Focus On The Child School Middle School

by NYC Private Schools on 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 staff seek to deliver a rigorous academic program. Core curriculum classes include:

  • English
  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Technology
  • Home and Career Skills
  • Physical Education
  • Health Education
  • The Arts
  • Foreign Languages

In addition to the core learning objectives, teachers and staff also deal with emotional and psychological issues. Development often includes dealing with low self-esteem, anxiety, social insecurities, and behavioral difficulties.

Preparation for high school often requires dealing with emotional and psychological health issues to help middle school children deal with their natural insecurities in a healthy way. The focus is on improving their self-esteem so that they become better students in middle school and high school and to increase their chances for success in life. Students often go on to some of the best vocational and talent-based high schools.

Students at The Child School also have a variety of co-curricular activities available to them. These include band, chorus, athletics, computer technology, foreign language clubs, gardening, flash animation, ice skating, Legos, and more.



Focus On The Child School Elementary Program

by NYC Private Schools on 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 are monitored daily by faculty, teachers, administrators, psychologists, and therapists. All teachers are certified in general and special education practices. When necessary, students receive remedial and individualized education to meet their learning needs.

Curriculum subjects include reading, math, readiness skills, language arts, fine and motor skill development, science, social studies, critical thinking, computers and technology, living and study skills, music, drama, feelings, and visual arts.

The art class teaches students that art is intrinsically human and global. Students learn to serve one another and learn about other cultures.

In music, students learn to get in touch with their inner voice. Students who want to develop beyond the classroom have extra-curricular activities such as performance ensembles and musical instrument training that they can participate in.

Physical education consists of four key areas:

  1. Skill building
  2. Socialization
  3. Teamwork and sportsmanship
  4. Adaptive physical education


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.

The focus in the Judaics curriculum is on biblical obligations and social justice within the Jewish world.

Students learn to read Hebrew fluently and become familiar with the liturgical services of Shabbat and Jewish holidays. The reading of the Torah is central to the study of Hebrew for all age groups.

In kindergarten, Shabbat is the central focus. Students explore the rituals of Shabbat and learn how families celebrate in their lives. First graders explore Shabbat deeper and become familiar with the synagogue. They also learn Hebrew letter recognition.

The theme for second graders is gemilut hasadim, or acts of loving kindness. Students learn the Jewish roots of mitzvot, which include visiting the sick and caring for planet earth.

The first in-depth study of the Torah begins in third grade. Faculty take them through a study of the book of Genesis and learn the Torah stories through that study. Students dress up and act out their favorite characters in the Torah and explore Midrash.

Fourth graders explore Torah studies through art, drama, and creative writing. They continue to study Genesis and get into Exodus, as well.

Fifth graders delve into rabbinic literature and learn about the structure of and content of the Mishnah and the Talmud. Sixth-grade students study the Jewish life cycle. They get into the deep weeds of each life cycle event and explore the reasoning behind them. Rabbi Roy Matalon teaches a mini-course on tefillin.

In the seventh grade, students study the Holocaust and Jewish history. They explore tough questions on morality through Jewish ethics. They also get a two-part course on Jewish theology.



Focus On B’Nai Jeshurun Hebrew School Early Childhood Program

by NYC Private Schools on 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 introduce them to Hebrew worship at a young age. The program is structured around several key areas called

  • Bim Bam – This is a structured time on Friday mornings that consists of pre-Shabbat music, movement, and mitzvah classes for children 3 and under.
  • Tot Shabbat – On the first Friday of every month, children 6 and under meet with their families and educators (usually a rabbi) for a kid-friendly Kabbalat Shabbat service. The service includes singing and dancing. Afterwards there is a dinner.
  • Shabbat Morning Children’s Services - Once a week there is an age-appropriate Shabbat service. Bim Bam is for children 3 and under, Mini-Minyan is for nursery school and pre-kindergarten students, and Minyan Bet Tefillah is for kindergarten through second grade. Shabbat Discovery is a service for children of all ages. Parents are welcome to stay with the children during the services.
  • PJ Library – Sponsored by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, this program sends free books and music home with students. It is an award-winning program that has become a vital piece of early childhood education at B’Nai Jeshurun Hebrew School.
  • Family Events – These include Kiddush, Purim plays, and Bim Bam sessions in the spring.

For more information on B’Nai Jeshurun Hebrew School early childhood program, visit the school’s website.



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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Focus On Lyceum Kennedy Japanese School

July 14, 2014

Lyceum Kennedy follows the international school model and has two bilingual components – a Japanese school and a French school. The Japanese component of Lyceum Kennedy includes an infant class and a preschool that admits children 3.4 to 5 years old. The school’s emphasis is on building leadership while educating children to grow in their […]

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Focus On Big Apple Academy Junior High School

July 13, 2014

Big Apple Academy in Brooklyn, New York City has earned for itself a solid reputation as a school with a focused and rigorous academic curriculum. A relatively new school in the private school landscape of New York City, it was incorporated in 1992 as a K-8 school and expanded into a K-12 academy in 2010. […]

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Focus On The Lycée Français de New York Secondary School

July 12, 2014

The Lycée Français de New York is a Manhattan-based French school that begins teaching its students French as early as preschool. Initially, students learn in a bilingual setting but are studying only in French by the end of primary school. In secondary school, students pick up where they left off in the early grades and […]

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Our Lady Queen of Peace Elementary School

July 11, 2014

In Staten Island, Our Lady Queen of Peace Parochial School offers a traditional Catholic education alongside a traditional academic curriculum as it prepares young children for high school. Programs include early childhood, preschool, and elementary school programs. The Our Lady Queen of Peace Elementary School consists of first grade through eighth grade. Each grade level […]

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