General Program Information
2’s Program (Tuesday-Thursday or Monday-Wednesday-Friday)
Every fall, our teachers work with new parents and children to address and ease the separation process integral to experiencing school for the first time. The teaching teams, led by a master 2’s teacher, encourage the children to make new friends and explore different materials while providing ample opportunity for art, movement, cooking, imaginative play, outdoor play and much more. Toddlers attend The Weekday School for two or three days per week from 9am – 11:30am.
Five Day Programs for 2’s, 3’s & 4’s
All of our classrooms feature child-centered curriculum with an emphasis on community building and emotional and social development. Teachers introduce children to language and literature, math and science, and social studies. Students have opportunities to engage in imaginative play, build with blocks, work with manipulatives, cook, play outdoors, sing, make art, and much more. Snacks are provided each day and a full hot lunch is served family style in each classroom. The children and teachers eat together.
All children in these programs attend school for five days each week. All program days begin at 8:45am with dismissal at 12:30pm for those in the Morning Session and 2:30pm for those in the Extended Day Program. A rest/nap period is included in the Extended Day Program. Children may also attend a mixed-age enrichment program until 5:30pm.
The Weekday School kindergarten features a more traditional academic curriculum with emphasis on reading, writing and math. Children cultivate the skills they will need as they move into ongoing public or independent schools.
Kindergartners attend school five days a week from 8:45 – 2:30pm. Snack is provided each day and a full hot lunch is served family style in each classroom. The children and teachers eat together.
The Weekday School offers a full-time Art teacher and part-time Music and Dance/Movement teachers. These three teachers collaborate with each other and all of the teaching teams to integrate the arts into the daily fabric of the curriculum and activities.
The Weekday School has a fully equipped library featuring over 1700 early childhood books as well as books on parenting for adults. Our librarian provides weekly library classes, afternoon Story Time sessions and special Information Sessions and Parent Workshops throughout the year. An online catalogue is available to the entire Weekday community to check on the availability of titles.
Special Additional Offerings – (additional registration and fees apply)
Side by Side Program
The Side by Side program offers a weekly class introducing the preschool experience to very young children accompanied by an adult. Skilled Early Childhood educators guide the children through music, movement and art activities and a circle time with songs and stories. These sessions offer plenty of time for exploration, socialization and looking at the boats on the Hudson River from the windows of one of Weekday’s large, beautifully equipped classrooms. The program is specially designed for families who want to remain side by side with their children while providing a social and experiential foundation in a school setting. While the children are playing, the adults have an opportunity to observe and discuss methods for helping children manage typical classroom situations such as sharing space and materials, taking turns and using walking feet.
After-school Enrichment Classes
A wide assortment of After-School classes are provided by both Weekday faculty & staff as well as visiting specialists in a variety of fields. Some of the regular offerings include
- Story Time
Additional offerings are available each semester.
Weekday runs a day camp every summer for children ages 2 – 6. Three 2-week sessions are available mid-June to late July. Children ages 2.6 – 3.6 years of age attend a Mini-Camp from 8:45am – 12:30pm each day. Children ages 3.6 – 6 years of age attend a Full Camp from 8:45am – 2:30pm each day. Snacks and a full hot lunch are provided daily in both the Mini and Full Camps. Children in the Full Camp go on one local walking trip and one field trip to a special venue every 2-week session. All camp sessions feature water play, arts & crafts, music, dance, and tennis classes.
Other Important Information
Support for the Ongoing School Process
The Weekday School seeks to prepare children for ongoing public and independent schools. We offer a variety of resources to assist families as they explore ongoing school options. During the year, the school sponsors evening events at which parents can learn about ongoing schools.
Admissions and Financial Assistance
The Weekday School is a non-profit, non-sectarian school with a non-discriminatory admissions policy. We seek to balance culture, race and gender within our age-based classes. It is our goal to provide high-quality, affordable education. Financial assistance is available to children from qualifying families.
Children ages 2 – 5 are eligible for September admission. The application process includes a visit to the school and play date.
The Weekday School is a member of the Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY) and abides by its admissions policies and dates.