UPDATED JANUARY 2014: Consult our guide to find schools and education programs in Westchester, whether it be preschools, private schools, public schools, tutors, teachers, educational programs or learning programs for Westchester kids.
THE CENTER FOR LITERACY ENRICHMENT AT PACE UNIVERSITY
78 N. Broadway, White Plains
The Center for Literacy Enrichment offers tutoring in reading and writing to children age 5 to 8th Grade. Three programs are offered during the year: a Monday-Friday morning program for 5-year-olds; an afterschool program for elementary and middle school students every day after school and on Saturday morning; and a summer program during the month of July from 9am-3pm for elementary and middle school students.
DICKER READING METHOD
75 Brook St., Scarsdale
Our revolutionary reading program will teach any child to read, even children diagnosed as learning disabled, dyslexic, or with ADD or ADHD. Whether your child is reading above, below, or at grade level, he or she will accomplish 3–6 years of reading achievement in just one year. Parents will see immediate improvement in reading achievement, comprehension, and vocabulary development. Over 10,000 children, from pre-school 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.
MATHNASIUM OF SCARSDALE
747 White Plains Road, Scarsdale
Mathnasium makes math make sense! The goal is to 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 and prescriptive learning program. Each student follows the program with the help of specially trained Mathnasium math tutors who provide instruction—and lots of warm encouragement. At Mathnasium the mission is simple, to teach children math the way that makes sense to them.
MUSIC CONSERVATORY OF WESTCHESTER
216 Central Park Ave., White Plains
Enroll for spring and summer now! Music Conservatory of Westchester provides high quality instruction in all instruments, and voice for students of all ages and abilities. In addition, MCW offers chamber music and ensembles, classes in music theory (including AP theory), musical theatre, jazz, rock, and pop. The Music Therapy Institute serves children and adults on campus and in partnerships throughout Westchester. Our programs and collaborations cultivate lifelong learning and a sense of community through the joy of music making. View our 2013-14 catalog online.
PRE-SCHOOL READING PROGRAM BY THE DICKER READING METHOD
75 Brook St., Scarsdale
Your 3-, 4-, or 5-year-old child will learn 15 to 30 words in their first session. Then they will learn to read their first book fluently. Every two months, your preschooler or kindergartner will achieve one year of reading enrichment. Their self-esteem will soar as they develop a love for reading and school. It’s easy, fun, and life's most exciting game.
1600 Harrison Ave., Suite 105, Mamaroneck
Voted "Best Social Skills Group 2013" by Westchester magazine, Sociable Kidz® provides social skills groups for children ages 3-12. The small groups ensure that your child receives individualized attention including problem-solving, sharing, taking turns, coping mechanisms, anti-bullying techniques, etc., using hands-on activities, games, role playing, and social stories. We are now offering after-school programs: SK Fun with Legos, SK Science Club, and SK Arts and Crafts. Plus our NEW Saturday Preschool Class from 9-9:45am.
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION SCHOOL
53 Winter Hill Road, Tuckahoe
Immaculate Conception School is a PreK-8th Grade Catholic elementary school. Our students enjoy an innovative technology lab with Apple MacBooks, cameras, and video equipment, interactive Smart and Promethean Boards in every classroom, departmental middle school, hands-on learning at every level, and Catholic Faith Formation. Extended day programs include early drop-off, after-care until 6pm, and a variety of after-school sports and clubs. Our gym is complete and ready for the school year. The school is accredited by the Archdiocese of New York, NYS Department of Education, and AdvancED Accreditation Commission.
FOR KIDS ONLY
577 N. State Road, Briarcliff Manor
For Kids Only, operating since 1996, offers flexible programs for children ages 2.9-12 years. Our full-time program operates daily from 7am-6pm. Additional hours are available through our extended-hours program. We offer before- or after-school care. Before school, we serve breakfast and put children on their respective buses. Our after-school program (grades K-7) provides an environment where children interact, receive homework help, use our outdoor playground, and enjoy free-choice activities. We also offer Kung-Fu twice a week with Lao Shr Matt Lapidus.
