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Rabbi Arthur Schneier Park East Day School

164 East 68th Street
New York, NY 10021

(212) 737-6900


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught "Designed to challenge and excite your child at each stage of their development, materials are presented sequentially at the developmentally appropriate level for each age group and for each child. Our Early Childhood Curriculum includes:  Art activities (in our art studio with two art teachers)  Manipulatives  Dramatic play  Reading and Literacy  Sand/Water Play  Mathematics  Music and Movement  Science  Cooking  Chess" (SOURCE:

From the Director:

"Throughout the sequence of development, Jewish values, customs and traditions are integrated into the curriculum, and the children develop an understanding of and take pride in their Jewish heritage. The program revolves around the Jewish holidays and identification with the State of Israel. Our International Curriculum is already introduced in Early Childhood, and children are helped to appreciate food, music, dance and stories from countries around the world." (SOURCE:

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At the core of a Park East Day School education is the encouragement of self-expression, the development of self-confidence in one’s intelligence, the ability to interact and function successfully, collaboratively and kindly in a peer group---and underlying all is a deep cultivation and pride in Jewish tradition and identity.

General and Jewish studies are seamlessly integrated by the bridging philosophy that knowledge and intelligence are not enough alone, but that these qualities must be applied and practiced within the best Jewish tradition of ethics, honesty and excellence.

Park East Day School teachers and administrators dedicate themselves to developing young people who will become morally responsible, deep reasoning citizens who will contribute to the American Jewish community, to Israel, and to American society.

Park East is a joyful school, a place where children are inspired by their teachers and embraced everywhere by menschlikeit, where children learn to love Jewish holidays and traditions celebrated with music and song, daily.


Home-School Connection

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
  • 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:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year