My grandson attended Beacon for three years. Every day the first thing he would ask is "Do I have school today?" He loved going and my daughter loved taking him. She was able to accomplish whatever needed to be done without ever worrying if he was in good hands. The staff was always professional and caring. We will all miss them...
Beacon Academy in Sewell, NJ is a blessing to my daughter! She has been there since she was about 9 months old and blossomed into a happy, healthy, socialized, well-adjusted child of 4 years old. Now in the pre-school class, she can read...let me say that again: SHE CAN READ AT 4 YEARS OLD! All the teachers have been wonderful, of course I have my favorites! And the Director Joan is so dedicated to the children. I find her to be generous and loving to my daughter. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND BEACON ACADEMY FOR YOUR CHILD'S GROWTH!
I am a highly qualified school teacher with certifications in Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, Special Education and Reading Specialist. I am experienced in ALL aspects of child care and education. I know what it is to educate and care for other people's children. I know the importance of providing a safe environment for children to learn and play. I also have high expectations for my son and for those whom I have chosen to care for him. I want you to know that I have no regrets leaving my son in the hands of Beacon Academy's staff. I am very pleased with the care and education my son is receiving from his teachers. He loves going to school and often asks to go on the weekends too. Ms. Joan is fantastic with all of the children and always has a smile, a kind word, and a laugh for every person who walks through Beacon's doors. I have never felt uncomfortable there and I truly do not believe anyone could. My concern is my son. I want him to be comfortable and he is. To those of you who feel "you are not a favorite." You are self-centered individuals. Your concern should not be YOU, it should be your child and the care that he/she is receiving. It is that care that I recommend. I look forward to sending my youngest son in the fall to join the Beacon Family.
As an business owner I find it sad that there are no qualifications to post reviews of a business. Reading several of the reviews I have no doubt they were written by former employees who did not live up to the standard of care this school has set. There are many preschool and childcare facilities in south Jersey, but I am certain you will not find one that gives the quality of care I found here. The educational program, the care for children's health, the cleanliness of the facility, and friendly teachers should convince anyone that this is the only school to take your children to. The only drawback is they do not have an elementary school so my child could continue beyond kindergarten with them. Keep up the great work.
I love Beacon Academy! Their staff, the Owner, Ms. Joan and everyone is always so nice!! I would never send my daughter anywhere else! My daughter started with Ms. Tanya and moved onto Ms. Sara and she has learned SO much! She amazes me every time she comes home! I can't believe that I am reading the negativity in these reviews, it shows that whomever wrote these needs to pull the wire out of you know where! Kudos to Ms. Joan (who is always so marvelous) and provides yummy hot coffee to those parents who are in a rush! ;-) I would NEVER send my daughter anywhere else. I give Beacon 10 STARZ!
My daughter attends Beacon Acadamy and is 3 years old. I'm amazed that she's been taught more than my neighbors daughter who is in kindergarten. She's been taught her phone #, home address, the alphabet, she knows the months in order, can write her name, etc. We get loads of feedback on her paperwork. Her teacher is always singing and laughing with the kids. She loves school and her classmates. Overall it has been a great experience. Her teacher last year and this year are both great people. Kudos.
You will NOT find a cleaner, healthier, more sanitized daycare anywhere around. On top of the far-superior classrooms, general play area, cafeteria and bathrooms, the teachers are just plain wonderful....especially Miss Joan, the owner. I couldn't have said it better than the reader that posted before me that the staff is more like a big family...aunts, cousins and grandmothers than just plain daycare providers. You won't worry about your children while you are at work...you will be able to concentrate and do your job while you are there, and you will be confident that they are in the best of hands (just as if they were in your own care).
As far as the negative comments below...sounds to me like these are the kind of people that are a PITA anyway and needed to be weeded out! Knowing the staff, I highly doubt that the stories below went down the way this reader posted. I would NEVER believe them, and think it's a shame that people can post such "slants" on a story without being able to hear both sides. I will miss Beacon when my kids move on to kindergarten. Again, I agree...you get what you pay for. If you can put a dollar amount on your childs' education/care, and want the cheaper version....go to Chesterbrook....where my daughter went until she had 3 ear infections, then a febrile seizure....before I pulled her out after 6 months....Thank God Beacon opened up and saved me from having to quit my job! I am forever grateful to the amazing staff and to Miss Joan.
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My son has been attending Beacon Academy since September, 2005. I have been completely satisfied with the care he has received from the beginning. My son has learned not only how to share and to be kind to his friends but he has also learned how to read, write and do math! That is amazing to me considering his older siblings did not learn these skills until the first grade! My hat goes off to all of Beacon's top notch teachers. My family loves all of you!
Beacon Academy is such a wonderful facility. I have three children that attend this school, and I feel wonderful leaving my children there throughout the day. I am in charge of drop-off, and needless to say I am never there at the same time everyday. The teachers never seem annoyed if I am there later, and whenever I drop off they are always involved in an activity. We toured a lot of daycare centers in the area, and this one by far was the cleanest, and set up most like a school. The serve them such great lunches that on the weekends my poor wife can never measure up, the children tell her that-not me! As a parent it is very hard to find that perfect place to leave your children, the most important part of your lives, and I just want everyone to know that I have found that in Beacon Academy. Special thanks and recognition to the teacher in the infant room, Miss Lois, and Miss Joan!
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I do have to say I feel sorry for the people who are tainting the Beacon Academy's name with this negativity. I have witnessed nothing but love, and kindness by all of the staff at Beacon since my children have been attending the last 2 years. They have become more like family than a daycare/school facility. My boys love waking up and going to school which tells me that their days must be filled with love, laughter and fun. I am a mother who loves her children tremendously and the thought of someone else giving care and love to my children always scared me because I never thought it would be enough. I always thought, who would take care of and watch my children like I do? I can say without a doubt the Beacon Academy does. I can leave in the morning feeling at ease watching their smiling faces as they greet their teachers and friends. As for the few negative comments surrounding Mrs. Joan, I have never seen disrespect on any level. What I have seen is a business owner who cares very much for her staff and children. What I have witnessed is Mrs. joan becoming very much a part of my life as well as my childrens. I couldn't be more thankful for finding them.
First off Joan is totally and utterly the most disrespectful person i have ever met. Let alone she is very fake. the fact that she may have money, she treats her non favorite staff like lower class, as if we were in the 1950's if u get my drift. Before i continue i am not a ex employee or a current employee. i would never work there even if it was the last job on earth. She cheats employees of pay, and works them like dogs. Not to mention disrespects them whether parents are around or not. If u don't want your child's ears tainted with bad language I suggest you do not send your child to this horrid facility. Now enough bashing on Joan, next on my list is staff. On frequent occasions i have come to the school, and instead of teachers being with children in the class they are at the front desk on the computer. Who is with the children??? And from what it looks like they aren't doing anything important, unless u consider facebook a priority! are you kidding me?????
In conclusion, if you want your child to experience school seeing disrespect and not learning a darn thing, please by all means enroll your child now, but if u want a safe, loving, nurturing, environment, stay far away from Beacon Academy in Sewell NJ!
Pros: really knows how to put on a show
Cons: teachers spend more time on the computer than with children