NORTH BERGEN, NJ – In an effort to provide additional academic support and learning time for students, the North Bergen Board of Education is offering a free Saturday Morning Enrichment Program at the high school for students in Kindergarten through 6th Grade. Students engage in fun and exciting educational activities to develop their skills and knowledge, and better prepare them for the school year.
“This program has been a spectacular success for students that need to enhance their education, as well as for parents seeking strategies so they can support their children at home,” touted North Bergen Superintendent George Solter. “I’m very happy to see how this program has grown over the years, which is a testament to its popularity and genuine importance to so many families in our community.”
Beginning as a Targeted Assistance Program around ten years ago, its Title I federal funding originally mandated it exist only for students who were struggling and in need of academic support, however it is now school-wide and all students are eligible to receive services. It has substantially grown in size and this school year, over 450 students have signed up to attend.
Students are divided into small class groups of around 10 or 12, who are then supported by teachers who have the flexibility to be creative and utilize fun, hands-on activities to foster and promote learning. Additionally, twice a month parents are invited to attend a workshop that teaches them tutoring strategies and provides them learning materials so they can assist their children at home. This reinforces the knowledge the students have gained and ensures new learning takes place throughout the week even while they are not at school.
The subjects covered include the traditional reading, writing, and mathematics, however to make it more enthralling they also provide a rotating curriculum of subjects such as robotics, art, theater, and more.
“One of the biggest challenges facing educators is achieving buy-in from your students, and this program is so successful because the children who attend are genuinely passionate about participating in our fun and exciting learning activities,” beamed Eugenia Ramos, Program Director. “If you don’t provide programs the kids will love, they’re not going to get up early on a Saturday morning ready to engage!”
Offered almost every Saturday throughout the school year, the program is held at North Bergen High School from 9:00 – 11:00 AM. Parents can come and sign students up at the High School on any Saturday they are open.
The dates for the 16 session program are listed below:
October 22 & 29, 2022
November 5 & 19, 2022
December 10 & 17, 2022
January 7, 21 & 28, 2023
February 4, 11 & 25, 2023
March 11, 18 & 25, 2023
April 1st, 2023
Parent Workshop Dates:
December 10th (K-3 parents) Dec.17th (K-2 parents)
Jan.21st (grades 4-6 parents) Jan. 28th (grades 3-6 parents )
Feb. 11th (K-3 parents) Feb. 25th (K-2 parents)
March 18th (grades 4-6 parents) March 25th (grades 3-6 parents)
The North Bergen School District is a neighborhood based school system serving students from Pre-Kindergarten to High School. The curriculum is aligned with the New Jersey State Core Curriculum Content Standards and State Assessment Program, and class offerings include required academic subjects as well as physical education, art, instrumental and vocal music and research and study skills for elementary students.