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.
The free Universal Pre-K Program runs from Monday through Friday. Admission into the UPK program is limited. Registration begins in March for the school year starting the following September. Please call 82nd Street Academics, 718-457-0429, to have your name placed on the waiting list or to find out more about this program.
Calendar: Revised Calendar 2014-2015 (DL, FDPS, HDPS, UPK, EXT)
Food Calendar: Winter Menu
UPK is normally closed once per month so that teachers may attend Professional Development sessions. Kindergarten Readiness will remain open on those days. You may choose to send your child solely for the Kindergarten Readiness portion of the day at no extra charge, or you may pay an additional fee to have your child attend for their full regular hours (8:20am – 10:50 will be child care).
Regular service in the Kindergarten Readiness program will be suspended on national holidays as well as longer Winter and Spring Breaks. For an additional fee, we offer holiday service to Kindergarten Readiness students. More information will be available after the start of the school year.
The Kindergarten Readiness Program complements our Universal Pre-K program with advanced learning and development in literacy, math/science and physical activity. This tuition based program is an extension of the UPK schedule. Find out more about this program here. To apply for UPK and Kindergarten Readiness, please fill out both application separately. (Seats are limited, call for availability)
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!