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Primary Prep is a small, private elementary school that was founded in 1993 by Maureen Hoffman and a group of parents from Play & Learn Nursery School. The parents were extremely pleased with the quality of the pre-school experience. They wanted to find an elementary school where this experience would continue. With great effort and planning, the Kindergarten was opened in September of 1993. Primary Prep grew by one grade each year until it reached the eighth grade in the fall of 2001.

In June of 2002, Primary Prep graduated its first eighth grade class of four students. Since then, empty seats in the classrooms are extremely rare.

The continued success of the school can be attributed to the children and their parents. The school has a very diverse population that reflects the surrounding community.

The children arrive at school ready for an interesting and thoughtful day of activities that are planned by an energetic and caring staff.

The curriculum is designed to keep the children interested in the education process by making the daily lessons fun and interactive. Goals for success are developed early and the students strive to reach them.

Smiles are a ready commodity of the children as they travel through their school years at Primary Prep.

Our School

Primary Prep Elementary is a private, non-denominational school offering an exciting learning environment to children in Kindergarten through Grade Eight. The school is located in the center of Jersey City, New Jersey with easy access to major roads and public transportation.


Our Mission

Primary Prep Elementary School is a diverse learning community that prepares each student for academic, social, and personal success by providing a safe, supportive, and challenging environment. It is our goal to nurture and assist the children in achieving their highest potential as they grow to become confident, competent, and caring individuals.



The curriculum at Primary Prep is designed to encourage the students to think outside the box.  Critical thinking is mandatory.  During their time at Primary Prep, the pupils develop a strong foundation in math, reading, language arts, science, history, writing, and the arts.  Technology is infused in the lessons through iPads, Google chrome books, and laptops.

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