Area schools and camps have so much to offer

 Forsgate Country Club Forsgate Country Club Academy College Coaches (ACC), located in Morganville, provides professional college coaching to high school students and their parents.ACC focuses on finding the colleges that meet the student’s academic, career and social requirements.ACC will alleviate the stress, procrastination and concerns over finding the school that will be the best fit.ACC helps organize and process the application, provides support and assistance developing the personal essay, simulates practice interviews, suggests a format for creating résumé(s), recommends test strategies for taking SAT,ACT and SAT II exams, offers tips and techniques for completing financial aid forms, and assists families with the final task of selecting a college. A free 40-minute one-on-one consultation is available for all students and their parents.To arrange your free consultation, either call 800-605-6032 or email us at College Coaches, LLC, is located at 281 Route 79, Suite 203, Morganville.

 East Brunswick Public Schools East Brunswick Public Schools Is your child struggling with reading and writing? Does he have difficulty decoding (sounding out) words? What about his spelling? Do you scratch your head and wonder if he’ll ever learn to spell? Your child may have a specific reading disorder called dyslexia. Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is a neurological disorder. Simply put, a learning disability results in the way a person’s brain is “wired.” Most dyslexic children are just as smart as their peers, but they may have difficulty reading, writing, spelling, reasoning, recalling and/or organizing information. Dyslexia cannot be cured. It is a lifelong issue that needs the proper supports and interventions to help children succeed in school. Many dyslexics are successful and talented, often having distinguished careers later in life. In order to help a dyslexic child achieve success, a very specific multi-sensory reading program that involves using all of the senses — vision, touch, auditory, and kinaesthetic — needs to be implemented.

For more than 15 years, the teachers at Brunswick Reading and Speech Center have helped reduce the stress the educational system places on struggling children who suffer from this learning disability. Dyslexia may have a big impact on a child’s self-image and confidence.Without help, children often get frustrated with learning. The stress of dealing with schoolwork often makes children lose the motivation to continue to overcome the hurdles they face in every subject. How can you identify if your child has dyslexia? There is not one single test to determine if someone has dyslexia. Trained professionals use formal evaluations that look at a person’s ability to understand and use spoken and written language.These evaluations also look at areas of strength and weaknesses in the skills that are needed for reading, plus other factors including family history. Parents interested in a free one-hour consultation to discuss a private evaluation to help answer your questions can contact Pat Onore, M.A. and Laura Newman, M.S school psychologist at Eduserve Consulting at 908-331-3800 or visit for more information. It is natural for concerned parents to have questions about how to improve their child’s ability to learn and prosper.At Brunswick Reading and Speech Center, they offer a private initial consultation at no charge. Feel welcome to schedule an appointment to visit the facility and learn more about the programs. For more information, call 732-254-4433 or email Sharon Dubinsky, M.A., LDT-C is the director of Brunswick Reading and Speech Center,A-2 Brier Hill Court, East Brunswick. Brunswick Reading and Speech Center uses the Orton- Gillingham approach and all of the teachers are Orton-Gillingham teacher certified.

 Raritan Valley YMCA Raritan Valley YMCA  Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University  Hatikvah International Academy Charter School Hatikvah International Academy Charter School Forsgate Country Club, Monroe Township, announces the return of Camp Forsgate, a unique, full-day summer camp for children ages 4-10. Open to member and non-member families, Camp Forsgate will operate Monday through Friday from June 29 to Aug. 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with complimentary before and after care. Camp Forsgate’s setting complements an array of activities for campers.The camp will offer arts and crafts, science projects, swimming, team building, cooking demonstrations and group games.Twice a week, Forsgate’s professional instructors will offer golf lessons and fitness instruction.A maximum eight-toone camper to counselor ratio will ensure proper supervision by a team of qualified professionals. Camp Forsgate will be operated by KECamps, which runs summer programs at 70 country clubs across 26 states. Camp Forsgate weekly tuition is $275 for members and $315 for non-members. Registration is now open. For more information or to register, call 877-671-2267 or visit them online at

