The Freshman are our youngest students, and for many this is their first experience being away from a parent or caregiver. They spend lots of time in their home-base classroom, where students learn the fundamentals of being in school and making new friends. Class begins with a 10-minute “Circle Time” and the day includes concrete, developmentally-appropriate activities to help them begin learning letters, shapes, colors and numbers.
Our Sophomore class is the stepping stone to Pre-K, where our three-year-olds expand their work with letters, numbers and basic math. They engage in fine motor skill development as a precursor to handwriting and begin to explore exciting concepts in science and social studies in an age-appropriate context. The class is designed to foster independence and creative thinking within a safe, warm and nurturing environment.
Senior South Classroom
The Senior South classroom, adjacent to Jellystone Park, shares a Pre-K curriculum with Senior North. This comprehensive program includes literacy, math, science, social studies, fine arts and music, balanced with ample time for free and imaginative play to encourage social and emotional growth. We utilize the Wilson Fundations Reading Program and the Building Blocks math program, endorsed by Bank Street Education Center, and other cutting-edge teaching methods.
Senior North Classroom
The Senior North Pre-K/Kindergarten class prepares children for Kindergarten or first grade and is usually comprised of our older 4s and 5s. Mirroring the Senior South curriculum, small group work in both classrooms ensures that students receive individualized attention and learn at their own levels. Senior classes also collaborate on large thematic units including astronomy, the Senior Art Museum (SAM) exhibition and our Native American unit and Pow Wow.
This specially designed room is a place where all of our students’ needs are met for a well-balanced ‘sensory diet.’ They can relax on bean bag chairs with noise cancelling headphones or quietly look at a book to manage sensory overload – or, engage with fun, hands-on activities like the ball pit, sand table and stepping stones that encourage tactile stimulation for children who are more sensory seeking.
Feel like being a construction worker, ballerina, firefighter, chef or astronaut? Perhaps you would like to prepare a meal or go shopping for groceries? This dramatic play room is equipped with dress-up clothes, model NJ diner, supermarket, kitchen, train table… just about anything to spark your child’s imagination!
This is the perfect spot for our talented students to create a beautiful artistic masterpiece! Here they develop fine motor skills, explore their creativity and expand their artistic vocabulary while getting messy and having fun. Pre-K/Kindergarten students engage in our Fine Arts program where they learn about a wide range of artists, media and techniques culminating in our annual Senior Art Museum (SAM) exhibition each spring.
Rain Forest Cafe
Eating snack, lunch or preparing food in Kids Café, one of our favorite afternoon Kids Clubs, it’s always fun to visit our very own Rainforest Cafe! Meals are also an opportunity for children to develop language, emotional and social skills.
Jellystone Park is our multi-purpose room where students enjoy child-directed free play or gather for special programming. We also welcome visitors from throughout the community to present on topics including fire safety, animals and their habitats, the environment, Native American life, multicultural studies and more.
This is where PSA kids move to the beat or enjoy music classes, playing instruments and learning about different genres of music. Dance Club, one of our weekly afternoon Kid’s Clubs meets here – and where our students practice for the annual April Dance Recital.
Walking down our spacious hallways is where you will find bulletin boards showing off kids’ artwork as well as our ‘Today We’ postings, where parents and caregivers can read all about the important work done throughout the school day. The ‘Today We’ posting is also emailed to parents daily.
James’ Place playhouse, built in 2008, is a Park Street Academy favorite. Built by parents and staff in memory of a former Park Street Academy student, this delightful pretend ice cream shop is a beloved feature of the outdoor play area.
Our spacious fenced in playground is the perfect place to climb, slide, play with our giant tic-tac-toe board, or run around the field playing tag or kicking a soccer ball! Children learn to negotiate, share, pretend and take turns while they enjoy the outdoors.
Our facility includes a full-sized gym, giving Park Street Academy students a large open space for running and free play during inclement weather. The gym plays host to Tennis and Super Sports classes, some of our optional afternoon enrichment programs, and the school’s annual dance recital each April.
Mornings begin with a stop in Cubby Cove. Each child has their own individual cubby where lunches, jackets and personal items are stowed, and parents can pick up artwork and school notices. (Senior North cubbies are located in Beat Street, within their home-based classroom).