Neighborhood School

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  • Review from the 2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool Survey

    This public school is in District 1 which is unzoned so eligible for applicants outside of Manhattan. It has a nice diverse mix of families and many from Brooklyn. The program is project-based learning and there is a lot of focus on social/emotional development. In pre-k there is a focus on creating a plan to make imaginative play happen. For example if a child wants to play restaurant the teacher will ask what supplies a restaurant might need or ask what positions friends in the class might work at in the restaurant. There is a lot of opportunity for hands-on activities. This year we had parents come in to cook different recipes; to help create a light garden and transplant seedlings to the school garden; and also to pick up fertilized chicken eggs at a farm in NJ to hatch in an incubator in the classroom. There was one teacher, two paras provided by the school as well as a student teacher in our pre-k room this. So much loving support, it makes my heart ache every pre-k can't be like this. BTW: Hands-down this school has one of the best science teachers in elementary school (Emily) and science is an all-year subject for pre-k. We would absolutely send our child here again if we had to do it over again. DETAILS: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What you would change: I wouldn't change anything about this program and I have an older child. This is a well run, organized, focused and empathetic pre-k program.
  • Review from the 2018/2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey

    The adults here are empathetic, understanding and observant. My son's pre-k teacher is very creative! The class is currently engaged in a shadow study which, over several weeks, has had students using flashlights, talking about the sun and how it moves, and exploring the playground outside to find their shadows. (Clue: Some days the shadows aren't there!) Also, they are making life-sized cardboard cutouts of their shadows and painting them! TNS is a school with project-based learning. My son's pre-k classroom has no less than six different types of blocks to build with, and there is a ton of time for creative play. I love the focus on emotional health here. Most of all, pre-k students go outside twice a day, everyday. The gym teacher, Teddy, has blown me away with the creativity he's incorporated into "physical education". Our science teacher has had the pre-k students in the garden searching for worms, seeds, plant parts and other "beautiful things" as my son says. The school's curriculum incorporates social justice and parents are a welcome part of the community. We have friends from Brooklyn and Queens in our pre-k! The one thing my son doesn't like is nap time, and we were able to discuss this with the teacher during parent/teacher conferences. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What would you change? There isn't anything I would change!