Academics

Early Learning, Elementary School, and Other Programs

Nursery & Pre-K

Discovering a love for learning

In comparison to other age groups, our youngest learners experience the broadest range of physical and mental development within an academic year. For many, this is their first experience with non-family members in a social environment of their peers. Our staff and child-centered environment help to ease the transition.

We recognize our students’ natural curiosity and encourage their need to explore through sensory play, storytelling, building projects, learning centers, children’s literature, early math and the arts. Students learn about their immediate world as they care for plants, observe life cycles of a caterpillar or wonder about the water in rainclouds. Questions, conversations and early writings reflect a developing understanding of how sounds and letters work, while new vocabulary develops as they role-play making connections between school activities and their greater world.

Pre-K For All

The Pre–K for All Program at Phyl’s Academy

Pre-K for All is a program for four year old students, designed to foster their growth in all developmental and academic areas as outlined by the Early Childhood Framework for Quality. This funded program provides a fun, child centered curriculum to inspire four year olds to learn and soar. Pre-K For All is free and covers 6.2 hours of instruction daily for 180 school days.
We invite you to register your four year old in our Pre-K for All Program. Please call our office for further information or fill out an inquiry form. We’ll be happy to assist you!

Kindergarten & Grade 1

Building a Strong Foundation

Kindergarten and Grade 1 are a bridge from our early learning program to a purposely more formal academic experience. Students build solid early reading and math skills along with a better understanding of their physical and social environment. They continue to learn through storytelling, block play, learning centers and the arts. Our curriculum also includes phonemic awareness, reading, math computation, social studies and science. By the end of the Kindergarten year, students are reading fluently and mastering first grade texts with ease. Our Grade 1 curriculum includes introduction to Spanish, studio art, dance, clubs and writer’s workshop.

In these formative years, students begin to write creatively and become the authors and illustrators of their own texts. As they explore weather and learn about the characteristics of living things, growing knowledge expands their viewpoints and broadens ideas about the physical world. Classroom jobs teach citizenship as students help in their school community. Phyl’s Academy students leave their early elementary years with strong foundational skills and a growing confidence, well prepared to handle the academic road that lies ahead.

Grades 2 & 3

Defining Excellence

What does it mean to be an avid reader, a life-long learner, a self-motivated student? What does it mean to be a concerned citizen, a thoughtful neighbor? In Grades 2 & 3, students are encouraged to think about themselves as well-rounded people, good students and thoughtful peers, functioning as unique individuals within our school community. They have more autonomy choosing projects and extra curricular activities, and enjoy collaborative work. With literacy remaining a strong focus, our students develop excellent comprehension and analytical skills, and can speak about an author’s intentions or a character’s thought process.

Math, Science, Social Studies, Health, Physical Education, Studio Art, and Spanish continue and club choices expand to include Crafts, STEAM, Coding & Robotics, and Maker Space. As students begin to find their own voices and opinions, we teach them that learning is beyond the moment and a valuable pursuit of it’s own. We introduce our young learners to early test-prep skills, and finish their days with study hall where they can ask questions about homework assignments and get assistance with projects and tasks.

Phyl’s Academy students develop a sense of responsibility for their own academic progress that lasts well beyond their elementary years.

Grades 4 & 5

Advancing Abstract Thought and Skill Mastery

We know that excellence is a path that students must choose to pursue. In Grades 4 & 5 students are encouraged to think more deeply about the kind of student and person they want to be. They are asked to discover and work on their interests and talents, and set personal goals. Students approach more informational texts, explore novels, poetry and other literary works.

Evidence of advanced comprehension and critical thinking are apparent in writer’s workshops where students, often writing on post high school levels, can demonstrate their understanding of genre, character analysis, voice and perspective. They support their opinions with researched facts and make connections between texts and their own writing. As intellects grow, ideas become more sophisticated and students more pointedly observe and question life.

Field trips and projects encourage them to work cooperatively with their peers, enhancing the learning experience. As they reach beyond their homes and classrooms, our students begin to notice the connections between seemingly abstract subjects and the world at large. This lends itself well to advanced mathematical thinking, scientific experimentation, and the exploration of cultures, history, politics and current events.

At Phyl’s Academy, students develop the ability to think independently, to solve problems, and the confidence to utilize these skills in life.

Extended Day Programs

Early Bird: The Early Bird Program allows students to come to school earlier than their scheduled school day classes. Children can and enjoy both individual and shared group activities. Early learning students are supervised in age level groups and participate in storytelling, puzzles and other hands on activities. Elementary School students can report to Study Hall. Students proceed to their scheduled classes after completing early bird at 8:25 am.

After Care: The afternoon begins with a healthy snack and homework. Teachers assist students with assignments as needed. After completing their homework, students can participate in various, recreational activities or pursue individual interests.

Enrichment

Our Enrichment programs help students find their interests and talents, build self-assurance, autonomy and a sense of innovation.

Art
Through our Artist in Residence program our young students explore a variety of media as they are introduced to diverse artistic styles. Their view of the world continuously expands while making cultural and historical connections through art. Self-expression and confidence grow as students work on creative pieces.

The 2019 Artist in Residence, Ms. Ava Tomlinson, is a painter, muralist, printmaker in Brooklyn, New York. Visit our Phyl’s Art Studio

Dance
Dance is an integral part of the Phyl’s Enrichment and Physical Education programs. In our partnership with the Jamel Gaines Creative Outlet Dance Theater of Brooklyn (JGCO) students gain the focus to test their personal boundaries stretching beyond what comes easy. Dance not only awakens students understanding of themselves, but opens up their awareness of cultural diversity highlighting the importance of all people. Through dance our students learn teamwork while gaining concentration and freedom of self-expression.

Students can engage in more intense dance training with JGCO as an after-school enrichment program (additional fees apply)

Clubs

In Clubs, Phyl’s staff members share their talents with students introducing them to a variety of interesting experiences. Students switch Clubs every 2 months opening up new opportunities for them to discover diverse interests & talents.

Some of the clubs we offer are:

  • Art & Crafts
  • Cartooning
  • Chorus
  • Coding & Robotics
  • Drama
  • Homecrafts
  • Maker Space
  • Music
  • STEAM
  • Zumba
Karate
For over 15 years, karate has been one of our After-School Enrichment programs. As students perform their martial arts routines, they learn discipline while building physical and mental strength. The focus students develop in the karate program stimulates the self-assurance needed to perform with confidence in all areas both academically and socially. (additional fees apply)
Tutoring
At Phyl’s Academy, in our forty years of service we have consistently helped students succeed in standardized tests like the ELA, gifted middle school entrance exams and the ISEE for entry into private, independent schools. Annually, we successfully facilitate students with placements in highly competitive programs like Prep for Prep and A Better Chance. Our tutoring program now extends these opportunities to students within and outside our school community through both on premises and virtual tutoring sessions. For applying students, Grades 1-5, we ask families to please complete an online inquiry form to start the process. We look forward to connecting with you.

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