One of New Jersey's largest independent day schools, the co-educational, Pre-K-12 Montclair Kimberley Academy recently celebrated its 125th anniversary. Located on three age-appropriate campuses, MKA offers an innovative education that combines excellence in teaching, creativity in curriculum and a highly-personal, technology-enriched environment. Embracing the highest academic standards, MKA attracts extremely able students, but it has none of the feelings of competitiveness that can often arise in a culture of achievement. Instead, this is a school that students, faculty, parents and alums describe as a family - a warm, welcoming and supportive place where students are encouraged to think critically, are given the confidence to stretch and the preparation required to meet real-world challenges ahead.
Small classes are a hallmark of the MKA experience, and individual attention is guaranteed from a skilled and passionate faculty who are at the heart of the school's success. Thanks to a rigorous hiring process, periodic performance reviews and a commitment to innovative, ongoing faculty development, MKA teachers offer more than impressive credentials; they are experts in their fields who share and instill their love of learning, who coach, advise, nurture and inspire. The Primary School Campus, serving children in grades Pre-K - 3, provides an atmosphere of exuberant exploration in a nurturing, creative environment, distinguished by specialist teachers in science, foreign languages, art, dance, music and technology. Grades 4 - 8 are housed at the Middle School Campus, where support and challenge, freedom and responsibility are balanced as students grow both personally and academically. At the Upper School Campus serving grades 9 - 12, myriad opportunities in the arts, athletics and extramurals, strong faculty-student relationships and a vibrant school spirit enhance rigorous academics and college preparation. Long known as leaders in the field of educational technology, MKA implemented a 1:1 Laptop Learning Program in the fall of 2010 and has been recognized as an Apple School of Distinction for 2013-15.
Spanning the three campuses and ensuring that the MKA community is united by shared values, skills and knowledge are 'Signature Programs' in the Culture of Ethics, The Writing Challenge and The MKA Core. These distinguish MKA's already rich curriculum and bring very real meaning to the school motto 'Knowledge, Vision, Integrity.'
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