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Pine Street School

Pine Street School is a coeducational private montessori school for students in grades Pre-K through 8.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Urban

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Overview

Pine Street School says

Pine Street School is NYC’s first and only International Baccalaureate offering both Mandarin and Spanish dual language immersion starting at age 2 and continuing through Middle School. We are a warm, diverse and vibrant community of families dedicated to engaged global learning with a bold and responsible future orientation. In 2014, we launched near Wall Street, in the heart of the original New York City, with a mission to bring a fresh world perspective to the city’s traditional education landscape. We stand out among peer schools in our focus on digital citizenship, sustainability, community engagement and, most of all, student voice and agency. We proudly welcome families from every walk of life, across New York and worldwide. There are more than 30 countries represented among our students and dozens of languages spoken. Our families come from nearby Tribeca, SoHo, Chelsea, Williamsburg, DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights, and from as far as the Upper West Side, Harlem and Jersey City.

Curriculum

We believe that every child is born a perfect learner. With enthusiastic curiosity, a tireless desire to problem solve, and a fearless interest in new experiences.

Our job as a school is to nourish those innate qualities by keeping stride with resources, opportunities, models and challenges that encourage that instinctive desire to understand, grow and contribute.

But no learner lives in a vacuum. The world moves and morphs with increasing pace. So, it is also our responsibility as a school to look around and ahead, so that we are always aware of what the world will ask of our learners, what opportunities they are likely to find for expressing their particular interests and strengths, and what challenges they will face.

Our academic program is designed around these understandings, along with the fervent belief that learners should have a voice in their own learning and be invited and expected to reflect on their growth and increasingly make thoughtful decisions about their direction and priorities.

We call this Student Agency, and it is fundamental to our school culture.

Mission Statement

Pine Street School inspires a passion for learning and empowers each child to take responsibility as an open-minded, principled citizen in a global community.

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Admission Information

Pine Street School is pleased to accept applications and offer admission decisions on a rolling basis for students age eligible by December 31 of the year they enroll.* You can apply year-round and receive a decision in a short timeframe. This application process is particularly friendly to our international relocating families and others whose circumstances do not necessarily fit the traditional NYC private school admissions calendar, known as the ISAAGNY calendar. *Children entering our Twos program must turn 2 by September 30 of their entry year. 2019-2020 Admissions Checklist by Program Twos (Spanish or Mandarin Immersion) Our program for 2 year olds runs from 8:45am-11:45am. Families can opt for extended care from 12-3pm for an additional fee (this preference can be selected during the application process). 1. Attend a School Tour (attendance by at least one parent/guardian is required) 2. Attend a Teacher Meet & Greet (optional) 3. Submit application and $75 application fee (non-refundable) 4. Schedule and attend a playgroup 5. Schedule and attend a parent interview Age Cut Off: Must turn two before September 30th. Preschool (3s) (Spanish or Mandarin Immersion) Our Preschool program for 3 year olds runs from 8:45am-3:15pm. Children must be toilet trained before joining the program. 1. Attend a School Tour (attendance by at least one parent/guardian is required) 2. Attend a Teacher Meet & Greet (optional) 3. Submit application and $75 application fee (non-refundable) 4. Schedule and attend a playgroup 5. Schedule and attend a parent interview Age Cut Off: Must turn three before December 31st. Junior Kindergarten (4s) (Spanish or Mandarin Immersion) Created for children ages 4 and up, our Junior Kindergarten program fosters Kindergarten readiness for children who will be entering a rigorous Kindergarten program the following year. Junior Kindergarten runs from 8:45am-3:15pm. 1. Attend a School Tour (attendance by at least one parent/guardian is required) 2. Attend a Teacher Meet & Greet (optional) 3. Submit application and $75 application fee (non-refundable) 4. Ask your child's current school to complete and submit the ISAAGNY Preschool Report to us 5. Schedule and attend a playgroup 6. Schedule and attend a parent interview Age Cut Off: Must turn four before December 31st. Kindergarten (Spanish or Mandarin Immersion) The school day is from 8:45am-3:15pm. 1. Attend a School Tour (attendance by at least one parent/guardian is required) 2. Attend a Teacher Meet & Greet (optional) 3. Submit application and $75 application fee (non-refundable) 4. Ask your child's current school to complete and submit the ISAAGNY School Report to us 5. Schedule and attend a class visit during a school day (usually between 9-11am) 6. Schedule and attend a parent interview 7. Register for and have your child take the AABL assessment Age Cut Off: Must turn five before December 31st. 1st Grade (Spanish or Mandarin Immersion) The school day is from 8:45am-3:15pm. 1. Attend a School Tour (attendance by at least one parent/guardian is required) 2. Attend a Teacher Meet & Greet (optional) 3. Submit application and $75 application fee (non-refundable) 4. Ask your child's current school to complete and submit the ISAAGNY School Report to us 5. Schedule and attend a class visit during a school day (usually between 9-11am) 6. Schedule and attend a parent interview 7. Register for and have your child take the AABL assessment Age Cut Off: Must turn six before December 31st. EXPLORE OUR ELEMENTARY PROGRAM 2nd Grade (Spanish or Mandarin Immersion) The school day is from 8:45am-3:15pm. 1. Attend a School Tour (attendance by at least one parent/guardian is required) 2. Attend a Teacher Meet & Greet (optional) 3. Submit application and $75 application fee (non-refundable) 4. Ask your child's current school to complete and submit the Elementary School Report to us 5. Schedule and attend a class visit during a school day (usually between 9-11am) 6. Schedule and attend a parent interview 7. Register for and have your child take the ISEE Primary Test Age Cut Off: Must turn 7 before December 31st. 3rd-5th Grade (Spanish Immersion) The school day is from 8:45am-3:15pm. 1. Attend a School Tour (attendance by at least one parent/guardian is required) 2. Attend a Teacher Meet & Greet (optional) 3. Submit application and $75 application fee (non-refundable) 4. Ask your child's current school to complete and submit the Elementary School Report to us 5. Schedule and attend a class visit during a school day (usually between 9-11am) 6. Schedule and attend a parent interview 7. Register for and have your child take the ISEE Primary Test (select Lower Test for 5th grade entry) International Applicants International students should submit an application according to their grade and subsequent steps will be modified for individual circumstances. For example, we often arrange Parent Interviews with the Head of School via Skype.

