Long Island Schools and Education Guide

Long Island Schools and Education Guide

February 16, 2017   |   DIRECTORY ARTICLES   


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UPDATED February 2017: Find preschools, private or public schools, after-school education programs and classes for kids in Nassau County on Long Island, including in Oyster Bay, Glen Cove, Long Beach, and North Hempstead, and Suffolk County on Long Island, including Babylon, Islip, Huntington, and Smithtown.

Preschools

BUCKLEY COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL
2 I.U. Willets Road, Roslyn
516-472-2702

Discover the Buckley Country Day School Early Childhood Program! Buckley Country Day School is an independent, coeducational day school providing a superior elementary education to an intellectually capable and diverse student body. Buckley provides the foundation that enables our students to achieve their full potential and excel as educated, ethical, and self-confident individuals. Our graduates are well prepared for entry into, and success in, secondary schools and beyond. The Buckley Early Childhood program is comprised of our Toddler, Nursery, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten programs. Contact admissions to schedule a tour.

BUILDING BLOCKS DEVELOPMENTAL PRESCHOOL
29 Pinewood Drive, Commack
631-499-1237

Building Blocks Developmental Preschool is a NYS-approved provider of special education preschool services, serving Suffolk County for more than 31 years. All of our special education classes follow NYS Learning Standards for preschool special education. The preschool curriculum encompasses pre-literacy activities, language development, math concepts, fine and gross motor activities, and peer socialization while incorporating each child’s specific educational plan. Individual goals are targeted through a multi-model approach to encourage success. Our staff has many years of experience in early childhood special education. Half- and full-day programs available.

CAMPS 'R' US
Locations in Baldwin, Bellmore, Farmingdale, Hicksville, Syosset, Valley Stream, and West Islip, ,
516-935-CAMP (2267)
Email info@campsrus.org

Camps ‘R’ Us’ preschool campers enjoy a fun-filled first camp experience that offers a full day of enrichment for children ages 3 and 4. Our Tiny Tots Program is designed to complement the unique complexities of early childhood. Campers will acquire a greater ability to reason, plan, and remember through carefully selected activities designed to enhance their development. They begin to better understand common social conventions, as our staff initiates games based on cooperative learning experiences, where close group interaction is essential. Call now for early bird summer 2017 rates!

IKEN SCIENCE ACADEMY
351 E. 74th St., New York
917-476-1167
Email enrichmentworkshop.iken@gmail.com

Exciting things are happening at Iken Academy, home to enrichment workshops for children 2½-5 years, full-day STEM program, after-school programming for school-age children, with pick-up from local public and private schools within walking distance, summer camp, and birthday parties! Come visit our state-of-the-art, beautiful facility on the Upper East Side. We are currently accepting registration for all programs. In September the Iken Stem Science Academy Nursery School will open in Jericho, Long Island offering Mommy and Me classes and a full-day or half-day nursery school following in the tradition of the Manhattan location.

KENWAL DAY CAMP
100 Drexel Ave., Melville
631-694-3399

Our preschool program has use of the same facilities as older campers, taking into consideration the needs of younger campers and modifying their program accordingly. Counselor-to-camper ratio is 1-to-4. Preschool campers are given Red Cross instructional swim and free swim daily, with the opportunity for 1-on-1 instruction. Our preschool program maintains separate air-conditioned camp houses and playgrounds, where campers participate in arts and crafts, tumbling, mini-golf, circle games, go karts, parachute play, Junior Zip Line course, and karate, along with many sports activities tailored to meet their ability.

M.A.T.S.S. KID'S GYM & EARLY CHILDCARE EDUCATION CENTER
2629 Grand Ave.
Bellmore
516-221-1330
171 Eileen Way
Syosset
516-496-7765


Email corporate@matsskidsgym.com

Infant, toddler, and separation classes bridge development to a comprehensive Early Childhood Education-Nursery School and Gym Program. After-school classes provide movement, gymnastics, sports, and enrichment instruction for both our on-site center and community school children, ages 7 months-12 years. Summer Camp, Holiday Mini-Camps, Weekend Birthday Party, and Friday “Kids’ Night Out” events provide a year-round place to play and celebrate! Extended day available. Full daycare (3 months and older) available at our Syosset location. Dedicated teachers and staff are N.Y.S ED., CPR- and First Aid-certified. Since 1985-A Rainbow of Programs to Play, Learn, and Grow!

POSEY SCHOOL
57 Main St., Northport
631-757-2700
Email poseyschoolofdance@gmail.com

Posey Preschool is an arts-based early education program for the artistic soul. We have created a preschool for the young intellectual to learn in a nurturing and respectful atmosphere. Children will actively engage in the creative process, participating in various roles within the arts including, but not limited to, dance, music, theater, and visual arts. We offer affordable choices between two, three or five days a week from 9am-11:30am. Our goal is to integrate early childhood education with movement, art, and self-expression in a physically and emotionally safe environment.

