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Philosophy & Curriculum

Raising Raiders PreK believes in promoting a whole-child approach to learning by providing children with strategies to help them develop emotional, social, and cognitive skills needed to foster future academic success and become lifelong learners. We value fostering safe and nurturing learning environments for our children to engage in curiosity, critical thinking, hands-on cooperative learning, and social-emotional development. We recognize and celebrate diversity and inclusiveness of individuals, cultures and perspectives of all of our learners. 

Raising Raiders utilizes high-quality, state approved, Creative Curriculum. This is a content-rich and research-based developmentally appropriate program that promotes critical thinking skills for children of diverse backgrounds and skill levels. Inquiry, discovery, and discovery are the foundations of learning in this curriculum to enhance cognitive, academic learning, and social-emotional for all learners.  Please click here for more information about the curriculum. 


The Nutley School District serves approximately 4,100 students in Kindergarten through grade 12. The five elementary schools serve students K-6 and include Lincoln School, Radcliffe School, Spring Garden School, Washington School and Yantacaw School. John H. Walker Middle School serves students in grades 7-8 while Nutley High School addresses the needs of students in grades 9-12.