Curriculum Information

There are two important elements to our academic program: student engagement and a fully integrated approach to curriculum. When learning is engaging, it is naturally rigorous. The learner always seeks a greater challenge. No one likes to be bored. So your child does not need to be “pushed” to achieve academic rigor. The learning experience needs to engage your child fully. In life, no subject sits in a silo. There is no experience, personal or professional, that draws only on one set of skills. And what makes life interesting is the interconnectedness of things. The interplay of math and science, language and history, art and technology. We are born naturally inquisitive, but we are not born with a clear sense of how things are connected. A great school reveals those connections and adds depth and dimension to each academic subject. This does not mean we forgo key skill development. Of course, everyone must learn reading, writing and numeracy. But they do not need to be learned in isolation. city as school Academics without relevancy won’t stick. Do you remember groaning in school and asking “Why do I need to know this?” You were right. The content was probably sterilized. Removed from real life. Taught in isolation without any connection to authentic application. A school that wants to engage must root learning in applied ways. Doing so extends the learning beyond the school and encourages learners to see academics in real life everywhere they look. At Pine Street School, we integrate academics fully into everything we do. We call this “transdisciplinary” learning. Everything is connected. Subjects are taught in a transdisciplinary approach, which means that we make sure learners constantly see the connections among all academic subjects and we make sure that all learning is relevant to the real and present world. Here is a breakout of our academic program components: Basic Skills language immersion private school We care deeply about developing basic skills like reading, writing and numeracy. These are the foundations upon which all other learning is built. Learners deserve better than worksheets and other one-dimensional tools. Plus, these simply will not properly prepare future changemakers. We embed basic skill development in a meaning-rich, relevant and multidimensional unit of inquiry. Learning is inherently exciting. Our job is to preserve that in everything the learner does. Montessori and IB / PYP language immersion private school We start our program with Twos and Preschoolers by using Montessori and IB PYP (International Baccalaureate / Primary Years Program) combined to build fundamental understandings and most importantly, skills of independence, inquiry and collaboration. We add a dose of Reggio Emilia to imbue the learning with art and creative expression. As students evolve from Preschool to Elementary, they move into a full PYP program where they are expected to become active participants in their own learning. Throughout Preschool and Elementary, we use the PYP as the framework for our curriculum, with teachers creating learning tasks where students actively explore concepts and connections through the lens of different subject areas. Students are encouraged to question, to reflect and to take action on their learning. Through the PYP, students develop critical thinking and communication skills, confidence, self-management, social skills and other attitudes and skills needed to succeed as they move into our Middle School. Preparing students to lead and to be caring, contributing members of our global society makes up a large part of our mission in the Middle School, which serves students in grades 6 through 8. In the Middle School, units of inquiry are taught throughout the different subjects. Individual subject teachers make interdisciplinary connections throughout the curriculum using larger concepts where similarities appear within different subjects. As students progress through the Middle School program’s curriculum, they are being equipped with the skills necessary to become individual learners and successful global citizens. Through student-centered, project-based and problem solving learning experiences, students are gaining a greater sense of self as individuals and as learners, while being constantly challenged and working collaboratively with their peers.

Finance

Finance

Private schools, including parochial and boarding, are funded through tuition and fees. The cost varies from school to school, but most families pay tuition to attend them. Many private schools offer financial aid or discounts, so it's worthwhile to ask about these options.

Admissions

Admissions
Phone
  (212) 235-2304
Email
  [email protected]

Academics

Academics

Academic Calendar: Continuous

  • Spanish
  • Chinese (Mandarin)

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 195
Student Teacher Ratio 9 : 1
Average Class Size 18
Gender 55% Male / 45% Female
Asst. Admissions Director   Rosa Nuñez

Extracurriculars

Pine Street School offers rich, engaging after school programs for students throughout the Lower Manhattan community. All of our enrichment programs are open to students from both public and private schools and families in the region. We offer programming across all interests, including the arts, technology, and language.

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