Learning, play, social growth, and just plain fun at Spuyten Duyvil have been part of our children’s early experiences for more than 90 years.
At our beautiful school in the Bronx serving the communities of Kingsbridge, Riverdale, and Inwood, we provide thoughtfully developed programs for a diverse student body of three- and four-year-old children. Part of this experience is our commitment to involve parents in the early education of their children. We emphasize easy access and frequent contact between Spuyten Duyvil families and Spuyten Duyvil teachers. We’re always focused on building richer lives for our children, not only during the school day but through an entire school experience that leaves everyone with the lasting gifts only education can impart.
We’re delighted to tell you all about our school‘s programs, personnel and purpose. You are welcome to be our guest for an open house or a guided tour. We are committed to providing your child a rich school experience. Our school is unique in the area for the choice of program and personalization of childcare schedules. In this way we further the connection between home and school; when parents’ schedules can be accommodated, children can move more easily between these two important areas of their lives. Children that feel safe are much more open to absorbing and exploring all the experiences we provide during their time with us.
Our private program for three-year-old children, as well as our Lunch Bunch Program for 3’s staying for extended hours, meet in the first floor room of our school. The 40 children in our PreK for four-year-olds meet upstairs on the second floor of our beautiful historic building.
Our newly renovated front yard has expanded space for parents to gather, groups of children to meet and work in “the farm,” and host family and community events. Our wooded backyard holds our unique climbing equipment and parent-built sandbox; it is surprisingly peaceful and quiet given its urban setting, and one has the sense of being in the country while in the city. Children are outdoors daily year-round.
Our calendar is similar to the New York City public schools calendar, and it makes allowances for major holidays, snow days, holiday breaks, and vacations.
Founded as a parent cooperative, we have maintained the pioneering principles of that commitment. We encourage parents to spend time with their children when their schedules permit. We think this is particularly important for the healthy development of children who are making the transition from a world that revolves almost entirely around the home to one that includes the stimulating opportunities that can only arise in carefully planned programs for young children.
At Spuyten Duyvil Preschool, we also plan several events during the school year when parents, children, and staff come together for a social experience. Our families participate in seasonal events throughout the year – Fall Festival, Family Breakfasts, Spring Garden Party, and Mini Mall.
If you are considering Spuyten Duyvil, you really must visit. You’ll be able to observe classes where our students learn through painting, cooking, writing, art, block building, and puzzle-solving. You’ll see a school where children not only learn and play in safe, attractive surroundings, but also get to see nature as the seasons change. Our faculty can’t do this on their own; they get lots of help from our birds, butterflies, trees, and flowers in our backyard and the front garden.
Our classrooms are comfortable, light, airy, and arranged to facilitate the children’s cognitive and social-emotional development. They are all thoroughly equipped with developmentally appropriate equipment and materials.
Nothing about the Spuyten Duyvil experience would be possible without an outstanding school staff. We have one staff member for every six students, a ratio that provides the perfect balance of supervised and peer-to-peer interaction for each student. Every student gets a tremendous amount of attention, and the proper amount of freedom to make the first steps toward developing an independent social personality.
We provide the Spuyten Duyvil experience at costs that represent an outstanding value. We have a financial assistance and scholarship program to help with costs for Nursery and Lunch Bunch programs. For children turning four years of age during the calendar year, PreK 4 is free of charge for over 6 hrs. a day, five days per week.
For our Nursery program, we invite you to download an application form from this web site. For information about PreK 4, funded by the New York City Department of Education, please read our Programs page. To learn about the application process, please visit the NYC DOE UPK web. You can also email, write, or phone us for any information you might want that we haven’t provided here; please start on our contact information page.