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The International Preschools-76th Street

120 W. 76th Street
New York, NY 10028

Phone:
(212) 371-8604

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

From the Director:

"Each age group is offered an appropriate curriculum that includes language development, creative expression, scientific exploration, quantitative reasoning, music, creative movement and physical development. Our curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through play. Play is the serious work of young children. That is how they learn to understand the world. To carry out this philosophy, all our classrooms are divided into learning centers. Each day, children are given opportunities to self-select their activities in order to develop a sense of independence as learners and thinkers. Our curriculum is designed to meet individual needs and interests so that each child can work to his or her full potential. Therefore, the materials provided are open-ended so that each and every child can gain a sense of success each and every time. The Creche and Toddler programs stress socialization skills. A gradual separation from parents or caretakers takes place as the children gain independence in the activities of daily living. Active exploration of the classrooms and materials form the core of the program. In the Nursery progams for three and four year olds, the curriculum is designed to meet individual needs and interests so that each child can work to his or her full potential. Children are provided with a solid academic foundation through hands-on play experiences. Exposing children to open ended pre-math and pre-reading concepts leads them towards a lifelong love and excitement about learning and gives them the confidence to move to the next stage of cognitive development when they're ready. In the Kindergarten, children participate in a variety of developmentally appropriate individual and group activities that expand their knowledge and understanding of the world as well as their self confidence." (SOURCE: www.ipsnyc.org web-site)

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The International Preschools provides children and their families from all over the world an opportunity to share their cultures and gain a sense of international awareness through mutual understanding and respect. All children are individuals with unique qualities and interests.

Our developmentally based curriculum is designed to build on each child's strengths. Through play, we seek to promote the cognitive, emotional, social and physical growth of each child within a nurturing atmosphere.

The cornerstone of our curriculum is a commitment to help children develop self esteem while encouraging independence and emphasizing concern and respect for one another." (SOURCE: www.ipsnyc.org web-site)

A Typical Day

"In the Nursery programs for three and four year olds, the curriculum is designed to meet individual needs and interests so that each child can work to his or her full potential. Children are provided with a solid academic foundation through hands-on play experiences. Exposing children to open ended pre-math and pre-reading concepts leads them towards a lifelong love and excitement about learning and gives them the confidence to move to the next stage of cognitive development when they're ready." (SOURCE: www.ipsnyc.org web-site)

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Procedure for Applying to Your Child's Next School For September 2006 Admissions Fall 2005

1. If you did not attend the Workshop on April 21, 2005, you should contact Ms. Shimada in the main office, (212) 371-8604 ext. 10, and request the ongoing school packet of materials, which was distributed at that meeting. You may also borrow a videotape of the meeting. A good summary of the admissions process for independent (private) schools is available on the ISAAGNY Web site. Here are some other useful Web sites: The Parents League of New York (association of parents and independent schools) Educational Records Bureau (ERB Testing) NYC Department of Education Inside Schools (independent guide to NYC public schools)

2. Make an appointment to discuss your ongoing school plans with one of the following people: Valerie Kennedy, Director (ext. 11) Liane Pei, Ongoing Schools Advisor (ext. 33) Lynne Mueller, Education Director and Liaison for Public Schools (ext. 20)

3. Call schools in which you are interested and request applications.

4. Watch the bulletin boards at your child's location for announcements of open houses at both public and private schools.

5. Register for the ERB (Educational Records Bureau) test, which is necessary for almost all the private schools, by completing the form distributed in the fall or by calling the ERB office at (212) 672-9800. Winter 2006 Notification: See notification dates and reply deadlines on the ISAAGNY Web site." (SOURCE: www.ipsnyc.org web-site)

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up

Separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

"The Creche and Toddler programs stress socialization skills. A gradual separation from parents or caretakers takes place as the children gain independence in the activities of daily living. Active exploration of the classrooms and materials form the core of the program. In the Nursery programs for three and four year olds, the curriculum is designed to meet individual needs and interests so that each child can work to his or her full potential. Children are provided with a solid academic foundation through hands-on play experiences. Exposing children to open ended pre-math and pre-reading concepts leads them towards a lifelong love and excitement about learning and gives them the confidence to move to the next stage of cognitive development when they're ready."Procedure for Applying to Your Child's Next School For September 2006 Admissions Fall 2005 1. If you did not attend the Workshop on April 21, 2005, you should contact Ms. Shimada in the main office, (212) 371-8604 ext. 10, and request the ongoing school packet of materials, which was distributed at that meeting. You may also borrow a videotape of the meeting. A good summary of the admissions process for independent (private) schools is available on the ISAAGNY Web site. Here are some other useful Web sites: The Parents League of New York (association of parents and independent schools) Educational Records Bureau (ERB Testing) NYC Department of Education Inside Schools (independent guide to NYC public schools) 2. Make an appointment to discuss your ongoing school plans with one of the following people: Valerie Kennedy, Director (ext. 11) Liane Pei, Ongoing Schools Advisor (ext. 33) Lynne Mueller, Education Director and Liaison for Public Schools (ext. 20) 3. Call schools in which you are interested and reques (SOURCE: www.ipsnyc.org web-site)