Williamsburg Northside Lower School
Welcome to the Lower School at Williamsburg Northside, a private elementary school in the vibrant borough of Brooklyn. As the Head of Lower School, I am inspired by a wonderful community of students, families, and faculty every day. During more than twenty years of experience in the field of education, I have had the privilege to work with many incredible educators. Our team at WNS shares the belief that children are capable of so much when they are engaged in a community that motivates and supports its members, as well as challenges them to extend their thinking. We have built that learning community here at WNS.
As you get to know us, it is my hope that you will be as excited as I am about the work, learning, and joy that our prekindergarten through 5th grade students experience each day. In this school space, we are mathematicians, readers, engineers, artists, musicians, deep thinkers, writers, researchers, athletes, friends, problem solvers, and creators. Through integrated and meaningful work, we challenge students to explore new forms of expression and share their talents. A painter depicts the scene of early settlers, while an engineer builds a model moving vehicle using found materials. First graders work with their classroom teachers, art teacher, and science teacher to build a subway station inside our school walls complete with a functional turnstile, simulated elevated train ride, and station booth. Third graders recreate filtration systems while studying global water supply and quality. We are also fortunate to have all of New York City at our doorstep and our students take many field trips and welcome many special visitors throughout the year. Academic and social development is guided as our students build their toolbox for middle school and prepare for the world beyond elementary school, beyond our Brooklyn home.
Investigate our Curriculum Guide, which is filled with the details of our work. Then, come and see us! There is nothing like a visit to the Lower School during the school day when students fill our rooms and their voices fill the halls. Their enthusiasm for learning is unmistakable.
Head of Lower School
Tara Mastin, MA