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Old 11-03-2010, 05:16 AM
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I know that public schools in Westchester generally have a good rep. but since there are deadlines to consider I'm looking at private schools first. I visited Hudson Country Montessori and it was ok but by NYC standards (we applied to Bank Street) not great. I researched Thornton Donovan and read some shady things about the principal. Mount Tom Day School in Pelham didn't seem too impressive eaither but I wrote to them and never heard back. I do not want a religious school of any kind so that leaves out quite a few. The French American and the German School are out since we are neither. I would love a bilingual Spanish or an International School but I haven't found any. My children will be 3 and 5 for the 2011 academic school year.

Does anyone have any other suggestions? I don't know when application deadlines are in Westchester but I might be cutting it close.
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Old 11-03-2010, 10:31 AM
 
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I taught at a NYC private school similar to Bank Street so I think I know what you might be looking for. There's a school in West Nyack (across the Tappan Zee Bridge) that's called the Blue Rock School Blue Rock School Home Page I have never visited, know no one who works there/sends their kids there but when I have kids it's it definitely one of the schools I intend to investigate. For your 3 year old you might look into the Early Childhood Center at Sarah Lawrence in Yonkers/Bronxville. The Early Childhood Center
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There's also the Elmwood Day School Home | Elmwood Day School that's pretty new from what I understand.
Depending on where in Westchester you intend to live you might also want to look into schools in Connecticut.
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Old 11-03-2010, 12:47 PM
 
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We had our two little ones at Liberty Montessori in Mamaroneck for the past two years. I was quite happy with it. There are many international students there. They are exposed to music, Spanish, Japanese, and French. They emphasize science and the arts as well. The kindergartners do great science projects each year. My three year old came home at various times talking about Martin Luther King Jr.'s message, the art of Van Gogh, and the seven continents. Our daughters flourished there. I preferred it to Hudson when I was looking at schools. I'd also checked out Mt. Tom, which is in a lovely old mansion with a fascinating history. I found Mt. Tom to be a bit too touchy feely (and I'm pretty crunchy myself). When I checked it out the Director emphasized repeatedly that self-esteem was their primary emphasis. I found the classes to be a bit too chaotic and free-form for my tastes. I appreciated the academics, structure and discipline of Liberty, which is a fairly traditional Montessori school. The teachers at Liberty were loving, calm, and very responsive to the children...each child was challenged to his/her own levels and interests. It's definitely worth considering if you like the Montessori approach.
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Old 11-03-2010, 03:32 PM
 
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Here are two more--neither in southern Westchester and neither equivalent to Bank Street, but I've heard good things about both.

Rippowam Cisqua (Katonah)
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For preschool, the Early Childhood center at Sarah Lawrence, which someone mentioned above, is very much akin to Bank Street.
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Old 11-03-2010, 04:53 PM
 
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For what it's worth, you may want to attend an open house at the French and German schools and see if you like it (you just might).

Otherwise, try Hackley in Tarrytown, Greenwich Academy, Horace Mann and Riverday Country Day.
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Old 11-03-2010, 05:39 PM
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Thank you all! I will look into these and let you know what I find. I already love ECC! Totally impractical schedule but great learning environment and school philosophy.
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