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Rocky Hill Cooperative Nursery School

15 Montgomery Avenue
Rocky Hill, NJ 08553

(609) 924-9521


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Co-op

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught

Day in the Life

General School Mission

In 1959, a group of local parents established Rocky Hill Cooperative Nursery School. Located in the historic borough of Rocky Hill, the school is fully certified, non-profit and non-sectarian. For almost 50 years, parents and teachers have been coming together to create a very special pre-school community for Rocky Hill, Montgomery, Princeton, South Brunswick and surrounding areas. The primary goal of our preschool is for every child to have a positive attitude toward learning. Our teachers seek to achieve this by providing fun and exciting hands-on experiences in a safe and nurturing environment. A happy first school experience is our main priority, as it so often helps to shape a child's attitude toward school.

Additionally, we focus on preparing children to be socially, emotionally and intellectually ready for elementary school. Our teachers are continuously evaluating and enhancing curriculum to ensure that the graduates of RHCNS are well prepared for kindergarten.

Finally, we are a parent-run, cooperative nursery school. Our parents volunteer their time and talent to coordinate all administrative aspects of the nursery school. The importance of cooperation is both demonstrated by our example and emphasized in the classroom. It is our aim that the children will come to understand the value of working together and develop respect for the different strengths and talents that we all possess, parents and children alike.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up