PRIME TIME EARLY LEARNING CENTER
270 Airport Plaza , Farmingdale
631-777-9090

Prime Time Farmingdale offers an extensive pre-K program that prepares your child for their transition to school. Phonological awareness, vocabulary, comprehension, and critical thinking are emerging literacy skills we work on during the pre-K year. Prime Time also offers expert childcare for infants six weeks through pre-K. Families are welcome to register for as little as 16 hours per week or for our full-time program that provides childcare during any of our hours of operation. Prime Time of Farmingdale is open Monday-Friday from 6:30 am-7pm.

ST. PATRICK YOUTH COMMUNITY
St. Patrick Church, Smithtown
631-724-1261
Email spyouth@optonline.net

The best kept secret is now available to you! St. Patrick Youth Enrichment Learning Center is available for ages 2-5, Monday–Friday, during the school year. Flexible hours, days, and reasonable rates make this program an option for all. Music, reading readiness skills, and NYS standards are just some of the reasons to join. We offer arts and crafts, circle time number concepts, and free play. Playtime with Mommy and separation classes are also available. And the best part is, you only pay for the days you attend!

Private Schools

BRIDGES ACADEMY (THE)
339 Snedecor Ave., West Islip
631-358-5035 x103
Email renee.elder@thebridgesacademy.net

The Bridges Academy is an independent private day school located centrally in West Islip, providing students from toddlers to eighth grade with academically accelerated and enriched programs. Our small class sizes coupled with our dedicated teachers ignites a student’s interest in learning. Programs include foreign languages, STEM, greenhouse, theatre, music, sports, and character development. Visit us at thebridgesacademy.net or call 631-358-5053 x103 to learn more.

BUCKLEY COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL
2 I.U. Willets Road, Roslyn
516-472-2702

Discover the Buckley Country Day School Early Childhood Program! Buckley Country Day School is an independent, coeducational day school providing a superior elementary education to an intellectually capable and diverse student body. Buckley provides the foundation that enables our students to achieve their full potential and excel as educated, ethical, and self-confident individuals. Our graduates are well prepared for entry into, and success in, secondary schools and beyond. The Buckley Early Childhood program is comprised of our Toddler, Nursery, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten programs. Contact admissions to schedule a tour.

CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS OF LONG ISLAND
128 Cherry Lane, Hicksville
516-678-5800

Long Island’s Catholic elementary schools are 43 unique and beautiful schools in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Academically, the expectations of each student are high and the historical performance has been exceptional. The schools are differentiated from their public counterparts by their integrated program of learning and living the Catholic faith and values. We help instill the moral values, self-respect, and study habits that go on to serve our students well as they continue their education, and for the rest of their lives.

COUNTRYSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL
354 Lakeville Road, lower level, Great Neck
516-466-8422
Email info@cmsgn.com

Countryside Montessori School was founded in 1998. We were founded with the aim of providing a high quality early childhood education based on the philosophy, methods, and techniques developed 100 years ago by educational pioneer and Nobel prize nominee Dr. Maria Montessori. Our children become responsible for their own learning and their own behavior. They learn to respect themselves and others. Everything in our school is designed to encourage and aid the child’s natural curiosity.

GREEN VALE SCHOOL
250 Valentine's Lane, Old Brookville
516-621-2420

The Green Vale School is Long Island’s premier and largest independent elementary school. Families from over 30 school districts are drawn here by the outstanding faculty, excellent facilities, and small classes in pre-nursery through eighth grade. Our mission–instilling confidence and competence, promoting respect and responsibility, teaching a love of learning, and inspiring our students to excel, to lead, and to care has been at the heart of a Green Vale education since 1923. Come learn more about our uncommon core of excellence with an emphasis on character development.

IKEN SCIENCE ACADEMY
351 E. 74th St., New York
917-476-1167
Email enrichmentworkshop.iken@gmail.com

Exciting things are happening at Iken Academy, home to enrichment workshops for children 2½-5 years, full-day STEM program, after-school programming for school-age children, with pick-up from local public and private schools within walking distance, summer camp, and birthday parties! Come visit our state-of-the-art, beautiful facility on the Upper East Side. We are currently accepting registration for all programs. In September the Iken Stem Science Academy Nursery School will open in Jericho, Long Island offering Mommy and Me classes and a full-day or half-day nursery school following in the tradition of the Manhattan location.

LONG ISLAND LUTHERAN DAY SCHOOL
106 Vernon Valley Road, East Northport
631-754-4424 x224
Email admissions@ludaynorthport.org

Long Island Lutheran Day School at St. Paul’s offers an outstanding early childhood and elementary program that combines challenging academics with a caring and nurturing faith-based environment. Classroom technology enhances and encourages innovative teaching that keeps students actively engaged in hands-on learning. Our caring and dedicated faculty and staff work to preserve a warm, family atmosphere. Faculty and staff alike share a deep commitment to the growth and success of each student. We are proud to foster children in a Christ-centered environment, helping them to become confident, lifelong learners.

