Educating & Inspiring Children Since 1971

Watch the Book Trailers by Group 4 students (7th and 8th grade).

NCCL is an independent, progressive elementary and middle school with an enrollment of 80 students, kindergarten through 8th grade. Small multi-age classes are led by expert teachers  (10:1 ratio). Graduates leave as creative problem-solvers prepared to thrive in our complex, 21st-century world.

Structured K-8 curriculum includes: mathematics, reading, writing, social studies, science,  Spanish, music, art, physical education, and full recess for all ages.

Our Mission is to provide a rich academic foundation while fostering confident thinkers and igniting the passion for learning that is within each child.

We Emphasize:

  • Guided, cooperative learning
  • Social and emotional skills such as inclusion, empathy, kindness and diversity
  • Connections across academics, such as math with history
  • Inquiry-based projects, short and long term
  • Positive discipline
  • Environmental sustainability

Our Philosophy is that children learn best when:

  • They are actively involved.
  • They use all of their senses to discuss, debate, explore, investigate, create, and gather their own information.
  • They study subjects in depth rather than in broad overviews, bringing in information and concepts from related areas.
  • They are interested in the topic, are challenged but not frustrated, and are having fun.

Our Curriculum is designed to:

  • Rely on non-competitive assessments, not standardized testing.
  • Be child centered.
  • Be age appropriate.
  • Teach core concepts and skills, academic and social.
  • Include open-ended learning experiences which have many solutions to one problem.
  • Be integrated.
  • Respond to children’s needs and interests.

Interested in learning more about NCCL? Come visit us during one of our open houses or schedule an individual visit.

Recent News

NCCL event promotes sustainability, conservation

June 12, 2014

NCCL’s event to promote sustainability and conservation was recently featured in an on-line version of the Newark Post! NCCL event promotes sustainability, conservation   – Newark Post Photo by Josh Shannon

Group 4’s Big Give 2014 is Underway!

March 29, 2014

The students in Group 4 have started their Big Give community service projects.  Thanks to proceeds from our Thursday pretzel sales and a generous donation from the Sorensen family, each student has been given $50 with which to make a difference in the community. The kids brainstormed lists of issues that they were concerned about or needs in their communities (continue reading)

Apprenticing Program featured in Newark Post

December 12, 2013

This article on our apprenticing program appeared in today’s on-line version of The Newark Post. It will be available in print tomorrow. The experiences our middle school students are getting at NCCL are priceless! NCCL apprenticeship program teaches middle-schoolers work skills, life lessons

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