North Side School is an independent, non-profit charter school specializing in education and early childhood development. Here at North Side we understand that the early years are vital to the establishment of skills that will enhance the learning process for the rest of a child’s life. We are also aware of the various needs and learning styles of each child, and are able to implement the educational process to meet the needs of each child. We recognize that every child’s individuality must be respected and nourished.
Our highly trained staff of NY State Certified teachers and assistants instill a thirst for knowledge which provides each child with a solid foundation, preparing them for their future. We take pride in seeing and meeting the student’s personality and intellectual needs, rather than viewing them as part of the classroom process. It is our goal to instill a desire to learn and provide the surroundings to feed that desire.
We offer a Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program to those children that are turning four years of age, as well as after school programs for those who are interested.
If you would like to enroll your child in North Side School, or would like more information as to our curriculum and services, feel free to navigate this website. We will be sure to provide you with any additional information you may need. Thank you, and we hope you enjoy your visit!!
"We implement the Pre-School Creative Curriculum as well as Wilson Fundations, KidSparkz and HighScope Preschool Math Curriculum. All lessons are aligned with the N.Y.S. Common Core Curriculum."
Wilson Fundations for K-3 is a phonological/phonemic awareness, phonics and spelling program for the general education classroom. Fundations is based upon the Wilson Reading System® principles and serves as a prevention program to help reduce reading and spelling failure.
Rather than completely replace core curriculum, Fundations provides the research-validated strategies that compliment installed programs to meet federal standards and serve the needs of all children.
Teachers incorporate a 30-minute daily Fundations lesson into their language arts classroom instruction. Fundations lessons focus on carefully sequenced skills that include print knowledge, alphabet awareness, phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, decoding, vocabulary, fluency, and spelling. Critical thinking, speaking and listening skills are practiced during Storytime activities. Furthermore, targeted small group intervention is available for students in the lowest 30th percentile.
Fundations is recommended as part of a total literacy solution, including a literature-based language arts program and a Wilson Reading System® intervention and intensive program.
Create the “spark” and learning happens!
Interest, motivation, curiosity, engagement, attention, connection – whatever you want to call it – there HAS to be a spark to transform the mind from “not here” to “here”. From unfocused to laser sharp. From “don’t want to” to WOW!
As young children explore their environment, they are beginning to notice relationships that are the foundation for mathematics. They can sort and match things that are the same or different; they can also arrange things in simple patterns, based on their characteristics. They are beginning to understand the meaning of words and phrases like “more,” “less,” “a lot,” and “the same as.”
They are starting to use measurement to describe, compare, and order things, using both unconventional tools (like pieces of string, sticks, and their footsteps) or conventional tools (like rulers and measuring cups).
They are also starting to recognize and describe the positions of people and objects and how they move through space in relation to other people and objects. They use their developing spatial awareness as they put together puzzles and build with blocks.
Key Developmental Indicators (KDIs) in Mathematics
1. Number words and symbols: Children recognize and use number words and symbols.
2. Counting: Children count things.
3. Part-whole relationships: Children combine and separate quantities of objects.
4. Shapes: Children identify, name and describe shapes.
5. Spatial awareness: Children recognize spatial relationships among people and objects.
6. Measuring: Children measure to describe, compare and order things.
7. Unit: Children understand and use the concept of unit.
8. Patterns: Children identify, describe, copy, complete and create patterns.
9. Data analysis: Children use information about quantity to draw conclusions, make decisions and solve problems.
In HighScope classrooms, children acquire math skills and concepts through adult-guided experiences that respect children’s concrete thinking and need to learn through exploration. Learning activities planned around HighScope’s Key Developmental Indicators (KDIs) in mathematics build on children’s natural interests and offer children the time and freedom to construct and reflect on math and science ideas.
We structure our curriculum around four key elements of development and adhere to the N.Y.S. Common Core Curriculum to ensure the growth of the whole child. They are:
It is imperative that children are better able to interact with the world around them and have the ability to express themselves with the development of social skills. We foster these skills at North Side.
At North Side, we stress the importance of every child showing their individuality without a fear of judgment by those around them. As a result, we offer the most nurturing environment available to our students, where they will be able to flourish.