MUSIC INSTITUTE OF LONG ISLAND
90 Community Reformed Church P.O. Box 119, Manhasset
516-627-7052
Email miligirls@aol.com

Now in our 26th year, Music Institute of Long Island is "New York's Premier Music School.” Programs include violin, viola, cello, guitar, piano, voice, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba. Instructions in Traditional, Suzuki, and ABRSM methods for ages 3-99, beginner-advanced. MILI offers: Chamber Music, Theory, Sight Reading, NYSSMA, and college preparation. Students perform eight times annually at Steinway Hall, Carnegie Hall, and for charities. First prize competition winners, soloists with orchestras. Outstanding faculty. Summer private lessons-all levels, all instruments offered June-August. Fall semester begins September 12, 2016.

OUR LADY OF MERCY
520 S. Oyster Bay Road, Hicksville
516-433-7040

Our Lady of Mercy School strives in the spirit of service and love to inspire our students to grow spiritually, academically, and socially. Our goal is to enable all students to meet the challenges of the future through a strong faith-based academic program enhanced by extracurricular activities. A variety of early childhood classes, and full-day kindergarten-eighth grade programs are available. Weekday, evening, and weekend tours are available by appointment.

PORTLEDGE SCHOOL
355 Duck Pond Road , Locust Valley
516-750-3100

Portledge School is an independent, pre-nursery through 12th grade preparatory day school. The school’s coordinated sequential programs, beginning with the Reggio Emilia program in early childhood, provide a rigorous academic environment, preparing students to live responsible and productive lives. Dedicated teachers use small class size to deliver knowledge based on inquiry and inspired by a student-centered learning approach. Individual talents are nurtured through the arts, athletics, and a variety of community and travel programs that all emphasize the Portledge Pillars of passion, purpose, honor, and respect.

VARIETY CHILD LEARNING CENTER
47 Humphrey Drive, Syosset
516-921-7171
Variety Child Learning Center at the Gallow School
72 Farmedge Road, Levittown
516-490-3301


Variety Child Learning Center (VCLC) operates a childcare center where “children play, learn, and grow together to become the best that they can be.” Licensed by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services for young children ages 6 weeks to 5 years at VCLC’s Levittown site at the Gallow School, the center is open year-round, except for designated time off, from 6:45am to 7pm. Lead teachers are certified teachers. Registered nurse on premises from 8am-4pm. Email childcare@vclc.org or call 516-921-7171 for additional information.

Special Education

AGATSTEIN, DR. HELENE
Servicing Nassau Queens, Westchester, Connecticut, and Boston, MA, Valley Stream
516-791-1324
Email helene@agatstein.com

Your school district has a multitude of resources to which your child may be entitled. Dr. Helene Agatstein can partner with you to design an effective, long-term plan to ensure your child achieves academic success. Founder of Educational Consultant, Inc., she has been helping parents secure services from school districts for more than 15 years, with 21 years experience as director of special programs for the Hewlett Woodmere School District. Find out how she can help your child.

BAKSHI LAW
Offices in the Financial District, Long Island, and Westchester ,
917-244-6133
Email lara.bakshi@gmail.com

Bakshi Law specializes in special education law. We represent parents and children with disabilities, acquire correct classification under IDEA, ensure proper implementation of IEP, ascertain correct placement for children, and tuition reimbursement. We attend CSE meetings, resolution meetings, and suspension hearings, and all disciplinary hearings for special needs and general education students. Bakshi Law’s attorneys are passionate about your child’s education and offer assistance on a sliding scale for parents experiencing financial difficulties.

BUILDING BLOCKS DEVELOPMENTAL PRESCHOOL
29 Pinewood Drive, Commack
631-499-1237

Building Blocks is an early childhood learning center focusing on the education of all young children. We offer parent and child groups, nursery and preschool classes, and childcare options. As a New York state-accredited special education program serving children and their families for more than 30 years, we provide services including special instruction; ABA; speech, occupational, and physical therapy; psychological services; and diagnostic services to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. We develop skills that enable all our children to attain their highest potential while building self-esteem and independent learning.

HAGEDORN LITTLE VILLAGE SCHOOL, JACK JOEL CENTER FOR SPECIAL CHILDREN (THE)
750 Hicksville Road, Seaford
516-520-6000
Email jon.feingold@littlevillage.org

The Hagedorn Little Village School is a not-for-profit school highly regarded for providing outstanding educational and therapeutic services for children with a wide range of developmental disabilities. HLVS provides year-round programs and services that include diagnostic evaluations and treatment, early intervention, a preschool, an elementary school, SEIT, and related services. Services provided on-site, in homes, nursery schools, and daycare centers include: speech, feeding, occupational, physical, and movement therapy, behavior management or Applied Behavior Analysis, counseling, and support groups.

STEPS TO SOCIALIZATION
13 South Bayles Ave., Port Washington
516-767-0266

Steps to Socialization was created by Evelyn Kashinsky, a parent of children with special needs, to help children who have difficulty socializing. Steps to Socialization is more than just a social skills program. We teach children how to think socially, step by step. Working in small groups of three to four students, we cover a variety of topics, including how to establish and maintain friendships and initiating and maintaining conversations.