Park Street Academy
Serving Children Ages 2 ½ to 6 Years Old
Park Street Academy preschool in Montclair, New Jersey, has been a fixture in the community since we opened our doors in 1996. Our student population is diverse and we pride ourselves on recognizing the importance of celebrating different cultures. We also understand the challenge of raising knowledgeable, responsible and caring children. Our students come to school eager to learn and integrate new information into their every day lives. We help our children to become responsible and caring by helping them understand risks and opportunities, to see beyond themselves, and to appreciate the concerns of others. Park Street families quickly learn that they are a part of a community that is welcoming, nurturing and sincerely concerned about them.
Goals of Park Street Academy
Many important learning and life skills are formed during early childhood education. Reading and math, science and social studies, performing and fine arts, as well as fine and gross motor activities are incorporated into every level of our program.
Our primary goals are to:
Enable children to see themselves as unique individuals, and to become aware of, and appreciate the differences of others
Foster the development of positive social and emotional well-being and confidence
Provide experiences in all academic areas through the use of thematic units that incorporate a multi-modal approach to learning
Develop a sense of curiosity and the ability to observe, explore and analyze information using critical thinking skills
Emphasize the importance of physical fitness for brain development and facilitate the advancement of coordination and motor skills
Encourage independence, respect and self-control
A Day at PSA begins at your “cubby,” where you and your child will meet friends and store belongings. From here, it’s quick goodbyes as children are greeted and welcomed into their home-base classrooms.
The school day starts with “Circle Time,” a time to promote social and emotional learning while discussing the day ahead. Circle Time activities include the alphabet, phonemic awareness, numbers, shapes, calendar and weather. Song and movement are used to express and reinforce these concepts. Pre-K and Kindergarten classes incorporate higher level skill-building in reading, math, current events and geography.
Following Circle Time, classes will rotate throughout the school to our theme-based classrooms. Students may have a science lesson in Newton’s Orchard, or create an artistic masterpiece in Picasso’s Place. Imagination Station, our dramatic play area, provides an opportunity to role-play grown-up jobs as well as explore the world through the art of pretend. Learning Lab is the perfect place for cutting, drawing, puzzles and other manipulatives that help to develop fine motor skills, and music and dance classes take place in Beat Street. Our balanced program provides ample time for free play and physical activity in our spacious, fenced-in play yard, or in our full-sized gymnasium! Our multi-purpose playroom, Jellystone Park, provides space for special presentations and gatherings. Sensory Station is a therapeutic room where kids can relax or engage in a variety of sensory experiences. Throughout the day, children sit down together to eat snacks and lunch and to socialize, while our younger students will have time for rest or nap. Our exciting afternoon program is filled with structured enrichment activities, organized games, free play and storytime.
At Park Street Academy, we believe that each child is a special individual with different abilities and strengths. We consider it our job to identify, maximize and build on these strengths by helping students develop the academic and social skills they need for the future. Above all, our curriculum and educational philosophy are geared towards fostering self-esteem in every child. Your child’s growth and happiness are as important to us as they are to you. Together, we can provide a foundation and motivation for a lifetime of successful learning.