How do I apply?
To apply, please click here and visit our application process page for more information.
Is Financial Aid Available?
Financial Aid is available for Kindergarten-5th Grade students. For the 2015-2016 School Year, over 50% of our students in the Lower School will receive aid. Additionally, the Parent Association raises money for a Lower School Diversity Scholarship and a Hardship fund for the Infant & Toddler and Preschool programs.
How does Reggio Emilia Serve the needs of Children in the 21st Century?
The vision of the children as both strong and capable, the practice of having their interests guide the context of the project work, and the cross curricular connections made in the learning experience are largely responsible for creating an environment of motivated and extremely engaged students. In this rapidly changing world that is the 21st century, it is no longer enough for children to “learn material.” They also must learn to communicate with many different groups of people; they must develop their creative side so that they can approach novel problems and come up with innovative solutions; and they must also learn how to make connections across areas of study.
The Reggio Emilia philosophy combined with the curriculum allows us to both accomplish the mission of the school including meeting the needs of our students to understand their world and prepare to take an active role in shaping it.
What are qualifications of Faculty
The majority of our faculty including co-teachers have or are working towards Master’s Degrees.
What is the faculty to student ratio?
5 to 1.
What classes are taught by specialists?
In the preschool, we have Art and Music specialists. In the Lower School, Art, Library, Science, Music, Spanish and Physical Education are taught by specialists. These professionals meet weekly with Head Teachers to build connections between their classes, project work, literacy and mathematics. These cross-curricular connections allow students to represent their learning and contribute their expertise in a variety of ways. It also reinforces the idea that knowledge is not packed neatly into boxes, but rather interconnects in increasingly complex ways. We have Grammy winners, as well as former soccer players with FIFA on our team!
Does the school administer any standardized tests?
Though standardized tests are not a central focus of assessment, in the Lower School, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade students take the Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP) tests, similar to other independent schools in NYC. Students in the Lower School do not take the New York State Standardized Tests given in public schools.
How do assessments depict learning taking place at the Williamsburg Northside Lower School?
Our teachers use a variety of assessment tools in addition to the CTP: observations, notation of student discussions, photography, the collection of work samples, and informal and group challenges. Formal assessments are done to determine instructional reading level, as well as to determine mastery of material in math. Collectively these provide a thorough overall picture of each student which is shared with parents throughout the year. These tools are important not only to measure student progress, but also to inform future instruction.
What is the homework practice in the Lower School?
Regular, formal homework assignments begin in 2nd Grade during the second half of the school year. In Kindergarten through the beginning of 2nd Grade, students may be asked to keep a log of nightly reading, or bring in artifacts that relate to project work periodically. If a student needs additional support, homework may be used to provide extended practice.
Will my Child have an opportunity for gross motor movement every day?
Gross Motor activity/time happens every day in the following ways:
- Open Gym (unstructured and structured play takes place daily in our middle school regulation sized gym or one of our many indoor recreational spaces.)
- Our large outdoor terrace spaces and playgrounds allow students to build and explore using various blocks and outdoor equipment.
- Neighborhood playgrounds are used and are within walking distance
- Students often explore the neighborhood with their classes as it pertains to classwork, and/or the need to enjoy the outdoors.
To what Middle Schools have Williamsburg Northside Lower School alumni been accepted?
In addition to a variety of Public Schools our Lower School children have gone on to or been accepted by Packer-Collegiate, Brooklyn Friends, and LREI. As a relatively new Lower School, this list will grow in the coming years.
What is the birthday cutoff for each age group?
2’s – 2 years old by December 31st
3’s – 3 years old by December 31st
Prekindergarten- 4 years old by December 31st
Kindergarten- 5 years old by December 31st
1st Grade- 6 by December 31st
From where do Williamsburg Northside students commute? Do you offer busing?
Not all Lower School families reside in Williamsburg. There are families who join our community from Manhattan and Queens as well. Getting to Williamsburg Northside is easy!
Subway – G, J, and L trains
Ferry – East River Ferry from Manhattan, Queens, or Brooklyn
Bus – B62, B32, B24 and Q59. We will offer a private busing service in September 2017 (Details to follow).
How can parents get involved?
The role of the parent is viewed as a vital one. There are many ways for parents to get involved:
- Attend Back to School Night to learn more about the classroom experience.
- Attend Parent-Teacher Conferences to discuss a student’s progress.
- Come to evening academic workshops and learn more about how Math and Literacy are taught at Northside.
- Attend the Parent Lecture Series throughout the year, focused on providing tools and information for thoughtful parenting.
- Join in to support our amazing Parent Association, volunteer within the school, or chaperone a field trip.
- Offer to share a special skill or read a favorite book with a class.
Do you provide sibling discounts?
Yes! If more than one child is enrolled in any campus at the same time, the child with the lower tuition will receive a 10% sibling discount off their full year amount.