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1. Smarter Toddler, Manhattan
Courses / Programs
With two convenient locations in Manhattan NYC, Smarter Toddler is a leading nursery school / preschool that provides arts-based preschool programs designed for babies, toddlers and young children ages 3 months to 5 years. Situated on the Upper West Side and at Midtown West near Times Square, we offer a warm, community-oriented learning environment where we encourage curiosity, promote kindness and respect, and exercise imagination and creativity.

Smarter Toddler was founded by parents of gifted children who wanted a progressive preschool with an advanced arts-based curriculum their own children could benefit from. Music, movement, literacy and visual arts are an active part of each child's day. We provide remarkable teachers, a relaxed admissions process, and a loving, home-like atmosphere. We place a high value on diversity, and on accommodating children with needs requiring extra attention.

Our mission is to continue to create an enhanced, quality early education program that emphasizes the arts, cultural experiences, and the unique individuality of each child. Teachers provide interesting and motivating lessons to engage the children and captivate their interest.

Parent Testimonial:
"We fell in love with Smarter Toddler the minute we walked in the door. Everything from the decor to the staff is welcoming, friendly and fun. Our son's teachers, and the other teachers he interacts with, have become like family to us. He looks forward to going to "school" every day."
- Jen Falek
Early Childhood Programs (Ages 0-5)

- Infant Program (3 - 12 months)
- Toddler 1 Program (13 - 20 months)
- Toddler 2 Program (21 months - 2.5 years)
- Young Preschool Program (2.5 - 3.5 years)
- Preschool Program (3.5 - 5 years)
- Arts Program (includes music, visual arts and yoga)

Our curriculum offers Reading, Art, Spanish, Computers, Science, Yoga, Sign Language, Music and Movement.
2. Oogie Art: Art Portfolio Development School
Courses / Programs
One of the largest, and most successful art portfolio development schools in the United States, Oogie Art has conveniently-situated studios in Midtown Manhattan, Queens NY, and Bergen County, Northern NJ.

Through our year-round art portfolio preparation programs and art classes for elementary school through to local high school students (Grades 5-12), international high school & college transfer students, we have helped hundreds of students to gain admission into top fine arts schools, visual arts schools & colleges of design.

Our art portfolio development classes aim to help you to create an extraordinary body of artworks that will round out your art school applications, prepare you for a top art college, and strengthen the impression you make on admissions & scholarship committees.

Because we have spent decades refining our approach, you can expect extraordinary admissions results: 86% of our students are admitted to their first choice college; and 100% of our students are admitted to top 50 colleges.

Our students follow a curriculum that is specifically based on their individual needs, goals and most immediate time horizons. Class scheduling is extremely flexible - students register by the month, and can attend between 4 and 28 classes each month.

An expert instructor is always available to answer any questions, provide guidance and demonstrate techniques.

“Oogie Art guides young artists to greater heights of artistic creation.”
- NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, 2004
Year-round Art & Design College Preparation Programs & Art Classes for local students in Grades 5-12, international high school & international undergrad college age students:

- Weekday, evening and weekend (Saturday) art classes in subjects that include
- Art Portfolio Prep
- AP Art Prep
- Painting/Drawing
- Illustration
- Perspective Drawing & Painting
- Figure Drawing & Painting
- Advanced Drawing & Painting
- Mixed Media & Collage
- Sculpture
- Group Crits
- College Prep
- Film & Animation
- Fashion Design
- Business of Design..
3. ABC Languages, Manhattan
Courses / Programs
Are you searching for quality Spanish language classes in NYC for your child or teenager? A leading provider of foreign language instruction, ABC Languages provides group Spanish classes and private tutoring for kids (ages 4+), teens and adults.

Conveniently situated in midtown Manhattan, our qualified and experienced teachers will help your child to improve their Spanish language skills in a fun and effective way.

We offer our group Spanish classes for K-12 children on a customized basis, based on what the parents, school or organization tell us about their needs.

Whether you want a weekly after-school Spanish program, an at-home Spanish language play group or more intensive Spanish classes that meet several times a week, we can design a program that suits you.

