Testimony from a preschool family (class of 2016):
“They say that when you walk into the right school for your child for the first time, you'll know. That was the case for us at ACT. When making our pre-pre K choice we toured many schools, sat in on classes, did a load of research online, and considered the input and experience of most every parent we knew and met. Through it all ACT remained at the top of our list, even though it meant a significant commute outside of our neighborhood...
Immediately we began to cultivate lasting relationships with teachers, administration, and other families. Month after month, we watched her thrive emotionally, socially, and intellectually. She was challenged at her level and encouraged to go beyond. Her passions grew as did her confidence. In the end, she was invited to attend one of the city's most prestigious programs for advanced learners next fall!
Thank you for getting to know us, for teaching us, guiding us, and supporting us. We are thrilled with our experience at ACT and firmly believe you laid down the stepping stones to pave us a path to some extremely exciting tomorrows…
…We firmly believe that we would not have been as prepared for the "New York Kindergarten experience" had we gone elsewhere….”
Ethan and Lori Kent: 2/11/16
ACT Summer Camp For Preschoolers
OUR LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine's 11 idyllic acres provide
a natural outlet for your child's curiosity and desire to
explore. With an emphasis on plant and animal life, children
study squirrels and peacocks living on the grounds, leaf samples,
worms, and classroom animals. They plant bulbs, tend to plants,
harvest vegetables, observe and draw flowers, recycle materials,
picnic, sled, and build snow people. In the classroom, students
continue to learn and take responsibility for their environment
through processes integral to the study of science: observation,
classification, communication, measurement, inference, and
prediction. Your child's exposure to the great, big, beautiful
world is an invaluable opportunity unique to A.C.T. Our cozy
classroom centers, decorated with children's artwork, dictated
stories, class-made graphs and charts, and illustrated songs
and poems, are conducive to creative learning and dramatic
play. Our other indoor facilities include a spacious kitchen
fit for baking projects and a fully matted gym perfect for
rainy days and winter weather. Equipped with slides, tunnels,
tricycles, scooters, ride-on toys, a balance beam, soft blocks,
balls of all kinds and sizes, hoops, hockey sticks, bowling
pins and more, our gym provides children with the "outdoorsy"
play they crave. The on-grounds playground features rubberized
surfaces, a sandbox, two climbers, and several standing spinners.
READINESS: Areas of Achievement
and the Process.
labeling, word cards,
name cards, writing control, progress from straight vertical
lines to more challenging lines.
directionality, storytelling, poetry, literacy
exploring different families, neighborhoods and the world
outdoor/indoor year-round gardening, study of animal
habitat and behavior, and other scientific concepts
counting using guesses and check
method, sorting, patterning, graphing
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine's 13 idyllic acres
make possible our unique encouragement of your child's curiosity
and desire to explore. Learning about the homes and habits
of the squirrels and peacocks living on the grounds, raking
leaves, digging for worms and making them a home, planting
bulbs, tending plants, harvesting vegetables, observing and
drawing the flowers of spring, gathering art materials from
nature, picnicking on lovely days, sledding and building snow
people in winter, are just some of the things we'll do as
your child learns about learning and the great big beautiful
cozy classrooms features a built-in loft for dramatic play
and blocks, and a child-sized bathroom and sink. Its walls
are covered with children's artwork and dictated stories,
class-made graphs and charts, and the illustrated songs and
poems that are sung and recited by the group. Conversation
flows during snack and lunch. Our kitchen is big enough for
the many cooking projects we'll be doing. The matted gym anticipates
the days when rain or cold keep us from the on-grounds playgrounds.
The gym is equipped with slides, tunnels, tricycles, scooters,
ride-on toys, a seesaw, balance beam, rocking boat, soft blocks,
balls of all kinds and sizes, hoops, hockey sticks, bowling
pins and more. So, rain or shine, your child will get the outdoor play she/he craves.
The on-grounds playground features rubberized surfaces, a
sandbox, two climbers, and several standing spinners.
THE PRESCHOOL CLASS
class limited to 12 - 15 children with a low teacher/child
ratio gives us the freedom and flexibility to respond to individual
needs and interests, and additionally, helps nurture the creation
of strong bonds and strong beginnings. At the beginning of
each day, children help choose and subsequently participate
in a wide range of games and activities, share important news,
sing, dance, review attendance and seasonal charts, and discuss
the day ahead. After lunch and rest (full-day students only),
stories and poems are reenacted and new dances and games are
learned, contributing to a continuous atmosphere of play critical
to early education and the making of friends. The day concludes
with the satisfying ritual of a Good-Bye Circle.
|WHAT WE STUDY
On--grounds explorations are enriched by the return to
the classroom where group discussions, observation charts,
organized games, art projects, song, dance, dramatic play,
and storytelling all play a significant role. Each child's
discoveries and insights are recorded; graphs and charts provide
chances to predict, compare, count, and measure; printed words
and pictures make songs and poems easier to remember; and
dictated stories enliven drawings and paintings. Additionally,
through literacy-based activities, children become familiar
with the mechanics of books, directionality, print, and pictures
as representations of ideas, word spacing, and sentence structure.
Regardless of progress and product, all children are encouraged,
and accomplishment is celebrated at all levels. With the help
of our parents, children participate in inter-generational
activities with the elderly, take trips to the local library,
and visit willing family members at work. We invite parents
to share their special hobbies and skills, a favorite book
or song, and/or family customs in their native language. We
also partner with the Meet the MET program, which exposes
our teachers to materials and classroom strategies related
to object-based learning.
SCHOOLS OUR GRADUTES ATTENDED IN THE PAST:
Private Schools: NY International School, Cathedral School, Dalton, Calhoun, St. Hilda & St. Hugh, Mandel, Bankstreet, Ascension, Manhattan Country, West End Collegiate, Columbia The School, Dwight, Metro Montessori,
Public Schools: Hunter Elementry School, The Music School, Manhattan School for Children, Central Park East 1 &2, Gifted and Talented schools and other dual language and G&T schools. Public Schools--- 75, 165, 87, 166, 199, 9.
|Committed to a first come, first
served admissions policy, ACT accepts registrations until
the class fills. Plan to come for an in-class visit before
signing up. There is no better way to know if a school
is right for your child. We don't
require testing as a prerequisite.
||Our limited financial aid is used to promote economic
diversity and only applies to full time preschool candidates.
Awards are made on a first come, first served basis. Register
early if you plan to apply for aid.
Calendar for the days ACT is closed.
Registration form available
Call for more information at (212) 316-7530.
: Summer Camp
camp in August