Focus On Mary McDowell Upper School

by NYC Private Schools on July 28, 2014

The Mary McDowell Center for Learning is a Quaker school for children with learning disabilities. As such, they have a program for elementary school students, middle school students, and high school students.

The upper school program at Mary McDowell Center for Learning focuses on students from grades nine to twelve.

The school is located at 23 Sydney Place in Brooklyn. The school opened this location in September 2011 and is currently redesigning the school to meet the current and future needs of its students and faculty. Faculty have a vision to make the school’s upper school program a state-of-the-art facility that meets all the needs of the student body during the school year.

Facilities at the upper school include:

  • Large classrooms
  • Science labs
  • A theater
  • Quaker meeting space
  • Gymnasium
  • Student commons area
  • Lunch room
  • An art room
  • A music room
  • A weight room
  • And administrative offices

When the upper school building opened, school faculty sent a letter to parents that read

Sidney Place is a quiet, tree-lined street in Brooklyn Heights, the historic neighborhood nearest to the southern tip of Manhattan. The site includes two buildings, a former parochial school and an adjacent rectory, with a courtyard in between. This is an ideal location for a number of reasons. First, like our Summit Street building, it has spacious classrooms with exceptionally high ceilings and abundant windows. Next, it is a short walk to Borough Hall, which is a hub for most subway lines entering and leaving the borough. Many restaurants for off-campus lunch are also nearby. Furthermore, the site is a short walk to the Bergen Street building and a moderate one to Summit Street.

The Mary McDowell upper school continues the same level of excellence in education as its lower school and middle school.



Focus On Aaron School Elementary Program

by NYC Private Schools on July 27, 2014

Aaron School is a Manhattan-based pkindergarten through twelfth grade program with a very rich curriculum. The school was founded in 2002, which makes it still new enough that you can get your children in the door without too long a wait.

Focusing on special needs children, Aaron School combines therapeutic teaching practices with academics.

The elementary school curriculum is based on the New York State Common Core Standards. Faculty and teaching staff try to build students’ self-esteem through building up their skills in the necessary academic subjects.

Reading lessons take place in the morning and math in the afternoon. Placed in small groups based on similar skill or ability, children learn to socialize with others who are not of the same age group and learn to respect each other’s differences. The reading program is based on the Wilson Fundations program, Sounds in Motion, and Lindamood-Bell. The math curriculum is styled after Saxon and Stern.

Classrooms are designed around content areas. In the literary section, students undertake creative writing projects, build language skills, and study social studies.

To add balance to the academic environment, faculty emphasize enrichment. Studies consist of computers, art, music, library studies, and adaptive physical education. Students are encouraged to explore their innate talents and individual strengths.

Technology is also incorporated into curriculum with ease. Students are able to focus on their teacher with the Phonic Ear FM System. Smart Board technology is also used.

Students enrolled in the Aaron School elementary program enter into a nurturing environment designed to help them grow.



Focus On Legacy High School

by NYC Private Schools on July 26, 2014

The Child School is a school for children with learning disabilities located on Roosevelt Island. With programs for kindergarteners through twelfth grade, they have managed great success with their rigorous academic program. The high school is called Legacy High School.

Legacy High School has a strong program for students in grades 9 through 12.

Kicked off in 1996, the school is a state-approved non-public high school. Besides academic support, the school offers emotional and other support services for children with learning disabilities.

Students at Legacy High School excel in many areas. At WorldQuest, an academic competition, the school placed second, beating other high profile schools such as Stuyvesant and Bronx High School of Science. The graduation rate at Legacy High School is 94%, well above the rate of New York City students overall. 84% of the students graduate with a Regents Diploma. These students go on to enroll in competitive colleges and universities nationwide.

Students at Legacy High School receive a core curriculum and additional classes that include:

  • English/Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Physical Education
  • Health
  • Foreign Language
  • Social Studies
  • Journalism
  • Greek Mythology
  • Home Economics/Food and Nutrition
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Technology
  • Art and Music
  • Junior and Senior Planning
  • Yearbook

Students can also take electives and participate in internships. Electives include participation on the school newspaper, WorldQuest, videography, Spanish, Green Team, library assistantships, and some of the above-mentioned classes.

A student government is in place and students are encouraged to participate. Athletics and co-curricular activities are also available.

Athletics offered at Legacy High School include soccer, basketball, softball, and track.



Focus On Epiphany Elementary School Math Curriculum

by NYC Private Schools on July 25, 2014

Epiphany Elementary School, located in Manhattan, offers an educational program for students nursery school through eighth grade. The school uses two campuses and require students to wear uniforms. The math curriculum offers a challenging and rigorous academic regimen for all students.

