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Highway Nursery School

1387 East 37th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11210

Phone:
(718) 338-7775

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Highway Nursery School adheres to the child development approach, teaching the whole child, with special consideration of physical, cognitive, social, emotional and moral domains of child development. We believe that each of these domains affect the others, and that children must be provided with experiences which foster this interrelatedness. The teachers in our school adapt the curriculum to individual needs, and the learning styles of each child, all of whom are encouraged to pursue their own interests and to work at their own pace. Diversity is celebrated at our school, and family involvement is recognized as critical to the maximum development of each child. Above all, Highway Nursery recognizes that children need to feel valued, supported and safe in order to insure maximum progress.

A Typical Day

Children come upstairs and sit down for the welcoming song. They then have center time in which they have their choice of activities. That is followed by time on the playground or gym. The children come back upstairs, wash their hands, and have snack. They do show and tell before they go home.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We give out weekly 'Here's What's Happening' sheets and monthly newsletters. We see our parents at drop off and pick up and we can share day to day comments at that time.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Parents are advised to follow their child's cues. If the child is waving goodbye, we recommend that the parent wave as well. If a child is more hesitant, we recommend that the parent stay in the classroom until the child is more comfortable.