Westchester Schools and Education Guide

Westchester Schools and Education Guide

February 8, 2016   |   DIRECTORY ARTICLES   

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UPDATED January 2016: A list of public and private schools and preschools in Westchester County, including White Plains, New Rochelle, Yonkers, Peekskill, and Rye, for your students. Plus a guide to private tutors, after-school homework help programs, and academic enrichment for kids to help do well in school.

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10 South Division St., Ring Buzzer #8, New Rochelle
Email balletmuscle@gmail.com

Ballet Muscle is a professional ballet studio and fitness center. While the two disciplines work hand in hand, they are handled separately. We offer an all boys ballet class and fitness class. All ballet and fitness classes are conducted as Peter was taught at the School of American Ballet. We teach you how to build strong and long muscles that will enhance any athletic performance whether on the field or stage. Why go to Manhattan when you can get the best training right here in Westchester?

1 Odell Plaza at Equalize Fitness, Yonkers

At GymCats Gymnastics, children learn the skills and confidence they need to become better athletes and individuals. Exciting gymnastics classes are offered for boys and girls, ages 20 months to teens, as well as recreational to advanced classes, private lessons, cheer classes, toddler open gym for crawlers up to walkers, and summer camp. GymCats is home to our own All Star Cheer Team, the GC Xtreme All Stars! We are also famous for our unique private birthday parties. Our enthusiastic interactive staff makes your child’s party memorable.

167 Scarsdale Road, Tuckahoe

Musical Munchkins, Westchester's original early childhood music program is celebrating more than 30 years of makin' music and memories. We continue delighting our youngest musicians and their families with the wonderful world of mommy-n-me music. Our curriculum, filled with awesome activities, is geared to children ages 6 months to 4 years. Instruments, creative movement, inventive props, puppets, books, and games help captivate and enrich children with a love of music. Our nurturing teachers capture everyone's hearts, while stimulating those developing brains. Visit our website. Schedule a free trial class.

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2170 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford
Email annandydca@aol.com

Ann and Andy, family-owned and -operated since 1973, offers a wide variety of fun activities for children ages 2 months to 14 years. We are licensed by NYSOCFS and the Health Department. We have an extensive campus, and offer flexible schedules, reasonable rates, nutritious lunches, a caring staff, individualized attention, and age-appropriate field trips. Join us for a wonderful school experience. Come see how much we care, and become part of our family.

130 Union Ave., Harrison
Email nancyi@jcch.org

The Early Childhood Center of the JCC of Harrison is dedicated to enriching the lives of young children. The two’s program supports socialization and first separation of child from parent or caregiver. Three- and four-year-olds explore an environment rich in materials that promote developmental skills. Structured activities and unstructured play are offered under the guidance of warm, caring, professionally-trained teachers. Morning programs, afternoon enrichment programs, and summer programs are available. Monthly tuition-free Baby and Me, Gym On Wheels and Almost Two programs offer options for every age group.

307 Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale

Kids’ B.A.S.E. & The Little School encompass before- and after-school programs for school age children, and a preschool program for 2, 3, and 4 year olds. Kids’ B.A.S.E. offers a Breakfast Club, after-school enrichments, and sports for youngsters in kindergarten through sixth grade, until 6:30pm. The Little School provides a high quality full-day or half-day preschool program, as well as their own Breakfast Club, an extended day program until 6:30pm, enrichments, and sports. The Little School is licensed by NYS OCFS and accredited by NAEYC.

82 Prospect St., White Plains
Email Info@paow.us

Prospect Academy of Westchester (former Country Day Nursery School) is a bilingual, Montessori-based educational center in White Plains for children ages 3-5. We offer programs in Russian, German, and Italian languages, lead by native or bilingual speakers. At PAOW we develop an individual approach to each child, promote cultural fluency, increased adaptivity, cognitive and academic excellence. We prepare for kindergarten and have a small teacher-student ratio. Kids at PAOW love our library, cooking, yoga, music, gym, and large playground and classrooms. Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm and we offer extended hours.

3 Phelps Lane, Sleepy Hollow

Robin’s Nest is located on the grounds of Phelps Memorial Hospital Center. Established in 1988, we offer full-time and part-time programs, year-round, for children ages 2 months to 5 years, from 7am-6pm, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two nutritious snacks. Age-specific curriculum, half-day nursery program, before- and after-school care, vacation club during school breaks, and summer camp. Enrichment activities include music, nature programs, gymnastics, yoga, karate, language classes, field trips, Smart Board activities, and swimming lessons. Teachers have four-year degrees and CPR certifications. NAEYC accredited.

225 Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale
Email sue.tolchin@wrtemple.org

The Early Childhood Center of Westchester Reform Temple is more than just a preschool. We are dedicated to enriching young children’s lives spiritually, emotionally, socially, intellectually, and physically. We are committed to an early childhood setting that is respectful of people and materials, steeped in creativity, and encouraging an active curiosity about the world in which we live. Extended-day lunches and classes are offered for 3- and 4-year-olds. Soccer, cooking, and science. In partnership with parents, our objective is to provide a love for learning and Jewish family life.