Students in lower grades are introduced to learning concepts that form the foundation of their mathematical knowledge. Instruction is focused on computation.

Another important aspect of the math curriculum is teaching students to think logically and critically. The end goal is to make them independent problem solvers. To that end, students in grades 1 through 3 focus on manipulatives that help them to learn how to solve concrete problems in the real world.

Students from fourth through eighth grades build skills that lead to a proficiency in using mathematical tools. They focus on learning computation, reading, and analysis.

Faculty use a cyclical educational approach to reinforce the learning concepts. Students learn problem solving strategies and reality-based mathematical applications that take them forward and prepare them for upper grades. Students work in groups, test methodologies, devise math strategies, evaluate results, and revise plans of action.

In grades 6 through 8, students are placed in regular math classes or advanced classes depending on their skills. Advanced eighth graders are recommended for an accelerated math program that introduces them to ninth-grade algebra.

Classes are kept small to increase one-on-one and small group time.



Focus On The Child School Middle School

July 24, 2014

The Child School is a school for children with learning disabilities located on Roosevelt Island. With programs for elementary school students, middle school, and high school, the staff have a program for each grade level from kindergarten through twelfth grade. The middle school curriculum is geared to children in grades six through eight. Faculty and […]

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Focus On The Child School Elementary Program

July 23, 2014

Nestled on Roosevelt Island’s Main Street is The Child School, a school centered on the intellectual and emotional development of children with learning disabilities. The Child School Elementary School provides an educational experience for children in kindergarten and through grade 5. Started in 1973, the school offers a rich curriculum, athletics, and co-curricular activities. Students […]

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Focus On B’Nai Jeshurun Hebrew School Lower And Middle Curriculums

July 23, 2014

B’Nai Jeshurun Hebrew School is a Jewish school in Manhattan that is more than a school. They offer support and academic services for young children and their families as well as school age children of all ages. The faculty are serious about providing an educational experience designed to acquaint students with Hebrew history and culture. […]

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Focus On B’Nai Jeshurun Hebrew School Early Childhood Program

July 22, 2014

Just off Broadway on West 89th Street in Manhattan is a Hebrew school committed to the growth of children from the earliest ages to high school. B’Nai Jeshurun Hebrew School offers education for children and support for families within a Jewish environment. The early childhood education department is designed for families with young children to […]

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Focus On Harlem Academy Middle School

July 21, 2014

Harlem Academy sits in the heart of Manhattan and offers a unique curriculum for students in lower and middle schools. The middle school is designed to help students learn good study habits that will help them succeed academically in future grades. Many students learn to study so well that they end up developing their own […]

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Focus On Harlem Academy Lower School

July 20, 2014

Harlem Academy is a unique school located in Manhattan with very strict standards of admittance. The majority of students who apply are not accepted. The school offers a lower school and a middle school. The lower school offers a rigorous ethical culture. Students encounter challenges that help build their confidence. Classes begin at 8:10 a.m., […]

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Focus On Lyceum Kennedy French-Am High School

July 19, 2014

The international school is one of the most unique educational models on the planet. There are a few examples in New York City alone. One of those is Lyceum Kennedy. Within the Lyceum Kennedy framework there is a Japanese school and a French-American school. Both are bilingual schools with specific language training in their respective […]

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Focus On Lyceum Kennedy French-Am Middle School

July 18, 2014

French-speaking students in Manhattan can get an international school education like no other at Lyceum Kennedy. The school has a French school and a Japanese school component. The French American school is further divided into preschool, elementary school, middle school, and high school with a transition class for non-French speaking students. The curriculum at the […]

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Focus On Lyceum Kennedy French-Am Elementary School

July 17, 2014

Lyceum Kennedy, though following the international school model, is a unique school even by Manhattan and New York City standards. Offering a Japanese model as well as a French American school, the curriculum for each is bilingual and centered around the respective culture it represents. In the case of the French American School, the school […]

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Focus On Lyceum Kennedy French-Am Preschool

July 16, 2014

Lyceum Kennedy is a unique school in the Manhattan borough of New York City. The French American school represents only half of what the school stands for. The other half is the Japanese school. The French American School at Lyceum Kennedy has a preschool component, an elementary school component, and a high school. There is […]

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Focus On Lyceum Kennedy French American School

July 15, 2014

Lyceum Kennedy follows the international school model with a Japanese component and a French American school component. The French American School offers a rigorous international school curriculum from nursery school through high school. The model for the school is the French educational system. Cycle 1 includes nursery school, preschool, and kindergarten. Cycle 2, also known […]

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