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Trevor Day School

11 East 89th Street
New York, NY 10128

(212) 426-3300


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

From the Director:

"Trevor takes pride in its innovative program and ever-expanding and evolving curriculum offerings. Almost on a daily basis, the faculty and administrators are asked to reflect upon and re-evaluate the curriculum for mission consistency, effectiveness, validity and meaning in light of a swiftly evolving world. The faculty is given room to experiment within the of the Mission, Vision and Values, paying particular attention to the individual needs of students. Student access to teachers allows us to carefully evaluate the impact of the curriculum on every student." (SOURCE:

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
Time & space more

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

From the Director:

"The Nursery children spend most of their time in their nurturing homeroom environment, where they play out dramatic scenarios in the dress-up corner, use paint and glue, make constructions, and enjoy music and movement activities. Teachers develop curriculum emerging from the children's play. They are visited in their rooms by the music teacher and the foreign language teacher. They go to the gym for Physical Education with the P.E. teacher, and spend time every day on the play roof. ? Beginning in PreKindergarten, children work with more teachers during the day: music and physical education, library, art, and foreign languages (French and then Spanish). While part of their day includes many of the choices they enjoyed in Nursery, there is more time spent now in focussed work such as studying patterns, investigating one of their five senses, or developing ideas to show how we are all alike and all different. Teachers design developmentally appropriate curriculum based on the interests of the children." (SOURCE:

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The Early Childhood curriculum is designed to be developmentally appropriate and meaningful to young students. To be engaged, children need to be on the edge of their understanding and level of competence. They all learn and work at different rates and do not stay interested and focused for the same amounts of time. Our curriculum is designed to challenge and interest children at different levels. We see children as active learners who need many opportunities to have hands-on experiences in an environment that is structured to support their learning. Therefore, the structure of the day differs for each grade within the division." (SOURCE:

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

nullTrevor is an ongoing school.

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