Stevens Cooperative School

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The Stevens Cooperative School (also referred to as SCS), founded in 1949, is the only nonsectarian private elementary school in Hoboken, New Jersey, USA.[1] The school started as an informal playgroup for children of the faculty at Stevens Institute of Technology. The School, focused on delivering a Progressive education, has since grown into a preschool, elementary school, and middle school and the Stevens Cooperative School has campuses in Hoboken and Jersey City. Stevens is the oldest parent cooperative school in New Jersey As of 2011, from 2s through the 8th grade, nearly 400 students are in the school.[2] The Interim Head of School is Dr. David Penberg. Stevens Cooperative School is a member of the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools.

News, Press, Reviews of Stevens Cooperative School[edit]

On Jan 8, 2013, Guy West, a permanent substitute teach at Stevens Cooperative School, was charged with distributing child pornography. [3]

Stevens Cooperative School names Dr. David Penberg, Interim Head of School (2011/2012)[4]

Stevens Cooperative School names Dr. Sergio Alati, Head of School (Beginning July 2012)[5]

Mission Statement of Stevens Cooperative School[edit]

The mission of Stevens Cooperative School[6] is to provide a challenging, meaningful progressive education within a supportive and cooperative community. Through a developmentally appropriate curriculum, designed for varied learning styles, Stevens students become confident lifelong learners and responsible citizens with the skills to succeed beyond the School’s doors.

History & Timeline[edit]

  1. 1949 Stevens Cooperative School was incorporated as a school for 3s and 4s. After a number of years, it moved to Lott House, at 8th Street and Castle Point Terrace in Hoboken, where the Nursery school remained until 2007.[7]
  2. 1973 Stevens starts its first Kindergarten program at St. Matthews Presbyterian Church at 9th Street and Hudson Street.[8]
  3. 1979 The School moves to St. John’s Lutheran Church at 3rd and Bloomfield Streets and adds a 1st grade and 2nd grade.[9]
  4. 1980 Stevens adds 3rd grade and 4th grade and moves St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 820 Hudson Street. Families from all over Hudson County join the School’s population.[10]
  5. 1983 Stevens buys a building at 220 Willow Street to house the K-4th grade.[11]
  6. 1980s The expansion of the School allows for the hiring of many teachers from the Bank Street College of Education, one of the nation’s leaders in progressive education. This practice continues today.[12]
  7. 1986 The School hires its first full-time educational director.[13]
  8. 1992 The school moves into the Rue Building at 3rd and Garden Streets, where 1st grade - 8th grade in Hoboken remain today.[14]
  9. 1995 Zoe L. Hauser begins her tenure[15]
  10. Late 1990s Stevens expands to middle school, adding a 5th grade in 1997 and a 6th grade in 1998.[16]
  11. 2003 The School graduates its first 8th grade class.[17]
  12. 2003 Stevens moves its PreK and Kindergarten classes into a building a 301 Bloomfield Street, financing the purchase of the land with its first Capital Campaign.[18]
  13. 2005 Stevens opens a new campus at Newport in Jersey City with Kindergarten - 2nd grade, and the commitment to add one grade there per year.[19]
  14. 2007 A morning and afternoon 2s program is launched at the 301 Bloomfield Street facility.[20]
  15. 2007 Stevens moves its 3s, 4s and PreK/K students in Hoboken into a new facility at 333 River Street.[21]
  16. 2007 The Harrell Room, a science and media center, is installed on the second floor of 301 Bloomfield.[22]
  17. 2008 Stevens Newport Campus welcomes middle schoolers and has its first 5th grade class.[23]
  18. 2009 Stevens Newport Campus moves into a brand new, build to suit, 20,000 square foot space at the AquaBlu building within the Newport development.[24]
  19. 2010 Zoe L. Hauser celebrates 15 years as Head of School.[25]
  20. 2011 Dr. David Penberg becomes interim Head of School.[26]
  21. 2012 Dr. Sergio Alati named Head of School.
  22. 2013 Katherine Kingsbury ends her years at Stevens Cooperative School
  23. 2013 Josh Marks becomes Hoboken's new principal


Stevens Cooperative School is accredited by the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools (NJAIS).[27]


Tuition and fees are as follows:[28]

  • Half day 2s & 3s is $10,400
  • PreK to 2nd Grade is $16,400 per year
  • 3rd to 8th grade is $16,900 per year
  • After school program is free.

Activity Fee

  • 2s & 3s is $100
  • 4s – 8th grade is $140

Books and Materials Fee

  • 2s & 3s is $100
  • 4s – 8th grade is $140

Technology Fee 1st – 8th grade is $115

Student/Accident Insurance All grades is $25

Registration Fee (new students only)

  • 2s & 3s is $150
  • 4s – 8th grade is $500

Graduation Fee (8th grade only) is $325


Stevens Cooperative School owns and operates the following buildings (with a total of 46 staff members)[29]

Building Grades
301 Garden Street Middle School Grade 5-8
301 Bloomfield Street Intermediate School Grades 1-4
333 River Street Lower School Grades PreK-K


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Coordinates: 40°44′31″N 74°01′51″W / 40.741859°N 74.03096°W / 40.741859; -74.03096