At Pine Street School 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.
My two daughters attend the school, currently in first grade and junior kindergarten. The education is unparalleled in every aspect - mathematics, language, performing arts, art, music, and technology. The teachers are committed, enthusiastic, and dedicated and it shows everyday in the classroom in everything that they do. The programming is well planned and inspired, from school musicals and performances and weekly children-led assemblies to the sports curriculum (basketball, swimming, soccer) and ongoing field trips around New York City! Spanish immersion has been incredible with my daughters starting to speak and read in the language and really enjoy it. The head of school has founded and led schools all over the world, has a deep understanding of education and a has a wonderful hands-on approach.
My older daughter is somewhat shy and soft-spoken in public, but at Pine Street School she is driven to be a risk-taker and has been presenting at weekly assemblies in front of large parent audiences, with her voice getting louder and more confident with each passing week.
The school is focused on developing students equipped to succeed not only today but in the future in our ever changing society.