 St. Bartholomew School St. Bartholomew School Lifelong learning is the hallmark of East Brunswick Jewish Center. Beginning at 18 months old, the Toddler Fun program offers opportunities for social interaction in a nurturing environment.The formal nursery school program is available for 2 ½ year olds to 5 year olds, with an exceptional staff, trained in early childhood best practices.The curriculum is play-focused with music, dance, and gym as integral parts of a first Jewish education experience. School hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with extended before and after care from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.After-school specials include cooking, soccer and arts and crafts. Registration for 2015-16 is now open. Contact Lynda Perel, early childhood director, at East Brunswick Jewish Center is located at 511 Ryders Lane, East Brunswick. For more information, call 732-257-7070 or visit

 Madhavi Mehta of Taal Institute Madhavi Mehta of Taal Institute In the East Brunswick Public Schools, students are the priority! From the very start of their school journey, East Brunswick Public Schools prepare students for the challenges they will meet in the future by building a strong foundation in character education, literacy, mathematics, science, social studies and health. Beginning in the full-day kindergarten program, students receive instruction in art, music and physical education. Our students are unique; therefore our efforts are directed toward identifying and meeting student’s individual needs.Accordingly, we encourage diversity and flexibility in our programs.At the secondary level the journey continues with a comprehensive elective program which rounds out each student’s individual course of study.After school hours, students have the opportunity to compete interscholastically on athletic and academic teams, or participate in other extracurricular activities. Ninety-eight percent of graduates go on to pursue post-secondary schooling.The students’ average SAT score is 183 points higher than the state average, they offer 767 college level classes, and 81 percent of student participate in the awardwinning visual and performing arts courses. Kindergarten registration for the 2015-2016 school year begins on March 3. For more information visit

 ThrillCoasters Tours ThrillCoasters Tours Hatikvah International Academy Charter School, housed in a new school facility, provides children with a high quality education in a safe, nurturing and friendly environment. The rigorous curriculum is individualized, serving students learning at grade level, below it or above.The teachers plan individually for children to guide all students to exceed expected goals.As a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate, lessons are inquiry-based and service learning is infused in order to guide students into becoming compassionate, strong thinkers and problem-solvers.The students also become proficient in a foreign language, Hebrew, which is identified as one of the most difficult languages for English speakers to master. Even Hatikvah’s kindergarten students speak it! Hatikvah’s families are culturally diverse and students attending the school benefit from working collaboratively with children from many different backgrounds and who speak many different languages at home. Beginning next year, Hatikvah will be opening its first sixth-grade class and programming to meet the requirements of an International Baccalaureate candidate school including technology design in the form of robotics and continuing its engaging science and math labs through its ongoing partnership with Rutgers University. The school will hold its third lottery on March 13, 2014. Parents of children in the lottery will receive open-house information. If you are ready for a positive change for your child, register on the school’s website at Inquiries should be sent to the director, Dr. Marcia Grayson, at Hatikvah is a free, public school.

The Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Brunswick is set to host hands-on summer intensives in music, dance, graphic design, painting and drawing, and theater. Programs are open to artists of varying skill levels. Residential and commuter options are available. Participating students experience life in a collegiate setting as they train and create under the guidance of distinguished professional artists at the state’s premier arts conservatory.The slate of summer 2015 programs is as follows: Rutgers Symphonic Band & Chamber Music Camp; Rutgers Summer Jazz Institute; ASTA/NJ Chamber Music Institute; Rutgers Design Intensive; Drawing and Painting Intensive; Dance Conservatory; Dance Camps, and the nationally renowned Rutgers Summer Acting Conservatory, which Backstage Magazine has named among the nation’s top high school summer training programs. In addition, children ages 5 to 12 are invited to participate in the acclaimed Kids Create summer day camp, where they engage in drawing, painting, collage, movement, music, improvisational theater, creative dramatics, and playwriting. Students have the option of experiencing Kids Create on the New Brunswick campus this summer or at The Red Oaks School in Morristown.“My daughter had a life-altering time at camp,” says Jill Hanna, whose daughter attended the Rutgers Dance Camp, running in two one-week sessions. “Lauren had the time of her life; it helped her grow on so many levels.” Parent Jennifer Felder agrees.“Jair said it was an experience that he will always remember,” says Felder, whose son participated in the weeklong Rutgers Summer Jazz Institute.“I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for allowing him the opportunity to attend this series and to work with such outstanding instructors.” Each summer intensive is designed, taught, and overseen by a Mason Gross School faculty member. In many cases participants broaden their training with field trips to New York City and visits to local arts institutions to engage with working artists. Registration is open online now. More information and registration for all camps is found at summer-programs.

At the Raritan Valley YMCA, the summer camp experience is a smart choice for parents and children.The cost of keeping a child home for the summer and providing the experiences and entertainment they can have at day camp can quickly exceed the cost of a summer at camp.Add to that the need of working families to find quality coverage for their children when parents are at work and day camp becomes an even smarter choice. In these tough economic times families are faced with tough decisions, and the summer poses a particularly difficult challenge to parents when their children are out of school and parents are looking to fill the void in their children’s schedules. Camp Yomeca, Raritan Valley YMCA’s Day Camp, provides more than an economically sound option for parents, with early care and extended care options included at no additional charge, a low weekly rate, and the freedom to pick only the weeks you need, the YMCA is making it easier for parents. Camp Yomeca runs from June 22 through Sept. 4, and serves boys and girls ages 3-13.They also offer a Counselor in Training program for ages 14 and 15. Speciality Camps are offered in archery, soccer, cooking, fitness, the arts, and tennis. Camp Yomeca is located at 144 Tices Lane in East Brunswick between Ryders Lane and Route 18 and near route 1 access. For families with younger children, the Y’s childcare center serving youngsters 6 weeks to 5 years may also be a solution to multiple child care providers.The Y offers affordable, convenient and reliable childcare with quality programming and comprehensive facilities.The indoor and outdoor program options make camp and childcare a well rounded program. For more information about the YMCA, Camp Yomeca or to schedule a personal camp tour, contact the Y at 732-257-4114. For registration information, visit the Y’s website at

Rutgers Prep Summer Programs, located in Somerset, is delighted to offer many new programs as well as annual favorites. The goals for the Rutgers Prep Summer Programs are to provide a wide range of options for growth academically, artistically, and athletically in an environment that is safe, caring, and enjoyable for all ages.All of the camps are designed with one overarching principle in mind: summer is all about fun! The summer staff is charged with the responsibility of giving your child a tremendous summer experience.They strive to see each child achieve personal growth in whatever aspect of the program he/she participates, whether it is in the classroom through the summer school program or enjoying an all-around adventure with one of the summer camps.There is something at Rutgers Prep for every child. For more information about all of the camps and summer school classes, visit or call 732-545-5600.

St. Bartholomew School focuses on nurturing your child from Pre-K to grade eight, offering art, music, Spanish, National Junior Honor Society, before and after school care, and many extracurricular programs such as band, chorus, drama, Latin, sports, and more.The birthday cutoff for enrollment is Oct. 31.Your child’s learning adventure begins with 3- and 4-year-old preschool and full-day kindergarten in a family environment with electronic surveillance, a full-time nurse, and guidance counselor. St. Bart’s School is AdvancED Accredited and has state-of-the-art technology with digital whiteboards, advanced microscope.The next open house will be held March 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.To reserve, call 732-254-7105 or visit school is located at 470 Ryders Lane.

