A Pre-Kindergarten - Grade 12 co-educational independent day school in Westchester County, New York

Lower School Curriculum Guide


The kindergarten program addresses the developmental needs and interests of five and six year old learners. The spacious classrooms are filled with educational materials such as building blocks, math manipulatives, SmartBoards, cozy book corners, as well as an area for classroom meetings, dramatic play, painting, writing, and drawing. Responsive Classroom’s philosophy plays an important role in providing students with the tools to effectively interact with each other and develop respect for the learning process.

Students engage in classroom activities that support their growth as communicators, readers, mathematical thinkers, and productive community members. They are provided with time to problem-solve, question, and understand. Children are also given the opportunity to cultivate their own interests through play. Learning extends to include special area classes, field trips, and outdoor play. Physical education, music, science, library, art, and computer classes are an integral part of a kindergartner’s life at school. In all of the disciplines, teachers guide students in developing behaviors that foster independent work as well as cooperative learning.