as young scholars and active participants in our global community. I am continually impressed by the passion and commitment of the faculty and staff to guide the students on their voyage to knowledge, discovery and engagement with the world. No other school in the area engages students in the same way. They are truly fostering students to be responsible, curious and capable adults in a challenging and changing world.
Our child has been in Voyagers since kindergarten, and now in middle school. The outdoor school has truly inspired and reshaped how she experiences science and history. She is encouraged to follow her own interests in order to learn academics. We have watched her confidence increase in all areas of academic
development, as well as in creative writing and visual arts. The community at Voyagers is incredible. Children are supported in exploring who they are...without judgement. And, check out the indexed tuition. The administration will work with your family to make sure tuition is financially within reach.
In elementary school, my daughter's grades were always just above passing. The same was true in 6th grade. However, I was concerned that she really needed more math skills, so I hired a private tutor for math, twice a week. Suddenly, her math grades soared to 97-99 percent. Obviously, a regular school environment was not right for her. Initially, I then home schooled her for two years, which she enjoyed. However, I was worried that home schooling, in her case, was too isolating. Then someone told me about Voyagers' Community School.
I set up an appointment for me and my daughter to visit the school. She was interested in going there. She is now in her second year of high school. She loves it. The school treats each student individually. The staffs is incredible. They have allowed my daughter to begin to blossom as a young person.
Perhaps the best example of how unique Voyagers' is, is what I saw at least year's middle school graduation. Each student spoke individually. What was remarkable is that every single student said how middle school at Voyagers' were the best years of their life. I doubt many middle schoolers outside Voyagers' would say that, since for most, middle school usually represents an unpleasant part of growing up.
You might think that the curriculum must be easy. It's not, but rather allows students to achieve at their own pace. Last year, in her humanities class, there was a series of classes on the 20th century. I was suddenly reminded, by her reading list, about modernism, neo-modernism and post-modernism, subjects I hadn't thought about in years, but which suddenly became useful in my own professional life. How many high school courses can be said to do that?
She is learning American Sign Language, which has turned out to be one of her favorite subjects.
Last year's physics class had the students build a roller coaster from scratch. That enabled everyone to understand how the laws of physics may be put into practice. The roller coaster went along the walls of the entire classroom. Again, a fascinating way to teach.
All in all, Voyagers Community School has been transformative for my daughter. Going there was/is the best decision we could have made.
I believe if more schools followed Voyagers' approach to education, we would see more happy and successful students.
Voyagers, Community School is an innovator among private, not for profit schools. In the past two years the school has instituted indexed tuition and the Innovator Svholars program. This has created greater diversity in its student body and provided full four-year scholarship to talented students who might not otherwise be able to attend