Shalom Torah Academy of Western Monmouth County prides itself on providing excellent education in a warm, supportive environment. Small class sizes and commitment to individualized attention allows for every child to attain his or her highest academic potential. Beginning with preschool, children are engaged in activities that stimulate growth in literacy, pre-math, and scientific experimentation. Open-ended art, music and dramatic play develop academic and life skills while the children enjoy themselves throughout the day.The elementary and middle school curricula emphasize creativity, critical thinking and self-directed learning across all the disciplines.Technology is part of the curriculum at every grade level. Classrooms utilize Smartboards, and Smart Response Systems and iPads are used throughout middle school for multidisciplinary learning. Robots come alive as students are engaged in programming and assembling them employing Lego Mindstorms Robotics Kits EV3 Software in the STEM Suite. STA students are involved in making choices about their learning, selecting different roles in collaborative work and finding original ways for applying their knowledge.The result is a student body that loves to learn.The competitive general studies program is complemented by a Judaic studies program that emphasizes Hebrew language, textual skills and appreciation for Jewish holidays and traditions and a love for Israel. Jewish values permeate the school, creating an inviting, happy atmosphere in which the children thrive. For more information, call Mrs. Gold at 732-536-0911, ext. 23.

Taal Institute was formed by Madhavi Mehta with a very simple vision of creating and developing interest in the classical form of dance in children in the United States.Taal has diversified itself in to various dance forms including hip hop, Bhangra, fusion and Zumba. The school is based out of Dayton, and is run by artistic director Madhavi Mehta.Taal teaches a wide range of age groups, from age 5 to adult. The institute offers specially designed programs for adults in form of Bhangra and Zumba workout sessions.They have classes during the week as well as weekends.Taal has won many first place trophies over the years in competitions in the tristate area. Starting this spring,Taal is adding more classes including piano, guitar and Karaoke singing class. Kids and adults love fun-filled dance education provided by well-qualified instructors at Taal.Taal Institute is located at 485 Georges Road, Suite 118, Dayton. For more information, call 732-647-6472.

ThrillCoaster Tours is America’s Only Roller Coaster Teen Tour and is voted the No. 5 travel camp in the United States. Entering its 11th summer of excitement like no other camp in around,ThrillCoaster Tours promises an experience of a lifetime. Campers have come from 20 different states, and now Japan, and they return year after year as the trips change every year. Join them as they visit amusement parks throughout the country. This summer they are offering two regular tours and a continuation tour: the first one is from Aug. 2-6 (Get To The Point Tour), where they will be traveling to Knoebels Amusement park (Pennsylvania), Cedar Point (Ohio) for two days with early entry into the park, and Hershey Park (Pennsylvania).The continuation tour fills the gap between the first tour and the second tour,Aug. 6-8.They will stay in the New Jersey area and have a swimming party and a night at the movies. The second tour is Aug. 8-16 (The MidStates Tour).The trip kicks off with Lazer Tag, followed by six incredible amusements parks in five states, Kings Island (Ohio), Holiday World (Indiana), Dollywood (Tennessee), Carowinds (North Carolina), Busch Gardens and Kings Dominion (Virginia). For more information, call 888-542-4842, email, or visit

Varsity Summer Academy offers the perfect summer experience where learning and fun go hand in hand.At VSA they offer a full six-week enrichment program for children entering grades three through eight that is taught by highly qualified certified New Jersey teachers, with teacher assistants in each course, and small classroom settings so that your children can get the best possible experience in the program. Courses are aligned with Common Core Standards to ensure that your children have a bridge from the summer to the school year. Monday through Thursday is filled with fun and engaging courses, but Fridays are where they kick the fun into high gear.The morning session on Fridays is where they hold the VSA Olympics weekly! Each week students will compete in events as groups to take on challenges such as relays, scavenger hunts, engineering design challenges, and more! During the afternoon session,VSA hosts visitors from outside organizations to engage students in educational and just plain fun experiences. Some of the organizations may include Games2U,The Brain Show, Liberty Science Center, School of Rock, theater groups, and more. For more information, visit