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Le Jardin A L'Ouest

164 West 83rd Street
New York, NY 10024

(212) 362-2658


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The directors envision the process of education as similar to the planting and nurturing of a garden. Like flowers, children need the love and careful tending of the devoted gardener. And like the gardener, the teacher plans, studies, prepares the physical environment, and provides the elements, or materials to be acted upon by children, as their needs change and as they develop, both as individuals, and as a group. It is a philosophy based on faith, on common sense, and on the strong belief that every child, like a seed, has the potential to flourish, and bloom under the proper conditions.

TO LET A CHILD BE A CHILD In a world dominated by educational fads and trends, young children are often pressured into faster growth, into acting and thinking in an adult mode. Early academic learning may be too abstract for many children, and may not be timely or appropriate for their stage of development. As a result, undeserved stress may be experienced and children may rebel, become passive, or develop a lasting distrust for later learning. Le Jardin is an environment where children are encouraged to learn at their own pace, to explore relationships with new children and adults, and to interpret their own understanding of the world. Play is the natural vehicle through which a positive attitude, a healthy self-esteem and learning can emerge." Extracted from

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • 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