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The Garden Road School

99 Baron de Hirsch Rd
Crompond, NY 10517

(914) 526-4033


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

We believe in experiential learning, giving the children opportunities to learn through doing and playing.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We have small class sizes and a wonderful teacher to student ratio. Each student receives all the attention they need to develop along their path.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At The Garden Road, we believe that each child is unique. Our goal as educators is to provide a safe and secure ecology where the natural brilliance of each child can be expressed without hindrance. This invitation is open to children of all nationalities and religious backgrounds, as we are all an integral part of the rich tapestry of human life.

Education is meant to be a joyous experience, even when challenging, and therefore we encourage the fun of learning. Children are naturally curious and willing; the curriculum and environment of The Garden Road are designed to keep the many pathways of learning open in each child. Children at The Garden Road are not measured in comparison with their peers, but through the careful notation of each child’s natural tendencies.

A Typical Day

The four year old (pre-K) program meets five mornings a week, from 9am-12pm. Each morning begins in the kitchen, where the children work at centers, on things like puzzles, fine motor, art or craft projects etc. When they finish up all three centers, they move to the big room to play. At the end of free play the children clean up, and we have circle time. After circle time we do some kind of special activity - music, dance, art, body education etc. Then it's time for snack. After snack comes curriculum time, and the children continue learning about the current thematic lump - for example handwriting readiness, or the human body, or history. After curriculum time we all head outside to play until pickup time.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The teachers of each class write emails to the parents periodically giving updates of class activities. In addition, teachers are always available for quick updates at dropoff and pickup. There are two parent-teacher meetings, for 30 minutes each, scheduled during the year for each student.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We work with each parent/child pair and find a solution that works. Strategies we use include having the parent stay for a little while, having the child bring a comfort item to school, having the child come early or late to avoid the busy dropoff time, and lots of comforting for all concerned!