Life is race and it starts early. The happiest and most successful children run the race with confidence, eager to try out the next skill and use their curiosity. An excellent PreSchool helps parents in the task of guiding their child wisely.
In our experience, parents start the PreSchool search with one of these questions:
To find out more about Highland Academics – start with the question tab below that is your biggest concern:
Will my child be safe in PreSchool ?
This is the basic question that comes before anything else. If your child is not safe, then nothing else matters. 40% of all American children under 5 years of age use daycare. The biggest reason for emergency center treatment for children under 5 years of age is accidents.
In New York City, a common daycare violation is blocked emergency exits. Its easy to see why it happens since no one expects a fire. Parents don’t necessarily see that toys are blocking the door. Until something happens.
Highland Academics has an 8 point plan to make sure that we comply with safety 100%. It’s our commitment to families.
Our goal is to be the safest Preschool in Queens. We’re ready for your child.
Parents take constant care of their baby and child until school starts. For the next 15 years, the child enters the school building and parents get very little feedback about the classroom environment. Grandparents get even less unless they live in the same community. While positive discipline is now the rule at most schools and preschools, teachers still have a great deal of influence on classroom environment. If the classroom environment in your school had teacher’s pets or too many rules – how would you know?
In an age of smart phones and text, more communication should be available to parents.
Highland Academics is a leader in parent access to your child at all times.
If you want to see the friends, atmosphere, and classroom activities for your child, come to Highland Academics because you never really lose touch during the day!
There are two types of children. Some kids are durable with new experiences and can play happily on a boat during a hurricane. Other children need time to adjust to new surroundings. They may cry for extended periods as they react to situations that are not part of their everyday experience.
Transition into Preschool is a boundary issue for parents and child. It is a new frontier and all of the possibility — and problems that is part of crossing any boundary.
Parents may experience loss as their child steps forward into more independence. Children will have a range of emotions based on their personality and previous home experiences. Children may experience
The National Early Childhood Transition Center reports that transition consequences for a young child can be traced until the 3rd grade. Unsuccessful transition can result in lower verbal and literacy skills in particular. A child who transitions (to awareness of others, awareness of self, and confidence) can relax and accept the developmental and conceptual program.
Highland Academics emphasizes the importance of transition with its research based Transition curriculum
Highland Academics transition activities recreate the learning experience from the child’s perspective instead of the teacher’s perspective. This will become a critical template that your child uses to transition to Kindergarten and beyond.
Parents are universally concerned about development and learning. There are different models of teaching and children develop at various rates and in different ways. Parents want their child to develop without damage in the process.
Three areas are critical to consider to avoid a bad choice:
Highland Academics has three jewels in our system as we strive to be the best Preschool experience in Queens.
We only hire certified teachers and we give 10 professional developments during the year. There are classroom formal observations by the Director of Early Childhood and quarterly appraisals. Lesson plans are checked and teachers meet to plan joint monthly themes. Assistant teachers are licensed and attend Professional Development as well. We expect the highest professional standards in the classroom. We use a system of one Teacher and two assistants in the classroom. While one of the assistants may be out of the classroom with a bathroom trip or lunch trip, the classroom stays in ratio so that the students get a consistent quality experience all day.
As many states adopted the Common Core Learning standards, 7 learning domains have been developed as Pre Kindergarten Foundations for the Common Core (although in revision)
Highland Academics uses the first four standards to develop lesson plans for the three year old program and the entire set of seven domains is used for the UPK 4 year old program. At Highland Academics, our goal is always appropriate development for Kindergarten success.
Highland sees appraisal as a necessary component of a great program. We use three tools to ensure results for your child
If you are concerned about curriculum and student development, then you will find Highland ready to be a partner for the highest quality experience.
The Full-Day Preschool is a private, tuition-based program open to children who were born between January 1, 2013 and February 29, 2014 for the 2016-2017 School Year. The class will be held with a maximum capacity of 16 students at a time. The program is led by a NYS-certified teacher and a student staff ratio of 1:8 or less. The class runs from the hours of 8:00am to 4:00pm. There are additional time options.
We encourage interested families to contact us in early spring before the school year begins for more information, as this program has limited capacity.
8:00am – 8:30am Welcome! Arrival time and Breakfast
8:30am – 8:50am Circle Time & Group Discussion
8:50am – 9:05am Bathroom Visit
9:05am – 9:20am Theme Based Group Activity
9:20am – 9:50am Playground / Gross Motor Activities
9:50am – 10:00am Bathroom Visit
10:00am – 10:55am Choice Time in Classroom Centers
10:55am – 11:05am Reading Together
11:05am – 11:30am Lunch and Clean Up
11:30am – 11:45am Bathroom Visit
11:45pm – 1:00pm Nap or Quiet Time (length may vary during the year)
1:00pm – 1:10pm Waking Up, Quiet Transition, and Bathroom Visit
1:10pm – 2:00pm Playground
2:00pm – 2:45pm Music and Movement Time
2:45pm – 3:00pm Snack
3:00pm – 4:00pm Whole Group Review and Discussion, Singing Together, Center Time
4:00pm – Dismissal
2 days per week (Tues., Thurs.)
3 days per week (Mon., Wed., Fri.)
5 days per week (Mon.-Fri.)
Full-Day 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Semester or Annual (5 Full Days Only)
September – June (167 days of service)
Fall Semester (84 days of service)
Spring Semester (83 days of service)
Extended Day 4:00pm – 4:30/6:30pm
Happy Hour 6:30pm – 7:00pm
Early Bird 7:30am- 8:00am
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-alouds, 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!