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Poly Prep Lower School

50 Prospect Street
Jersey City, NJ 07307

(201) 768-1103


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"In keeping with Dr. Allen's vision, the mission of Poly Prep Country Day School is to prepare students for college and for life by fostering learning, health, leadership, community responsibility, and, above all, character. A day-long program of academics, physical education and athletics, arts, and extracurricular activities is guided by a strong, committed faculty, in a diverse school community, on campuses with outstanding facilities.
What does this mean day to day?
At Poly Prep, we believe in working toward the development of the whole person—health, mind, and character. We also believe that such an education can only be obtained within a diverse learning community. To this end, the school has dedicated itself to creating a genuinely heterogeneous student body, one that bridges differences and provides a vibrant and inclusive educational environment. When students from different backgrounds work, learn, and succeed together, individual learning is enhanced, as are the prospects for the well-being of the immediate community, and for our society as a whole.
Close relationships with faculty help students learn to question freely, develop powers of critical thinking, and accept differences. Our academic program demands rigor, but also seeks to teach young men and women a deep and abiding respect for the power of knowledge, the method of reason, and sound moral decision-making.
In all pursuits and daily interactions, Poly Prep students are reminded of the importance of character, and of their responsibilities to the community.
We believe that this kind of education gives young people the best mode of access to the full promise of American life. We are committed to providing this access for all Poly Prep students, whatever their backgrounds.
The headmaster talked one day in Chapel about repechage and starting each year afresh. He talked about the school community and the opportunities that arise from being part of such a place. Poly is so special because we believe in maintaining certain academic and behavior standards. Character is what defines a Poly student. We are proud of that.

Excerpted from the preschool's website