West Side Preschool was established in 1989 without affiliation with a particular denomination or religious sect although the school meets on Manhattan’s Upper West Side in a landmark church building.
The school’s mission is to help children be more confident and become independent learners. Faculty assist young children to grow emotionally, socially, and intellectually. Work is also forged on listening skills and respect for all people. Students are also taught to use their verbal and cognitive skills to resolve conflict and to view school as a fun place to grow and learn.
One of the hallmarks of the West Side Preschool is what happens to children after they graduate and move on to elementary school. West Side Preschool has an exmissions process to help make it a smooth transition for every student.
Students of West Side Preschool move on to some of the best elementary schools in New York City including:
- Manhattan School for Children
- St. Hilda’s & St. Hughes
- Bank Street School for Children
- Ethical Culture
- Horace Mann
- Riverdale Country Day School
- Rodeph Shalom
just to name a few.
Classrooms at West Side Preschool are set up in a mixed-age manner with children ages 2.9 to 4.9 involved. Students from a variety of cultures are admitted and faculty allow students to learn at different rates. Respect for each child’s individuality is always given.