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The Brownstone School

128 W 80th St
New York, NY 10024

(212) 827-1341


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Brownstone provides enough time for free play and for the children to form friendships but most of the day is structured in some way.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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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
  • Games, activities for Math
Time & space more

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

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • Walks outside
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Music Instructor, CD Player
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Other art materials
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 Brownstone teaches Spanish Language skills through works both verbally and written and song.

From the Director:

Brownstone has an excellent balanced curriculum and realizes each child's ability.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The ratio is such that children needing extra help in a particular area, will receive it.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

A 'Love of Learning' is something the school strives for in each child.

A Typical Day

A typical day will start out with:
-Free play
-Circle time when the teacher talks about the calendar and the weather.
-From there, they may go on to learn pre-reading or pre-math skills.
-They may go on a mid morning walk and talk about the weather and their neighborhood.
-Later in the morning they'll participate in language, art, movement, games and have an adult read. Parents are often guest readers.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Two parent/teacher meetings per year, and approximately two meetings with the director. The director is available for questions or concerns any time.

Several seminars are also available each year on the on-going school process, and child development and behavior issues.
The director provides excellent guidance and works closely with the teachers and parents to determine which path is the best for each child and family.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • 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
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

All three teachers visit each child's home and there is at least one social event before the start of the school year. The first week consists of short days. Parents are welcome to stay in class but teachers encourage a healthy separation as soon as it seems comfortable for the child.