Private Spanish lessons mean your child gets the exclusive attention of the teacher and can learn faster. You can choose the days and times of the lessons which can be held at our school or your home (or other location of your choice).
Spanish Language Lessons for Juniors:

- Private Spanish lessons / one-to-one tutoring for kids & teenagers

- Group Spanish language classes for K-12 kids

- After-school Spanish programs for elementary, middle & high school students

- High school study assistance

- We also work with schools who wish to offer a Spanish language program as part of their curriculum.

We also offer a wide range of additional foreign language classes including French, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, German, Russian, Polish, Greek, Arabic, Farsi....
4. Harlem Academy, New York City
Courses / Programs
Harlem Academy, located in East Harlem at 1330 Fifth Avenue in New York City is a private elementary and middle school serving grades one through eight. Our mission is to prepare bright, motivated students for success at top secondary schools and lifelong learning. At our school dedicated families, teachers, and supporters work together to provide educational opportunity to children whose potential might otherwise go unrealized.

Established in 2004 with a first grade class of 12 students, one grade is added each year, as the school builds toward a vision for an elementary and middle school program in Harlem that matches the standards of any independent school in New York City.

Harlem Academy’s elementary school program was developed through a grant from the Goldman Sachs Foundation in partnership with Columbia University. This allows access for low and moderate income families based on a sliding scale formula for setting tuition.
Elementary & Middle School Programs (Grades1-8)

- Our curriculum covers Literacy, Mathematics, Arts, Sciences, Athletics and Choice.

- During choice (60 minutes most days), students choose from a range of fun and challenging learning activities, including chess, mancala, painting, performance arts, and construction.

- These supplemental learning opportunities build cooperative skills, reasoning, and creativity while promoting a sense of personal empowerment.
5. Bright Minds Center, Manhattan
Courses / Programs
Bright Minds Center is a year-round secular day care and nursery school program in lower Manhattan, New York City for 2.5 - 5 year olds geared to help you raise your child to be a lifelong learner. Using the best European techniques for Early Childhood Development of speech, logic, creative abilities and gross / fine motor skills, Bright Minds will discover, develop and nurture each child’s unique talents.

Located in the beautiful building of the Synagogue for the Arts, our facilities feature a large room with an open floor layout and separate areas for different kinds of activities. There is a securely fenced adjacent outdoor playground equipped with the soft padding and furnished with appropriate playground equipment. It is also partially roofed so it can be used for some outdoor time even in the event of mildly inclement weather.

Unique in its approach, our center provides complete immersion into the Russian language and culture from an early age by creating fun learning experiences. Our center welcomes anyone who is interested to preserve their heritage, add a new cultural experience, or simply get the best quality education for their children!
Early Childhood Programs for Kids Ages 2-5:
- Day Care Program
- Nursery School
- Enrichment Classes
- Russian Language Classes
- "First Steps" for 12-24 months old children in Russian
- Russian Ballet
- Math tutoring

* Multiple options are available to accommodate your child’s educational needs.

* We also offer a Russian language program for those who are interested to preserve their heritage or add a new cultural experience to their child’s life.
6. Kids' MusicRound at Small World Connect
Courses / Programs
Kids’ MusicRound at Small World Connect provides an award-winning music and movement experience for newborn infants through age 4 in the New York City Metropolitan area.

We have schools in Midtown Manhattan, Manhasset NY (Long Island), and Montclair NJ.

Our award-winning Kids' MusicRound classes are fast-paced and interactive for the children and adults using a variety of activities that include singing, dancing, instrument play, chants, and much more.

The music used is a combination of original music written for the program and traditional music from a variety of cultures.

In the big picture, the children are having a great time in a playgroup setting, but the exposure to beat-comprehension and melody is setting them up for a lifetime of music appreciation.
"Mommy & Me-style" Music & Movement Classes for Kids ages 0-4:

- Our classes are a singing, laughing, giggling, jiggling, clapping, dancing, bouncing, fun-filled, experience.

Options include:
- "BabyRound" Class (Newborn - 8 months)
- Mixed Ages Class (0-4 years)
- Preschooler Music Class (3-4 years)

- Classes are 45-minutes long and come with a take-home Activity Song Book and two CD's of music.
7. Geneva School of Manhattan
Courses / Programs
Located in the heart of New York City on the west side of Manhattan, The Geneva School of Manhattan is a preschool to eigth grade coeducational school offering a classical, Christian education. We provide preschool with French language immersion, kindergarten, lower and upper school programs. Founded in 1966 the school has provided a rich and rigorous curriculum within the framework of Christian beliefs since the beginning.

