Highland Academics: UPK

Our Distinctive Approach

At 82nd Street Academics, we provide children with positive early education experiences that invite students to develop a love for learning. While many of our educational practices are similar to other quality schools, we also have three beliefs about childhood development.

  • Our approach with our families is to develop a partnership in our program where parents can fully participate in the learning process of their children. All of our classrooms are equipped with cameras and audio capabilities so that parents can keep track of daily activities and be reassured that their child is in a safe environment where we are delivering on our program promises. If questions or concerns do arise, our teachers answer their emails daily and turnaround initial responses within 24 hours. Additionally, our teachers send out daily emails to inform parents about that day’s classroom activities and what steps parents can take at home to reinforce what was learned. We also encourage all of our parents to volunteer in the classroom. These volunteer opportunities can be coordinated with the lead teacher once the school year begins.
  • With each student in our program, we are trying to develop not just purely academic skills, but also areas such as social-emotional health, physical development, language & literacy development, and mathematical/cognitive thinking. Our whole child approach is driven by adaptive, teacher-written lesson plans which incorporates multiple domains of learning (some of which will be more fully described below) and is checked and approved by our Early Childhood Program Director. Using these multiple domains of learning, we are able to better individualize each child’s instruction and experience in our program.
  • To measure each domain and properly assess our students, we use a Department of Education accredited measurement system which includes observation and evaluation of each student over a several month period. Once we finalize our results, we can then offer students balanced sub-groups to improve areas in which they need development and to allow for our teachers and student peers to aid in this growth process.

Program Description

We are excited to announce a new division of our school in Jamaica, Queens! We have asked the Department of Education to allow us to provide free Full Day Universal Pre-K (UPK) school year 2016-17 at our new location, First United Methodist Church of Jamaica, 162-10 Highland Avenue. Classes will run from 8:00/8:30AM – 2:30/2:50PM, Monday – Friday. To register for UPK at Highland Academics, please fill out the Department of Education’s online application HERE. Please call 718-457-0429 X219 for more information.

UPK School Calendar: Highland Calendar
Food Calendar: Winter-Spring Food Menu
Required Documents: Student Medical Form (NYC Immunization Requirements), Income Eligibility Form


Parent Reviews

“Highland Academics gives our child a chance to learn and grow better. It has popular teachers, which is excellent. Most of the children say that Highland Academics is the best school in the USA!” – Parent of Tasnim, UPK

“Highland Academics is the perfect school for my son, he is a shy student and thrives in a small classroom environment. I think Highland Academics is extremely fabulous in its teacher techniques and the school should keep up the extremely fabulous job.” – Parent of Ishaan, UPK

“I want to share my experience of why we chose Highland Academics. Some people encouraged us to admit my daughter to another school, but when my Samia started school at Highland we were so happy the way the teachers and other staff were taking care of the students. We love how the school is teaching students and also involve the parents in arranging multicultural activities. Also providing the family access to see the child daily in their school activities online is another great reason for us. Now I always tell everyone to send their child to Highland Academics. I would say it’s the best school I’ve seen.” – Parent of Samia, UPK

“Highland Academics is an excellent school. The teachers at this school are wonderful. They work with each student and support them to the fullest extent possible. My son loves his teachers. He learned a lot during his year. I’m glad that he attended this pre-k program. I would recommend this school to anyone looking for a great preschool.” – Parent in UPK

“Highland Academics is the first school in my child’s life. The situation and school is perfect. The indoor and outdoor facilities are both nice. The natural location is beautiful. The rooms are perfect for the kids. Teachers and reception are all very helpful. In a word, Highland Academics is a great place for kids.” – Parent of Nabayel, UPK

“Teachers are supportive and create nurturing environments where children social skills can reach their fullest potential.” – Parent of MD, UPK

“A mi me gusta el trato el trato que le dan a mi hijo y a los padres les dan una buena atencion me gusta el trato que me dan a mi y a mi hijo.” – Parent of Kelvin, UPK

  • Social-Emotional Health: This area includes developing self-awareness, becoming more independent, taking personal responsibility in the school environment, and showing empathy for others. These skills are vital for future success in life. Physical Development: Children improve gross motor skills (using large muscle groups) and fine motor skills (control over muscles in hands). We want children to learn the importance of physical activity at a young age.

    Language & Literacy Development: Three-year olds have rapidly developing listening and speaking abilities. The daily activities in our program help young children express their thoughts and understand others. Activities also include letter recognition and the development of phonemic awareness and phonics skills necessary for emergent readers.

    Mathematical & Cognitive Thinking: This area includes logical thinking skills such as comparing, sorting, measuring, and pattern recognition as well as learning numbers.We teach problem-solving skills so children become active learners.

    Through play, children learn to use symbols, developing their capacity to understand abstract ideas. We incorporate these learning domains throughout each daily activity. Children explore their individual interests in classroom centers, which include blocks, dramatic play, manipulative toys, sand and water, and art.They will also engage in group activities such as gross motor time, read-aloud, outdoor science exploration, cooking, singing, and daily discussions.

    We emphasize physical activity. Children have active play opportunities every day in The Learning Park or indoors in the classroom. Our schedule allows children time to be independent by playing alone, to make friends by working in small groups, and to build a community in the classroom through whole group activities. Teachers observe and evaluate children to find out more about their interests, which are the basis for classroom themes and activities. This keeps students motivated and engaged in child-centered learning. At 82nd Street Academics, our staff is committed to building a strong partnership with your entire family to give your child the best learning experience possible!

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