Stevens Cooperative School, an independent leader in progressive education since 1949, has announced an expansion of its Hoboken campus in order to make room for its growing Early Childhood Program and a dedicated new home for its upper middle school students starting in the 2022-2023 academic year.
To expand the Early Childhood Program, which includes PreK for 3- and 4-year-olds through Kindergarten, Stevens recently signed an agreement to connect its space at 339 River Street with the former Pilates studio at 335 River Street. Once connected to the existing premises, the new space will house an additional classroom, art and movement studios, and office space for staff.
Meanwhile, the school will undergo a full renovation of its building at 301 Bloomfield Street and convert it into a new Upper Middle School Building for 7th and 8th grade students. In addition to classrooms, the renovated building will include instrumental music studios and a flexible lounge and library area for students to collaborate, work and relax during the school day.
Overall, the expansion plans will allow Stevens to enroll two additional classes of PreK 3 and 1st grade students for the 2022-2023 school year, which will increase the Hoboken campus student body by 8 percent. In the 2023-2024 school year, the campus will add an additional 2nd grade.
“We are extremely excited for the many benefits these changes will bring to Stevens Cooperative School,” said Head of School Sergio Alati Ed.D. “We are excited to be able to increase access to our innovative Early Childhood curriculum and hope that many of those newly enrolled students will stay with us long enough to enjoy the new Upper Middle School Building.”
“These expansions to our Hoboken campus mark an exciting new chapter in the story of Stevens Cooperative School,” said Ingrid Rasmussen, the Chair of the Board of Trustees. “As we approach our 75th anniversary in 2024, we are thrilled to continue investing in the growth of our community and the best possible educational experience for our students.”
Stevens Cooperative School, founded in 1949 by members of the Stevens Institute of Technology community, is the only independent, progressive school with campuses in both Hoboken and Jersey City. Accredited by the National Association of Independent Schools and Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Stevens provides 430 students an educational experience that will serve them for a lifetime: the adventure of becoming their most authentic selves, engaging fully with their education, and seeing the world as full of limitless opportunity. For more information, visit www.stevenscoop.org.