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The Green Vale School, founded in 1923, is one of the nation's premier elementary schools and is Long Island's largest independent elementary school. Families from 35 school districts are drawn to the School by the outstanding faculty, excellent facilities and small classes in Pre-nursery through eighth grade. Upon graduation, Green Vale students are well prepared to thrive at the nation's finest and most challenging secondary schools, colleges and universities. 


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Green Vale's 40 acre campus is home to five indoor and outdoor science labs; art, choral, band and crafts studios; seven playing fields; a new athletic and fitness center; and virtually all classrooms are wireless and equipped with SMART Boards. Green Vale's Early Childhood Center, built in 2000, was designed exclusively for 2 to 5 year olds and features heated floors, low windows, an outdoor playground and group spaces for collaborative learning.

The Green Vale school holds our students’ safety in the utmost importance with campus wide surveillance, vehicle I.D. tags, five security guards on premises, automated security gates, and the guard shed at Green Vale’s main entrance.

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Come and visit Green Vale.  Walk the hallways, observe a literature discussion group, listen to a concert rehearsal, monitor a Harkness Table discussion, watch our youngest students bound off to technology, science, art and sports - - all of these moments provide a glimpse into the school where every child is known and every child is Inspired to Excel, to Lead and to Care.

Please call 516-628-5146 to arrange a personalized campus tour and visit with the Director of Admissions. 

The Green Vale School has partnered with many outside camps during 2018. Half-day Mini Camps, i2 STEM Camp, New York Giants Football Camp, No Limit Boys Lacrosse Camp, Chess Camp, New York Yankees Baseball Camp. Please visit for details about each camp.  


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For Green Vale, It’s Full STEAM Ahead from Age 4 



A sprawling campus, vibrant faculty, small class sizes, and a rigorous program are hallmarks of The Green Vale School, a premier Pre-Nursery through 8th Grade independent elementary school on Long Island since 1923. A vital component of learning at Green Vale is early exposure to their Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) curriculum.

On March 2, Deborah Gaccione’s Pre-Kindergarten students built volcanoes and explored what household ingredients would cause an eruption. The students created volcanoes using salt dough wrapped around water bottles, before using water, baking soda and vinegar to see what quantities of each were needed for the volcano to finally erupt. The students beamed with curiosity, excitement, and joy as they experimented with each fizzing agent.

“Our class has been studying dinosaurs for the month of February,” said Gaccione. “Studying a topic for a month gives us an opportunity to explore all areas of curriculum – math, language, art, handwriting and science. We have sharpened our math skills by following a recipe to make dough to form fossils. The students have become paleontologists by carefully using brushes to uncover fossils in our sand-filled sensory table. As a culminating lesson for our dinosaur unit we constructed our volcanoes. We discussed how scientific experiments sometimes work and sometimes fail and that is how experiments work.”


“Students in Pre-K are curious learners who thrive in an environment rich in all academic and social areas. It is important for children in Pre-K to be exposed to hands-on scientific learning at an early age to foster a lifelong love of science. Pre-K is an important part of building a solid foundation for the love of learning and an amazing opportunity to allow students to explore all areas of curriculum,” added Gaccione.       


Starting in Early Childhood, Green Vale students have an incredibly in-depth Science curriculum that is both hands-on and dynamic. Kindergarten students have a lab-based Science program which continues through 8th Grade, and students have access to five dedicated Science teachers and five Science Labs. In an age when STEAM is vital to our children’s education and their future, Green Vale’s curriculum and facilities continue to be at the forefront of Long Island schools.

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Green Vale hosts two week-long sessions of camp each June for ages 2-14. A half-day format allows kids to dive into one of more than 20 offerings including outdoor games, art, science play, cooking, leadership, and sports. All camps are led by Green Vale’s renowned teachers on a 40-acre campus. For complete camp listings, visit

Meet the Director

Melissa Noga is a life-long Long Islander. Only leaving the Island to attend The University of Delaware, Melissa earned her bachelor of science degree in education. Upon her return, she attained her master of science degree in literacy from C.W. Post. After teaching first grade for 7 years at Green Vale, she created their math enrichment program and currently holds the position of lower school math specialist. Since 2009, Ms. Noga has directed the two-week summer program held during the last weeks of June on Green Vale’s beautiful 40-acre campus.

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