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Memberships. ALA is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), Mid-Atlantic Christian School Association, New Jersey Christian School Association, and Northern New Jersey Christian School Association.

Staff. The staff of ALA are committed Christians who are trained and qualified with experience in the field of teaching. Turnover is a rare thing at ALA and many of our teachers have been with us for more than a decade, providing the continuity and consistency that are our earmarks.

Some interesting facts about ALA:

w ALA students commute to our school from approximately 45 different towns and cities throughout New Jersey.
w Our student population has more than tripled in the last decade.
w ALA was named an “Exemplary School Program” in the Mid-Atlantic Region by ACSI in 2005.
w ALA students are very diverse representing many ethnicities, races, religious backgrounds, economic experiences, and both urban and suburban identities. Few schools can boast of such diversity!
w ALA is housed in an unconventional building which was formerly owned by ITT Defenses, providing an excellent venue for our educational program.
w ALA is a ministry of Nutley Abundant Life Worship Center and as a Christian School participates in Bible classes and weekly chapel services.
w ALA originated an award winning program called “The Law of Kindness” which teaches students to treat each other justly and serve one another with kindness.
w ALA allows parents full access into lesson plans, gradebooks, attendance, and homework listings with a simple click of the mouse through a newly installed internet-based automation system.
w ALA offers weekly art instruction and physical education.
w The ALA Warriors participate in sports such as volleyball, soccer, basketball, and track & field and have access to their own state-of-the-art gymnasium newly constructed in 2001.
w ALA has two computer labs and partners with the University of Richmond to provide integrated technology educational opportunities.
w ALA begins its preschool instruction in Pre-Kindergarten for 3 year-olds and includes two Pre-K4 classes, as well, with a developmentally appropriate program for our youngest school family members.
w ALA is currently in its 26th year and looking forward to many more!

If you are interested in receiving a packet or visiting our campus for a tour, call us at 973-667-9700.

Recent Award

ALA was designated as an “Exemplary School Program” for the Mid-Atlantic region by ACSI in 2005 for “providing opportunities to learn beyond the traditional” with a “unique, innovative, cutting-edge, impacting” program called the “Law of Kindness” which encourages involvement and a strong sense of community. Dr. Smitherman, the president of ACSI, presented the administration of ALA this award at the Metro-Area Teacher’s Convention in October 2005.


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