What is Hovnanian School?
We are a private, not-for-profit, non-sectarian, co-educational Day School accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Classes range from Early Learning Center through the Eighth grade. Professional multilingual instruction in English, Armenian, French, and Spanish is offered from the earliest grades through the transitional years of junior high school.
Who may attend Hovnanian School?
We accept all applicants for ELC through the Eighth grade. Any child who has turned 3 years old by September 1st, may apply for our Nursery program. ELC, Nursery, and Pre-Kindergarten are not considered as day care, but rather as classes of active instruction, where students learn through age-appropriate activities. If the number of qualified applicants exceed available spaces, priority is given to siblings of a student enrolled in Hovnanian School. A wait list is available. Subsequently, if you are looking for child care services, please visit our sister website: www.hovnanianCCC.com for information for our newborns-24 month olds.
How long is the school day?
The hours for ELC through Eighth Grade are from 8:25 am to staggered dismissals beginning at 3:15 pm. For those families who need the convenience of a longer school day, students may be dropped off as early as 7:45 am. After-school supervision is also available from Monday - Friday at an additional cost.
Is my child safe at Hovnanian School?
Your child’s safety is our number 1 priority. Every effort is made to keep the building and classrooms environmentally safe and physically secure. Teachers and school administrators greet students each morning and discharge the students at dismissal to the designated parent or caregiver picking your child up. The school also has a closed circuit TV security system connected to a digital recorder. Hallways and outside doors are continuously under surveillance and monitored closely. Public health and safety inspections take place regularly and a full-time registered nurse is also on staff.
Do you have transportation to and from school?
Hovnanian School offers transportation services to it’s students on a first-come, first-serve basis. Currently we have 2 New Jersey busses and 2 Manhattan busses, one for the East side and one for the West Side. Transportation reimbursement for students beginning in Kindergarten is available from most towns.
Is a school uniform required?
Yes. All students must comply to the uniform code of Hovnanian School. The uniform code varies by grade level and can be found in the Student Handbook. Students should arrive to school in full uniform and school appropriate shoes. With the exception of watches, fine chains, and small earrings, jewelry is not permitted. Boys should have classic haircuts. Extreme hairstyles such as mohawks style or mullet haircuts are not permitted. For safety reasons, roller sneakers are prohibited and girls should wear should wear flat shoes (maximum heel height is 1”). Sneakers are only permitted on gym days and designated uniform-free days. Hat, sleeveless shirts, sandals, chewing gum, tattoos, any polish and makeup are prohibited. Name must be written inside all uniform items. There are several uniform-free days during the academic year wherein students are permitted to attend school in casual attire that adhere’s to Hovnanian School’s dress code requirements.
Does the school have a nurse?
Yes. Hovnanian School has a full-time nurse on staff during the school year. Takouhie Dabaghian, RN provides any necessary service and attention for medical or emergency needs that may arise. Nurse Dabaghian also keeps our school community informed and up-to-date on health related issues.
Furthermore, Nurse Dabaghian is our Health Educator for grades 5-8.
Emergency contact information and health records (including immunizations and allergies) for all students are stored on our regularly updated computer database as well as with hard copies on our school campus.
Does the school offer a lunch program?
A Yes, we offer a delicious hot lunch program catered by Krichian Foods and Roman Pizzeria.
The options are as follows:
Two weeks before the following month begins, a menu and form will be sent home with a deadline date. You can:
- Order a full week, 4 hot meals and pizza on Fridays
- Order weekly, 4 hot meals only (no pizza)
- Order weekly, pizza only (Fridays)
- Only ELC parents may order on a daily basis.
Once you have completed your order form, return it to school by the indicated deadline. You may pay by cash or check payable to to Hovnanian School pto. For the families that have more than one child in the school, you may send in payment with one check, however, each child must have his/her own form filled out. Teachers will collect the orders and submit them to the committee. No late forms will accepted after the deadline date. There are no exceptions.
You may sign up for the entire school year for the hot lunch program.
The options are:
- Order a full year, 4 hot meals and pizza on Fridays per week.
- Order a full year, 4 hot meal only (per week, no pizza)
- Order a full year, weekly pizza Fridays
Once you return the attached Hot Lunch Form and payment in full, you will be registered for the entire year and will not be solicited during the rest of the year. You do not need to full out the monthly Hot Lunch Forms either. The menu will be posted on our website each month as well emailed to you in our weekly calendar.
No Participation in the Hot Lunch Program
Once you check your choice on the the attached Hot Lunch Registration Form to not participate, no more reminders will be sent to you.
Does the school have standardized testing?
Yes. The Terra Nova standardized test is administered to students beginning in Kindergarten. Complete Battery is used from K through 3rd and Multiple Assessment is used from 4th through 8th grades.
Home reports provide the student’s national percentile and proficiency level by subject. The faculty analyzes test results annually to determine subject areas in need of enhancement.
School reports provide additional analyses, which are used by teachers and the administration as an evaluation not only of student achievement but also of the curriculum.
Test results are also used to secure support service for individual students.