Kindergarten is an important milestone in a child’s life, filled with academic and social growth. Students are immersed in a classroom that is a safe place for them to learn, grow, and explore. The daily skills that students practice in Kindergarten are the building blocks for their future success in school and in life.
Students are encouraged, celebrated for their progress, and guided to gain self-confidence and a love of learning. Teachers strive to create experiences that are imaginative, interactive, integrated, and fun!
Age: Children who turn five years old prior to September 1 of the academic year
Class size: Each class has an average of 18 students, with two head teachers
Curriculum: First year of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program
Languages: Spanish and Mandarin, additional languages available for a fee in after-school programs
Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:30 am–2:30 pm
On any given day, you may find our Kindergarten students:
- Developing their knowledge of letter sounds and phonics through songs, shared reading, and hands-on activities
- Using manipulatives and blocks to create, collaborate, and develop their problem-solving skills
- Reading and working with their book buddies from Grade 5
- Using their knowledge of simple machines to plan and create inventions in the "Invention Center"
- Spending time in the Studio, where they create and learn more about science, technology, art, and engineering
- Taking neighborhood walks to observe and learn more about New York City and comparing it to other cities around the world
- Bringing in their families to share and teach their classmates about the cultures and traditions special and unique to them
Our kindergarten classrooms balance inquiry-based, student-directed time with large group, teacher-directed experiences. Using the PYP Learner Profile and PYP Attitudes as a guide, students learn to become independent thinkers, communicators, and risk-takers. Six-week Units of Inquiry allow students and teachers to explore science or social studies-based themes in depth. Daily activities include Morning Meeting, small group work, discussion, problem solving, open exploration, P.E., and outside play in nearby Riverside Park. Math, English Language Arts (ELA), science, and social studies are woven seamlessly into the daily schedule, providing students with an authentic learning experience. Weekly specials include music, library, and studio (art and science) in addition to language study in both Spanish and Mandarin.
During the school year, kindergarten students have several opportunities to explore Dwight’s Main Campus at 89th Street and Central Park West, whether they are visiting their third grade reading buddies, listening to a high school biology teacher talk about fossils, or attending a community meeting or assembly. When the time comes to move up to first grade, our students are prepared and excited about their transition to “Big Dwight.”
Watch Dwight's Kindergarten on The Today Show!