ST. BART'S COMMUNITY PRESCHOOL
St. Bart's Preschool welcomes inquiries from families interested in learning more about admission to our school.
St. Bart's educational philosophy is based on fostering a love of learning, while celebrating and embracing each child’s uniqueness. We are committed to providing an environment where children’s curiosity is encouraged.
The dedicated faculty at St. Bart's Preschool is comprised of experienced educators. All classroom lead teachers are New York State certified and possess a Masters in Early Childhood Education. The Faculty is able to work in small groups to reach individual needs, offering challenging but appropriate instruction. In addition to the Classroom Faculty, a School Librarian, a Music Teacher, a Dance/Movement Teacher, a Preschool Lifeguard and Swimming Instructors, and a Tennis Coach bring their expertise to the program to further enhance the curriculum.
St. Bart's Preschool offers a warm, nurturing first school experience. Parent participation is strongly encouraged. There are numerous opportunities including leading and Arts & Crafts activity, chaperoning a class trip, or reading in the Library. Parents also enjoy serving on one of the many Parent Committees available such as Community Outreach, Book Fair, International Day or Parents' Night.
Community is an important aspect of the Preschool program. A monthly community service initiative at the school that includes collecting food for the St. Bart's Food Pantry, donating toys for needy children to the Bowery Mission, and donating gently used books, are just a few school-wide projects. Class IV students also organize and manage a Coat Drive for donation to the Bowery Mission.
Recognizing and celebrating diversity is an important part of life at St. Bart’s Preschool. Every race, religion, ethnic and economic background is welcomed! St. Bart’s provides a community that is inclusive and comfortable for all. Once a year, the school focuses on a week-long International Studies theme including music, food, art, and dancing from other countries and culture. This culminates in a school wide International Day celebration on the Friday of that week, ending with an international feast for all.
Tennis Instruction, Art Exploration, French Instruction and Cooking with the ABC's are all optional activities available for the students following the regular school day. Class I, II, III and IV bring a lunch if staying for an after-school activity.
The Preschool is housed on the 4th, 5th, and 6th floors of the Community House of St. Bart's Church. The Preschool entrance is located on 50th Street, between Lexington Avenue and Park Avenue.
The classrooms are spacious and bright, offering a flexible layout for large group, small group or individual activities. Each classroom has a play area equipped with age appropriate blocks, games, puzzles, toys, a sand table and a dramatic play space. Additionally, each has tables and chairs for completing projects and special work, as well as enjoying snack together. Bulletin boards can be found throughout the school displaying the children’s original artwork. The Preschool also has access to several large multi-purpose rooms, used for Dance/Movement classes and Parent gatherings.
The Preschool Library has built-in stadium seating. This allows all of the students to easily view the pictures as the story is being read. The Library has approximately 2,500 volumes and averages the addition of 125 new books each year!
The Preschool’s Rooftop Playground offers an amazing outdoor play space for the students. The area includes two climbing apparatuses and ample room for riding tricycles, running and skipping. A perfect place for playing!
The heated, salt water pool is located in the basement of the Community House. Students in Class III, IV and V receive weekly swimming instruction by skilled, certified Swimming Instructors. Twice a year, parents are invited to "Swimming Observation". During this time, parents are allowed to observe their son/daughter during their lesson from the first floor Pool Observation Deck. An excellent photo opportunity!
The gym is also located in the basement of the Community House. The children use the gym on Fridays following Swimming and on days with inclement weather. Afterschool tennis classes are also conducted in the gym.The gym is scheduled to be completely renovated this summer to include new lighting, flooring, painting and pads.
St. Bart's Preschool embraces our religiously diverse school community and continues to be a non-denominational Preschool. On Wednesdays, the children attend Chapel together, led by the Preschool Chaplain. During this time, the children sit on floor cushions and on the front pews of the Chapel, providing an intimate setting for the time together. Topics during Chapel relate to helping others, showing kindness to all, being thankful, etc. In December parents, grandparents, siblings, and caregivers are all invited to attend a Family Chapel Service.