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Shostakovisch School

297 Avenue X
Brooklyn, NY 11223

(718) 376-8056


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Students enrolled in the Shostakovich School are encouraged to achieve their potential and to experience the satisfaction that comes from the studying and mastering of the arts. Children involved in Shostakovich School interact with their own peer group in arts and crafts, dance and music, and a variety of group activities. Children also have an opportunity to develop their own unique personalities, to undertake independent study or tutorials in accordance with their personal interests.

A Typical Day

Morning Meeting

Free Play


Storybook Reading

Science Investigations

Art Free Play

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

1. Open School Night

2. Parent-teacher conferences

3. Weekly newsletters are sent homeMost public schools are subject to zoning rules. The child has to go to a specific school depending on the current address. We advise students to take SIGNA test to be enrolled into classes for intellectually gifted kids. Also we provide guidance when it comes to private schools.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

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


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

Handling Separation: From the Director

A lot of our students are enrolled into day care classes from a very young age. They are looking forward to going to pre-school. For the new students we provide extra attention, parents attend Open School Night with children, and parents attend classes with their children. Children are allowed (and encouraged) to bring a favorite toy to school and photographs of the family.