Classical education has worked best for centuries because it corresponds to the way in which young minds develop, giving students the confidence to excel in any field that they choose. The classical curriculum allows students to accumulate knowledge earlier than would be accomplished in most other educational formats.

The classical education trivium (literally “three roads”) begins in the grammar phase, providing the building blocks of the classical foundation. This is followed by the dialectic phase where students begin to think critically about the facts they’ve learned. In the final phase, the rhetoric phase, students develop exceptional writing and oratory abilities. Our graduates have been accepted to the top high schools in New York City.
Co-Ed Programs from Pre-K through 8th Grade:

- Preschool Program with French language immersion

- Lower School (Kindergarten to 4th Grade)

- Upper School (5th to 8th Grade)

- Classical Christian curriculum with English grammar, reading, spelling and vocabulary, French, math, logic, history, science, visual arts

- After School Programs including ballet, art instruction, chess club, sports and exercise
8. Buckley School, Manhattan
Courses / Programs
Buckley School is a private K-12 school for boys on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York. Having high standards, pursuing excellence, exhibiting concern for each child and maintaining the level of student engagement are goals of our first-rate faculty here at Buckley. In addition to exceptional teachers, what makes Buckley truly special is our focus on the development of the whole boy.

We require boys to participate in all areas of school life, engaging the mind, body and spirit. Academically, boys study English, math, science, history and two foreign languages, along with a healthy dose of writing and public speaking. Each year, boys take classes in art and music, perform in a class play, as well as play sports in the afternoon. In the Middle and Upper Schools there are two Glee Clubs, open to all who want to sing. These boys perform onstage throughout the school year, with a highlight being the annual operettas.
Education Programs for Boys:
- Kindergarten Program
- Lower School Program
- Middle School Program
- Upper School Program

Additionally:
- Athletics Program
- Arts program

- Thinking, reading, writing, speaking and problem solving are the skills in which Buckley's curriculum is grounded. Academic subjects include math, history, social studies, French, Spanish and Latin.
9. Sunny Skies Preschool
Courses / Programs
With school locations throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan, Sunny Skies Preschool offers a nurturing, carefully-structured educational environment for young children. Our aim is to provide the families we serve with a program that fulfills the educational, emotional and social needs of their children in a fun, loving and safe environment. Our children thrive in the curriculum especially designed by Sunny Skies Preschool.

At Sunny Skies Preschool we use an exclusive curriculum created by our founder Margarycel Nuñez, which brings awareness of self, society and the world to the child. Our unique A.V.L.E. (Advancement Via Life Experience) program gives students the opportunity to experience things that happen every day and making those events learning experiences.

We have set high standards for our children, however, we know that there are many different types of learners and that each child needs to follow their own rhythm; we encourage them to be the very best children they could possibly be, no matter their abilities.
Preschool Program with Exclusive "Advancement Via Life Experience" Curriculum:

- “Me and the world” approach, which teaches that everyone is valuable and that we can all make a differences in our world.

- Reading, writing, math, comprehensive skills and social awareness also makes A.V.L.E. academically-advanced

Extra-curricular Activity Classes:
- Exercise Class
- Dance Class
- Art Appreciation
- Language Class (Spanish)
- Writing and Reading Workshop
- Music Class
10. St. Mark's Cooperative Nursery School, New York
Courses / Programs
St. Mark's Co-operative Nursery School, located in Rockville Centre, New York, is a non-profit organization owned and operated by its members - the parents. Accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs and registered with the New York Department of Education, we provide 3 year old, 4 year old and 5 year old enrichment classes as well as 2 year old Mommy and Me and Separation classes.

Our nursery school is special because we are a "cooperative." Our school is run by the families whose children attend classes. A co-operative nursery school represents the joint effort of parents and educators to provide young children with the best possible experiences for growth and development.
Educational Programs for Young Children:

- Early Childhood Programs
- Mommy and Me Programs
- Infants Program
- Toddlers Program
- Nursery Progrram
- Preschool Program

Emphasis is placed on stimulating awareness of surroundings, problem solving, and the development of listening, language and cognitive skills.
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