School Information

U.S. Wiggins College Preparatory Lab Family School (WCPLFS) first opened its doors as Bergen Square School in 1967 and was later named for Dr. Ulysses Simpson Wiggins, a prominent Camden City physician and civil rights activist. In September 2010, the school was renamed U.S. Wiggins College Preparatory Lab School to reflect its on-going transformation into a school where adults and children work side-by-side, elbow-to-elbow, solving problems, developing questions, and engaging in intellectual conversations about content and ideas.

In September 2012, the school was expanded to include 7th and 8th grades and is now a “family” school. WCPLFS is a place where everyone is a learner – getting smarter and wiser every day.

The school services students from Preschool thru Eighth Grade. It is an exemplary, educational institution, where innovative teaching techniques are utilized to help students understand concepts, so they may learn to cope with the changing world around them. It provides a well-rounded, rigorous, child-centered learning environment for all of its students. We have before and after school enrichment programs to provide additional opportunities for enhancing learning. Extracurricular activities are provided so that we have well rounded students. There is also an emphasis on the arts. Technology is a large component of our learning process and students are engaged in technology related activities on a daily basis.

Educators, parents and community members work on a united front to secure the highest academic, social and technological opportunities for all students as they master the Common Core State Standards. Parents receive regular communication and reports regarding their child’s progress. WCPLFS has an active PTO (Parent, Teacher and Organization) that meets regularly to encourage parent involvement and increase student achievement. We also have parent coaches who work with the school to help ensure that all of our students are learning.

We are proud that we are “Moving Our Students From Pre-K to B.A.” by setting our students on the pathway to success in high school, college, and beyond.