3 Phelps Lane, Sleepy Hollow
Established in 1988, we offer full-time and part-time programs, year ‘round, for children ages 2 mos.-5 yrs., 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.
WESTCHESTER REFORM TEMPLE EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
225 Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale
The Early Childhood Center (ECC) of Westchester Reform Temple is 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 encourages an active curiosity about the world in which we live. Extended-Day lunches/classes offered for 3s and 4s. Soccer, Cooking, Science, and more! In partnership with parents, our objective is to provide a love for learning and Jewish family life. WRTECC is licensed by New York State’s Office of Children and Family Services.
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, and offering a unique educational experience based on a hands-on and holistic approach that nurtures children's innate love of learning, enables 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. Open House dates: Jan. 25 and Mar. 1 at 10am. Registration required.
THE GODDARD SCHOOL
62 Triangle Center, Yorktown Heights
1 Jackson Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson
The Goddard School® teachers nurture the healthy development of children from ages 6 weeks to 6 years, and encourage each child’s lifelong love of learning. The Goddard School® offers families the benefit of onsite 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 child care.
GREEN MEADOW WALDORF SCHOOL
307 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge
Green Meadow Waldorf School in Chestnut Ridge (in Rockland County, just over the Tappan Zee Bridge) offers Parent & Child classes for babies and toddlers up to age 3, serves children from Nursery-12th grade, and also runs popular Farm Days & Garden Days summer programs. Founded in 1950, we are one of the oldest, largest Waldorf schools in the US, with about 350 students. Green Meadow students go on to top colleges, fulfilling careers, and are known for their resilience and creativity. Visit gmws.org to see how we are transforming education.
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, 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 from 15 months through 8th 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 4th-grade school. Celebrating 33 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 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 co-ed school that attracts students 40 different countries, and teaches French, Spanish, Italian, Latin, Greek, German, and Japanese. The 2013 graduating class of 20 amassed $750,000 in academic awards and scholarships, early admission to Barnard and a full scholarship to Case Western Reserve. 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.
969 Lake Ave., Greenwich
A recognized leader in education since 1958, Whitby’s innovative Montessori and International Baccalaureate (IB) program readies students within a global community of learners to thrive in today’s dynamic world. Highly trained and energetic teachers provide individualized attention. Students age 18 mos.-grade 8 enthusiastically engage in learning, are inspired by their own discoveries, and find there is no limit to what they can achieve. Whitby students graduate with proficiency in at least two languages and find success in future pursuits. Whitby is located on a beautiful 25-acre campus on Lake Avenue in Greenwich.
BRAIN BALANCE ACHIEVEMENT CENTER OF NORWALK
15 Cross St., Norwalk
49 W. Allendale Ave.
Allendale, NJ 07401
At Brain Balance Achievement Centers, we don’t just work with a child’s strengths or provide strategies to compensate for a weakness, we tackle your child’s learning, behavioral, or developmental challenge head on, by addressing the core issues at the most fundamental level. We integrate cognitive, sensory-motor, and nutritional training into a unique, drug-free, whole-child approach that goes beyond the symptoms to address root causes. Every child deserves the opportunity to reach their fullest social and academic potential. Stop in or call to learn more about the Brain Balance Program® and how we can help your child succeed.
NYU SUMMER PROGRAM FOR KIDS
At The College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle
A seven-week, evidence-based, therapeutic day program exclusively for children ages 7-11 with ADHD and behavior disorders. The focus of the program is to build self-esteem and help children develop attentional, organizational, and friendship skills. Clinical psychologists and qualified teachers supervise undergraduate and graduate-level counselors. There is a 1:1 or 1:2 teacher-to-student ratio. The program is directed by Dr. Karen Fleiss, a nationally renowned clinical psychologist and expert in the treatment of children with ADHD. Enrollment is limited.