Welcome to Beyond Basic Learning:

The International School

Beyond Basic Learning: The International School is a state-of-the-art nursery school operating in two waterfront locations in Hoboken, New Jersey and a third location in Fort Greene in Brooklyn, New York. All three schools boast breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline, which also serves as learning tools for the children. Other key advantages of our sites include open space, bright sunlight, outdoor parks and proximity to residential homes, local businesses and transportation centers.

Our children are provided with wonderful opportunities to learn from their community. Their exposure is not just local, but global, in that Beyond Basic Learning: The International School is home to a diversity of families from more than 20 countries. With an ‘open-door’ policy for our families, you may find a father or a mother participating in our circle time or celebrating their culture with us.

We are committed to providing an environment where each child's natural curiosity to learn is guided to support the acquisition of skills that promotes critical thinking and self-awareness. Our educational approach embodies the works of educational leaders such as Montessori, Piaget, Sprague-Mitchell, Dewey and Vygotsky, among others, in framing our curriculum. In our school you will find the themes in the classroom to be aligned with the children’s ages which provides teachers the flexibility to shape the curriculum based on the children’s needs.

Welcome to Beyond Basic Learning: The International School, where we go beyond the basics of learning!


Message from the Executive Director

“Looking outward from our classroom windows, our children see helicopters take off and land, observe ships of various shapes and sizes, see buildings appear as a combination of squares and rectangles. Their natural curiosity coupled with classroom inquiry as to why things fly in the air or float in the water starts to transform these children into budding explorers, scientists, inventors and artists. For what is true learning, if not founded on inquiry?” 

- Zuleika Fertullien
Executive Director & Founder