We believe there should be a renewed interest in the physical aspects of health and fitness in a school curriculum. As a result, we integrate physical education into our curriculum in a way that makes it fun for our students, as well as intellectually stimulating and engaging. Motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and fitness are all skills that our physical fitness programs emphasize.
At North Side, we encourage a child to grow intellectually and use critical thinking skills to analyze the world around them. We wish to shape these skills in a way that benefits the individual student in order to help them better use their own judgment. When our students leave North Side, they are better equipped with the skills necessary to succeed in grade school.
The regular UPK morning session runs from 8 am to 2:20 pm. The afternoon session is 12:15 to 2:45. Registration/Enrollment is on a first come, first serve basis.
We offer extended day classes for parents who need this service. Hours are available from 7:15 am to 5:30 pm for an additional fee.
Our multiple classrooms are specially designed for early childhood use. We offer spacious areas for play, including sand tables, libraries, play kitchens, art stations, science center, block center, dramatic play, outdoor play areas and computers.
North Side School is also a very profound advocate of integrated classroom settings for children with special needs. We keep our regular class sizes small and focus on making sure each child has individualized attention. However, we understand that some students may need more individualized attention than others. We have both self-contained special education classrooms and special education integrated classrooms. If you are a parent of a child who has special needs, please alert the school during your registration so that we will be better able to provide for your child. We will be more than happy to assist you and provide an excellent support system for any of our students.
LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS
North Side School is licensed by the New York City Department of Health and the State University of New York Department of Education.
OTHER EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS
Summer Fun – is our exciting on site camp for 2, 3 & 4 year olds. The program will include instructional sports, crafts, reading lessons, playroom, Private Park trips, day trips. Upcoming Trips will be posted on our blog.
Allergens & Adaptations:
The North Side School is a Peanut-free environment. However, please alert the center if your child has a known allergy or special nutritional needs, such as celiac disease or allergy.
The mission of North Side School is to provide a warm, caring, and stimulating early childhood environment that is safe and nurturing. It is a time of fun, warmth, security, exploration and discovering. The school fosters self-esteem and builds confidence based on self-respect and respect for all others. We follow the “Golden Rule.” We have created a loving, trustful, and respectful environment which enables children to love, trust and respect their parents, teachers, each other, and especially themselves. We believe in the value of human diversity and the fair treatment of all people and the earth. Students and their families feel comfortable and welcomed at all times. We view the parents as partners in the education of their children and integrate them into our curriculum, as well as integrating into our community and becoming part of it.
Our staff is professional and knowledgeable about childhood development and early childhood education. We work collaboratively with our staff, parents, and the entire community to guide our students in their learning process. We have high expectations that are guided by the developmental needs of each child, with an understanding that many of our children have needs beyond that of learning essential skills; their needs are personal, pervasive and affect them on every level of humanity. We follow standard pre-school curriculum guidelines and the New York State Common Core project. We focus on the whole child with developmentally appropriate quality education developed to meet the needs of each child. North Side School maintains a progressive curriculum promoting learning the tools necessary to succeed in school and in life. We encourage and develop them physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually while being part of a whole community. The goal is for students to enter Kindergarten with the necessary skills to succeed and promote lifelong learning.
Every child has a spontaneous urge to learn. By using the Montessori apparatus and beliefs, the child experiences the sense of joy and self-achievement in the learning process. Rather than learning by rote, our method of learning develops critical thinking along with listening skills through exploring and collaboration with their peers to insure the success of every child. At the North Side School, we focus on the whole child.
Our after school program enables the working parents to have the peace of mind that their children are well cared for after the 2:45 school dismissal. Children participate in baking projects, arts and crafts, and tutorial assistance is available.
Health & Safety
Health & Safety
In order to insure a safe and healthy environment, all of our staff members must attend special training and certification in Infectious Disease Control, Mandated Reporting, and CPR. All members of our staff must be fingerprinted and have a yearly medical before they are permitted to be on staff.
Some of the enrichment programs we offer are music, Zumba, and karate on Saturday and Sunday. This program is also available during school breaks for Spring and Winter when classes are not in session