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110 Demarest Mill Road, West Nyack

Blue Rock School is the Lower Hudson Valley’s only progressive school, serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade. We offer a unique educational experience based on a hands-on and holistic approach that nurtures children's innate love of learning, enabling them to follow their own natural curiosity and develop as independent thinkers. At Blue Rock, class sizes are small and students engage in a challenging and creative academic curriculum which is infused with the arts, nature, and play.

Campuses in Scarsdale, Larchmont, and Mamaroneck,
Nursery to Grade 1: Scarsdale Campus, 85 Palmer Ave., Scarsdale
Lower School: Larchmont Campus, 111 Larchmont Ave., Larchmont
Upper School: Mamaroneck Campus, 145 New St., Mamaroneck


The French-American School of New York, a coeducational day school for children, nursery through 12th grade, offers a dual curriculum in French and English, combining the strengths of both the French educational system and the best U.S. independent schools. Bilingualism is at the core of the FASNY experience with students graduating with the French Baccalaureate and a high school diploma. Give your child the ability to play, write, read, sing, act, raise questions, and make friends in two languages!

50 Partridge Road, White Plains
Email office@gisny.org

German International School New York welcomes families of every background with an interest in German language and culture into a dynamic, bilingual, multi-cultural pre-K through 12th grade, college preparatory day school in the heart of Westchester. The depth of our international community and the strength of our bilingual curriculum nurture children’s innate capacity for languages, enabling them to grow into adaptable, open-minded, socially responsible, global citizens. Graduates earn a New York high school diploma and the German International Baccalaureate. Our well-rounded, globally oriented program opens a world of possibilities for your child!

1 Jackson Ave, Hastings-on-Hudson

The Goddard School® teachers nurture the healthy development of children ages 6 weeks to 6 years, and encourage each child’s lifelong love of learning. The Goddard School® offers families the benefit of on-site owners and education directors who provide dependable management and open communication. Corporate quality assurance, accredited professional development, and an individualized program for each child are just a few of the ways that Goddard is defining childcare.

307 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge

Green Meadow Waldorf School in Chestnut Ridge offers Parent and Child classes for babies and toddlers up to age 3; serves children from nursery-12th grade; and also runs popular summer programs. Founded in 1950, we are one of the oldest, largest Waldorf schools in the US, with approximately 400 students. Green Meadow students go on to top colleges and fulfilling careers, and are known for their resilience and creativity. Visit gmws.org to see how we are transforming education.

340 Quaker Ridge Road, New Rochelle

Children learn to observe, think, judge, and pursue interests at their own pace. Exposed to physical and mental order, and working with materials with a purposeful design in a calm atmosphere fosters concentration, creativity, self-respect, and a solid academic foundation. Hudson’s unique approach allows children to develop their skills while pursuing their interests. Programs are available for children ages 18 months through eighth grade, with extended hours available from 7:30am-6pm.

70 W. Broad St., Mt. Vernon
70 W. Broad St., Fleetwood


Founded in 1979 on the premise that “the first years of a child’s education are the most important," The Milestone School is an independent, non-sectarian nursery-through-fourth-grade school. Celebrating 35 years of excellence, our unique, stimulating academic environment emphasizing “Early Reading” prepares students to continue on to top private schools in Westchester and NYC. Emphasizing the basics, our curriculum allows our children to explore many areas including chess, music, Spanish, yoga, and drama. Milestone provides the enriching, nurturing experience every child needs and deserves to succeed.

P.O. Box 72, Yorktown Heights

Our Montessori School provides a highly individualized, rich experience for children from 18 months through sixth grade. Our teachers promote children’s natural love of learning and let each child know that the sky’s the limit. In addition to reading, writing, math, history, and science, the programs include, (for three-year-olds and older); art, ballet, chorus, dance, instrumental music, physical education, Spanish, and French. Latin, drama, and chess are added for first grade and older—all during the regular school day. Morning and afternoon extended day and monthly Parents’ Night Out are available.

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SUNY Purchase,

Do you want a Jewish education for your child without joining a synagogue? CJEG is a community-based school that emphasizes Jewish cultural studies, including Jewish tradition, history, and holidays, for children in kindergarten-seventh grade. We offer a professional teaching staff supported by a parent coop administration. Private or group bar and bat mitzvah lessons are also available. Classes are held Sunday mornings at the SUNY Purchase campus. For more information, please visit our website, cjeg.org.

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1 Skyline Drive, Suite 298, Hawthorne

KidAbilities is a group of occupational, physical, and speech therapists dedicated to helping children develop physical, sensory, verbal, and social skills. Our unique approach includes cutting-edge treatment (NDT, Sensory Integration, listening therapies, eating therapy, PROMPT, sensory diets) conducted in state-of-the-art sensory gyms and treatment areas. Skills develop and positive self-images emerge while children have fun. KidAbilities group offerings: Play Partners, a social-skills group, ‘Write, On’ (develops writing skills), Mommy, Massage Me, (classes for parents to learn how to massage their baby).