Ability School has been serving children in Bergen County for more than 30 years. This private school for pre-k through middle school puts the focus on helping kids become productive, self-paced students who know how to apply what they learn in the classroom to the real world.

“Students and parents love the feeling of community we have here at Ability,” says Joan Marrazzo, Head of School, citing a close relationship between the school and its families. Marrazzo says that students at Ability School are viewed as individuals and get the support they need as they progress toward more challenging work.

“Parents love the personal attention we can give students and our mastery-based curriculum that focuses on purpose, interest and comprehension. And the fact that we have small classroom sizes, allowing us to give students that needed attention.”

During the coronavirus outbreak, students were online a majority of the school day, with lots of interactive seminars and one-on-one time with their teachers. “Students still made great progress on their programs,” says Marrazzo. 

She says the school’s small classes lent themselves to allowing students to participate, even in a remote learning setting.

“We had regular parent Zoom meetings to keep them up-to-date on their children’s progress and created weekly packets of materials for parents to pick up each week organized by day.” 

Marrazzo says that along with small class sizes, Ability School offers the opportunity for hands-on learning, individualized, self-paced programming and a proficiency-based curriculum.

“Our literacy program, which starts in the preschool and grows throughout our program, encourages a life-long love of learning.” 

75 Knickerbocker Rd., Englewood

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