Back to Ossining Preschools

Torbank Community Nursery Schl

108 Pinesbridge Rd
Ossining, NY 10562

(914) 941-1563


1 parent took the survey TAKE THE SURVEY

Torbank was founded in 1956 by a small group of women with a common vision. A vision of parents and teachers working togehter to give their children the best possible pre-school experience.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led, Co-op

From the Director:

Torbanks's staff will give your child the opportunity to grow independently, encouages self expression, and will promote independent and group interaction. Their goal is to give your child the best possible preschool experience.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

All children are treated as individuals and we believe that unstructured, imaginative play is crucial to learning. In the classroom social and emotional skills are nurtured and developed that will last your child a lifetime. We provide small group experiences, and individual as well, in all areas of the classroom.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our program offers an environment where our students can experience the world with enthusiasm and interest. Torbank's students learn to express themselves through art, music, and language.

A Typical Day

A typical day may include the following but is not limited only to these areas: Discussion time, Free Play, Story Time, Music, Outdoor and Indoor Play, Snacktime, Clean-Up Time, Specials.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Our staff offers parent teacher conferences twice during the academic year and encourages daily communication. Monthly newsletters are sent each month to keep parents up to date on classrooms activities and other events in the 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
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • 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
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Seperation is handled on an individual basis with teacher and parent working together to help the child have a comfortable transition.