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Student Registration

Tuition Preschool

The Walnut Ridge Preschool is full for the 2022-2023 school year. Please contact Jane DiCarlo at  jdicarlo@vtsd.com if you would like to place your child on the waiting list.


Children must be at least 3 years old on or before October 1, 2022 and toilet trained. This program is open to Vernon Township residents only. The program is a 2-1/2 hour session that is held 5 days a week. You have the option of a morning or afternoon session. No full day sessions are available. Parents must transport their child to and from school. Before clicking on the link below to register, please read to the bottom to see what else is required. ATTENTIONStudents currently enrolled in our preschool program DO NOT need to complete this online registration process, whether they are attending another year of preschool or are moving on to Kindergarten.


Tuition Preschool In-person registration (along with Kindergarten registration) will be held at Cedar Mountain Primary School, 17 Sammis Road, Vernon, NJ on the following dates:

Monday, March 7, 2022 4:30 – 7:30pm
Tuesday, March 8, 2022 9:30 – 11:30am
Wednesday, March 9, 2022 4:30 – 7:30pm
Thursday, March 10, 2022 9:30 – 11:30am




NOTE: please be sure to select the correct school year when completing the online registration.


IMPORTANT: To register your child you will need the following:



All proof of residency forms need to be presented in accordance with New Jersey State Law in order to allow the registration of students into the Vernon Township School District.  The State of New Jersey specifies in code, the various forms of documentation that are acceptable as proof of residency.  At least two forms of documentation are required.  These include:

  1. Proof of Residency (submit at least one of the following):
  2. Deed
  3. Lease Agreement (current)
  4. Vernon Tax Records
  5. Current Mortgage Statement
  6. If you reside with an individual or family within Vernon Township, and the home is not in the name of the parent or guardian, you must contact Karen Dowd in the Board Office for completion of Affidavits.  Email kdowd@vtsd.com or call 973-764-8025.


  1. Proof of Residency (submit at least one of the following):
    1. Utility bill (within three months and must have current address)
    2. Drivers’ license indicating current address


SCHOOL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: The following documents are also required.

  1. Original Birth Certificate with seal
  2. Immunization records (See below)*
  3. Academic records  (if transferring from another district)
  4. Custodian/Guardianship Papers (if applicable)


* Immunization Records (Doctor’s certificate of immunization against the following):

DPT – 4 doses
Polio – 3 doses
MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubeola) – 1 dose (after 1st birthday
HIB – 2 doses (1 dose after 1st birthday)
Varicella – 1 dose (after 1st birthday)
Pneumococcal – 2 doses (1 dose after 1st birthday)
Influenza – for age up to 59 months to be received between 9/1 and 12/31 of each year (may begin school before receiving vaccine)


Note: A physical check-up from private medical doctor will also be needed prior to first day of school.


After you complete the on-line tuition preschool registration and upload the pertinent documents, a $50 deposit is required to hold your spot. There is a $3,500 yearly cost for tuition preschool, to be paid in monthly installments of $350 August through May (deducting the $50 deposit in May). Please note that space is limited. Placement is based on a first come first serve basis. You can send the $50 deposit (payable to Vernon Township Board of Education) to:

Walnut Ridge School

Tuition Preschool Registration

P.O. Box 190

Vernon, NJ  07462



  1. Upload documents when registering online HERE ARE SCREENSHOTS to assist with the document upload process.
  2. Email documents to kdowd@vtsd.com.
  3. Contact Karen Dowd at 973-764-8025 or kdowd@vtsd.com to arrange for document drop off in person at the Vernon Township Board of Education Offices.



  • THE REGISTRATION PROCESS: email jdicarlo@vtsd.com or call 973-764-2801.
  • PROOF OF RESIDENCY: to arrange for document drop off in person at the Vernon Township Board of Education Offices email kdowd@vtsd.com or call 973-764-8025.
  • IMMUNIZATIONS AND/OR PHYSICALS: email our nurse at kmuller@vtsd.com or call 973-764-6343.


Regular Schedule:

AM: 9:35-12:05
PM:  12:50-3:20
Full Day ABA : 9:35

Delayed Opening:

AM: 11:15-1:15
PM: 1:15-3:20
Full Day ABA 11:15-3:20

Early Dismissal (Scheduled)

AM: 9:35-11:35
PM: 11:30-1:30
Full Day ABA 9:35-1:30

Early Dismissal (unplanned due to weather)

AM: 9:35-12:05
PM: No School
Full Day ABA 9:35-12:05

Health Office


Kimberly Muller

During the course of the school year, your child will have a height and weight check, as well as a hearing/vision screening. If the results of the hearing/vision screening are not within the accepted normal range, parents/guardians will be notified. If your child appears to be having difficulty in these areas, please feel free to contact the nurse.

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Contact Us

Walnut Ridge Primary School 
625 Route 517; P.O. Box 190
Vernon, NJ 07462

GPS location:
625 County Rd 517
Sussex, NJ 07461


Vincent Gagliostro: Principal

Dana Cook: Building Coordinator



WR Preschool

Walnut Ridge Primary School provides a quality program using the Tools of the Mind Curriculum

Some Curriculum Highlights:

  • combines activities specifically designed to promote self-regulation with activities that focus on academic skills, while also giving children the opportunity to practice self-regulation/executive function skills;
  • ensures children meet state and national standards by emphasizing research-based activity content;
  • promotes mature play—make-believe in preschool to dramatization in kindergarten—which is the most beneficial context for young children to develop self-regulation, cognitive, and social-emotional skills.


Walnut Ridge Primary School


Our mission at Walnut Ridge Primary School is to recognize the uniqueness of each student and the importance of developing the whole child.

By creating a nurturing atmosphere in a child-centered educational environment, our students are encouraged to develop academically, artistically, emotionally, physically and socially.

We are committed to providing a developmentally appropriate model of education for the youngest students in the Vernon Township School District, which will foster a lifelong love of learning.


Tuition Payments

Payment Options

Monthly Payment for:Payment AmountMonthly Payment Due by:
September $350.00/$175.00August 1, 2022
October$350.00/$175.00September 1, 2022
November$350.00/$175.00October 1, 2022
December$350.00/$175.00November 1, 2022
January$350.00/$175.00December 1, 2022
February$350.00/$175.00January 1, 2023
March$350.00/$175.00February 1, 2023
April$350.00/$175.00March 1, 2023
May$350.00/$175.00April 1, 2023
June (less deposit)$350.00/$175.00May 1, 2023

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