UPDATED JANUARY 2015: 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.
Academic Enrichment & Educational Services
THE CHILDREN'S JEWISH EDUCATION GROUP
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 grades K–7. We offer a professional teaching staff supported by a parent co-op administration. Private or group bar/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.
DICKER READING METHOD
75 Brook St., Scarsdale
Our revolutionary reading program will teach any child to read, including children diagnosed with a learning disability, dyslexia, or ADD or ADHD. Whether your child is reading above, below, or at grade level, he or she will accomplish three to six years of reading achievement in just one year. Parents will see immediate improvement in reading achievement, comprehension, and vocabulary development. More than 10,000 children, from preschool to 12th grade, have accomplished these remarkable results. Your child's grades, confidence, and self-esteem will soar as they learn to love reading and school.
HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTER
Eastchester Shopping Center
721 White Plains Road, Scarsdale
650 Central Ave., Scarsdale
335 Downing Drive
58 East Route 59, Nanuet
Huntington is your tutoring solution for students in grades K-12. At Huntington, our certified teachers will help your child achieve his or her academic goals. We offer tutoring in basic skills such as reading, vocabulary, phonics, spelling, math, and study skills, as well as subject tutoring in high school math and science. We also work with students to prepare them for high-stakes tests including high school entrance exams, state tests, Advance Placement exams, and the SAT or ACT.
193 Tarrytown Road, White Plains
Explore veterinary medicine with real veterinarians and learn how they think and work. Use real tools and medical equipment to diagnose and treat your own "patient." After-school classes are held at Veterinary Emergency Group, Westchester's premier emergency veterinary hospital. Each class focuses on a different topic including bones, blood, even surgery! Through media-rich lectures, supplemental hands-on, medical workshops, live animals, demonstrations, and exciting games, kids will learn all about being a vet from someone who does it (and loves it) every day. Email, visit our website, or call for class schedule and registration.
747 White Plains Road, Scarsdale
1009 Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck
Mathnasium makes math make sense! They will significantly increase your child's math skills, understanding of math concepts, and overall school performance, while building confidence and forging a positive attitude toward the subject. Using sophisticated techniques to determine what a student does and does not know, they tailor-make a personalized learning program for each student. Specially trained Mathnasium instructors lead students through a personalized program providing lots of warm encouragement along the way. At Mathnasium, the mission is simple: to teach children math the way that makes sense to them.
SYLVAN LEARNING CENTER
850 Bronx River Road
Bronxville, NY 10708
180 S. Broadway
White Plains, NY 10605
As the leading provider of tutoring to students in grades K-12, Sylvan teaches reading, math, writing, study skills, and SAT/ACT Prep. Sylvan's trained and state-certified teachers provide personalized instruction to each student using curriculum aligned with Common Core state standards and iPad technology. At Sylvan, students develop the skills and motivation to do better in school and the confidence to do better in everything else. Sylvan Learning Centers are locally owned and operated in Bronxville and White Plains.
ANN AND ANDY CHILD CARE
2170 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford
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.
KIDS' B.A.S.E. & THE LITTLE SCHOOL
307 Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale
Kids' B.A.S.E. & The Little School encompasses a before- and after-school program for school-age children, and a pre-school program for 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds. Kids' B.A.S.E. provides quality before- and after-school programming for youngsters in kindergarten-sixth grades, and enrichment programs in the afternoon. The Little School provides a high-quality, full-day or half-day preschool program. It is licensed by NYS OCFS and accredited by NAEYC. For more information or to request an application, please call 914-472-5409 or visit kbls.org.
44 Village Green, Bedford
In September 2015, Landmark Preschool will offer programs for 2- through four-year-olds at their 44 Village Green location in Bedford. Landmark has 40 years of experience developing differentiated learning strategies to meet each child’s needs in a nurturing environment. The three-hour day runs from 9am-12pm, and balances social-emotional, cognitive, and physical development. The program offers early literacy and math skill development, as well as art, science, technology, and music instruction with classroom specialists, outdoor play, and cooking activities. Visit our Open House on Feb. 11 from 10am-12pm. Landmark Preschool is a non-sectarian, not-for-profit preschool.
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 nutritional snacks. Age-specific curriculums, half-day nursery program, before- and after-school care, vacation club during school breaks, and summer camp. Enrichment activities include music, nature programs, gymnastic, yoga, karate, language classes, field trips, Smart Board activities, and swimming lessons. Teachers have four-year degrees and CPR certifications. NAEYC accredited.
ST. CATHARINE EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
517 Western Highway, Blauvelt
Our program provides an opportunity for young children to join together in a loving, nurturing, educational, fun environment. Each child is introduced to a full curriculum of early learning in a center-based setting. Hands-on activities and participation in all areas provide the perfect setting for young children to develop and grow. Each child is recognized as a unique individual with many special talents and abilities. Phonemic awareness skills, social, cognitive, and fine and gross motor skills are introduced through a creative curriculum. A wonderful place for preschoolers to learn, grow, and have fun!
130 Flandreau Ave., New Rochelle
The Nurtury is committed to promoting quality, full-time Montessori child care for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years. The first six years of life is when intelligence and personality are formed. We greatly understand this concept, and as a result, the Nurtury has set the standard for full-time Montessori child care. Our vision for the Nurtury is of a "gentler, kinder" world. The Nurtury will be a sanctuary of peace, empathy, and gentleness, even in our increasingly fast-paced society. Please call today for a tour.
WESTCHESTER REFORM TEMPLE EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
225 Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale
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, science, and more! In partnership with parents, our objective is to provide a love for learning and Jewish family life.
BLUE ROCK SCHOOL
110 Demarest Mill Road, West Nyack
Blue Rock School is the Lower Hudson Valley’s only progressive school, serving students in Kindergarten through 8th 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. Winter Information Session: Jan. 24 at 10am. Registration required.
FOR KIDS ONLY
577 N. State Road, Briarcliff Manor
Operating since 1996, For Kids Only offers flexible programs for children ages 2.9-12 years. Our full-time program runs daily from 7am-6pm. Our extended-hours program runs from 9am-12pm, with additional hours available. We offer before- and/or after-school care. Before school, we serve breakfast and keep the children engaged until their respective buses arrive. After school, children in grades K-7 have snack, interact, receive homework help, use our outdoor playground, and enjoy free-choice activities. We also offer kung fu classes and piano lessons twice a week.
FRENCH-AMERICAN SCHOOL OF NEW YORK (FASNY)
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!
GERMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL NEW YORK (GIS)
50 Partridge Road, White Plains
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!
THE GODDARD SCHOOL®
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.
HUDSON COUNTRY MONTESSORI SCHOOL
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.
THE MILESTONE SCHOOL
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.
100 Overlook Circle, New Rochelle
Thornton-Donovan School, located in the heart of New Rochelle’s Beechmont section, was founded in 1901. T-D is an independent, international, K-12 coed school that attracts students from 40 different countries, and teaches French, Spanish, Italian, Latin, Greek, German, and Japanese. T-D has pioneered international and thematic education for decades, recently focusing on Italy, Argentina, and Alaska. Call or visit online to learn about T-D and its 40 sister schools worldwide.