43rd Street Kids Preschool Inc

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  • 484 W 43rd St 47T

    New York, NY 10036

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  • 212-564-7496

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We are on round 2 here with our 2nd daughter (just under 2) in first steps. Our first is now nearly 8 and went from here to a private school with highly competitive entry. The school isn't set up to feed private schools, though: a good number of kids end up at Midtown West, most years 1 or 2 get into Hunter, some go to the Anderson program, others to Special Music, and others scatter throughout the other public elementary schools and parochial schools. \r\n\r\nThere have been some changes since daughter number 1 was here, both in staff and in the type of parents. The highly experienced and (in my opinion) brilliant if batty teacher who ran the classes for the youngest children has left. She has been replaced by a young Italian woman who is just coming into her own and whom the children absolutely adore. There have been other staff changes for the afternoon session of the main preschool, but I'm not qualified to comment on these. As far as the families are concerned, there seems to have been a change towards more professional types and slightly away from the performing arts families who live in the buildings where the school is located. Whether this is a good thing depends on your point of view; I think that the earlier mix was probably slightly better.\r\n\r\nThe school is run as a cooperative. Parents take part in fund raising and cleaning and perform committee work. If they don't want to, they can pay (quite a lot) more. On our round 1, nobody chose this option; now 5 or 6 do, and they aren't paying enough as fund raising hours have increased for the coop parents, which ought not to be necessary. Having present parents running a school has its drawbacks, too: personalities sometimes become involved, and it has been known for presidents of the board to become overstimulated by their enormous power!\r\n\r\nThis place is quirky, but it is delightful and it gets the job done. Desperate strivers do not, however, fit in and should avoid it. You know who you are!

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We are on round 2 here with our 2nd daughter (just under 2) in first steps. Our first is now nearly 8 and went from here to a private school with highly competitive entry. The school isn't set up to feed private schools, though: a good number of kids end up at Midtown West, most years 1 or 2 get into Hunter, some go to the Anderson program, others to Special Music, and others scatter throughout the other public elementary schools and parochial schools. \r\n\r\nThere have been some changes since daughter number 1 was here, both in staff and in the type of parents. The highly experienced and (in my opinion) brilliant if batty teacher who ran the classes for the youngest children has left. She has been replaced by a young Italian woman who is just coming into her own and whom the children absolutely adore. There have been other staff changes for the afternoon session of the main preschool, but I'm not qualified to comment on these. As far as the families are concerned, there seems to have been a change towards more professional types and slightly away from the performing arts families who live in the buildings where the school is located. Whether this is a good thing depends on your point of view; I think that the earlier mix was probably slightly better.\r\n\r\nThe school is run as a cooperative. Parents take part in fund raising and cleaning and perform committee work. If they don't want to, they can pay (quite a lot) more. On our round 1, nobody chose this option; now 5 or 6 do, and they aren't paying enough as fund raising hours have increased for the coop parents, which ought not to be necessary. Having present parents running a school has its drawbacks, too: personalities sometimes become involved, and it has been known for presidents of the board to become overstimulated by their enormous power!\r\n\r\nThis place is quirky, but it is delightful and it gets the job done. Desperate strivers do not, however, fit in and should avoid it. You know who you are!

 

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