Junior Kindergarten

A student excited by a drawing project in a private pre-kindergarten art room

Junior kindergarten is a five-day program with families selecting either a half-day (8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) or full-day (8:30 a.m.-2:50 p.m.) schedule, with the option of after school or enrichment courses. 

Play continues to be a strong focus in the junior kindergarten, as students work together to find more complex solutions using advanced language skills. Junior kindergarten students are also introduced to more defined units of study that require research through literature, scientific exploration, field trips, and art and cooking projects. The Letter of the Week study is a highlight of this year and includes hands-on and exploratory projects. The teachers capitalize on the students’ innate interest in learning about the world around them to help them learn how to learn. 

Junior kindergarten students enjoy special subject classes such as secondary language (French, Spanish or Mandarin Chinese), studio art, music using the Kodály style of teaching, greenhouse, movement and library. Students also participate in daily recess on our rooftop playdeck.

The students in our private pre-kindergarten near uptown NYC are creative!


  • Students must be at least age 4 by September 1
  • Five days a week, either half-day (8:25 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) or full-day (8:25 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.), with option for after-school or enrichment courses
  • Letter of the Week program with introduction to letter-sound correspondence and letter recognition
  • Planned time each day for exploration of classroom materials to foster play skills and communication
  • Field trips include the Discovery Room at the American Museum of Natural History and the Central Park Zoo
  • Lunch in the cafeteria
  • Special subjects include: secondary language (French, Spanish, or Mandarin Chinese), art, music (using the Kodály method), greenhouse, movement, and library
  • Thematic units include the Rainforest, the solar system, and family cultures and traditions
  • Cooking projects related to the Letter of the Week in the classroom microkitchens
  • Celebration of diversity through the family cultural unit, which allows the class to explore the traditions and origins of each child’s family, culminating in a feast with foods from around the world
  • S.T.A.R. (Share, Tell, Ask, Respond) program to promote interest in learning about one another, to reinforce the importance of making social connections, and as an introduction to speaking in front of a group, asking questions, and answering questions

Four- and 5-year-old children learn by doing. We try to engage our students in as many hands-on activities as we can, allowing children to physically test out their ideas about the world and witness the results in concrete form. ”Allison Miller, Junior Kindergarten Teacher, Faculty Since 2005

Meet the Junior Kindergarten Team

Nia Muñoz

Junior Kindergarten Assistant