Upon arrival at any one of our three campuses, you will experience a sense of its warm community and active minds. That our children start with us as early as infancy and end with us in 5th grade allows for a unique experience of continuity and the formation of long term, secure bonds.
The Infant and Toddler Center (ITC) is filled with nurturing teachers who provide superlative care and developmentally appropriate, enriching activities. Art and music are a standard part of each week. The Preschool students engage in complex projects with great excitement and focus. I have seen the Williamsburg Bridge re-created, a Robot museum, an exploration of circuitry, and an opening night of an original film, “Playing Around.” The play at the preschool is collaborative, creative, intriguing and it ignites their curiosity and love of learning. The Lower School (Prekindergarten – 5th grade) keeps that fire alive, as the work becomes more sophisticated and academics more visible. When you come to the Lower School, you may encounter the 2nd graders performing a play about immigration in NYC that they wrote themselves or students painting rectangular solids on the wall and calculating the volume of overlapping rectangular prisms after carefully measuring the lengths and angles required.
Each facility has special spaces. At the ITC, there is a small gym for the littlest ones and a very large one for those who are ready to practice running around. There is space for art and for a library. There is an old-world charm to the building that gives it a warm feeling throughout. The preschool classrooms are big and sunny. The indoor gym is large; there is a library space, materials center, and an amazing 5000 square foot rooftop space. The Lower School students put on a production of The Nutcracker and have their music concert on the stage at the preschool. A brand new, sunny, 9-story building was created just for the Lower School. In addition to beautiful bright classrooms, there is a full-sized basketball court, an art studio with a wall of glass and a terrace, a wonderful cafeteria with a terrace, a sophisticated science lab and large multi-purpose area for gross motor activities and evening events.
Though the programs are not physically in the same buildings, the joy of learning and pursuit of challenge is present in each, as well as a deep respect for children’s capabilities. Each day the faculty challenges themselves to be thoughtful about the best way to offer creative, collaborative, and thought provoking educational experiences to our students. Everyone is part of this process. Students work together, listen, share, imagine, learn deeply, find true understanding and put their learning to use. Faculty respect their students, listen, challenge, teach creatively and expect great things.
Parents are invited into the school community for drop-off each day if they wish, special events and presentations, as well as for formal and informal meetings with faculty and administrators. Beautiful, illustrated classroom blogs serve to connect home and school at another level
It is a privilege to be part of this community of lifelong learners and gifted educators. Please explore our website to learn who we are and how we do what we do. I also invite you to visit the school and see the learning in action. It is impressive and joyful; it should not be missed!
Gina Farrar, PhD
Head of Schools
Williamsburg Northside Schools