The outdoors is one of our best classrooms; all of our students go outside almost every day. In our Outdoor School for 6-8th graders, nature-based studies are at the center of the experience at our Monmouth County community school.
Students participate in nature walks, hikes, boating, fishing, orienteering, and they study Science, Global Studies, and Literacy Studies—all while in nature.
Our Science curriculum features “in nature” labs. Students learn how local and global environments continuously change. Outdoor learning creates opportunities for active thinking, problem-solving, and cooperation.
Experiments in sight, sound, smell, and touch offer a natural learning environment. Students gather data in real-time for real results. These opportunities enable them to respond to challenges and responsibilities in ways not possible in the classroom.
The most meaningful explorations in life come from curiosity. We nurture and develop curiosity and inquiry as a way of life.
Our students are so joyful at school that you have to look closely to see how they work, become individuals, and learn. The way they work sets us apart.
If students have fun collecting bugs, for example, we’ll guide them toward an entomology project, possibly uncovering a newfound love of science.
If students love to tell stories, we introduce them to authors, publishers, and bookstore owners, possibly revealing a writer or business owner.
Curiosity leads to a lifetime of learning and achievement!
At Voyagers’, being creative is a part of learning at all times. Creative expression is integrated into every student’s daily experience in the arts, sciences, and the STEAM Lab.
Creative energy molds our entire educational approach and does not cease when class ends. Children explore and expand their horizons with their own thoughts.
We provide the tools, guidance, and safety for children to think creatively and act on their wonderings.
From their earliest days as a Voyager, we expect a lot from our students. We don’t have much homework, but we do have in-depth projects.
Projects inspire social interaction and decision-making within peer groups, which are the pathway to maturity. When working together toward a common goal, their minds are focused on the big picture and their portion of it.
Children who are in control of a project are in control of their learning. They remember deadlines, manage their time, and drill facts, so the project comes to fruition.
They learn their strengths and weaknesses, giving them confidence in themselves. We are determined to keep students motivated toward a life of cooperation, integrity, and of course, learning.
Children’s opinions matter; we treat our students with respect. We trust them, we have high expectations for them, and we give them plenty of responsibility.
We model respect and students show respect and support to others in return. This behavior is evident in their daily interactions and the service they provide in the community.
Within our school, students help to establish and come to embrace community service. It becomes an intellectual and heartfelt experience. Children volunteer to maintain our organic garden and care for our many pets. They run our school store and steward our green initiatives.
Outside our community, they host food, sock, and toy drives and visit assisted living facilities. Internationally, they raise funds for wells in Rwanda, orphans in the Philippines, and refugees in Darfur.
We pay attention to the learning strategies children use to make sense of the world. We teach, guide, and mentor them with individual focus.
An optimal student to teacher ratio allows for better instruction. Each mentoring teacher is the sounding board, the safety net, the cheerleader, and the advisor to Voyagers’ students.
All discussions are confidential and can range from academic interest to navigating emotional and social issues. We partner with every high school student to advise them in college selection and the application process.
It is our goal to provide the most comprehensive information and advisement so that families can make informed decisions. We’re here to help your child thrive!
We offer best-in-class technology in our STEAM Lab and all our classrooms.
All students, from kindergarten through high school, have iPads. Our students use professional cameras, 3D printers, and animation stations. We offer the most recent and well-designed apps to learn computer coding, robotics, and so much more. Even preschoolers and toddlers learn to take still and video images.
Our parents receive daily student updates through pictures, text, and audio recordings posted on Seesaw, a digital online portfolio. This interaction keeps parents closely engaged with their child and the classroom.