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22 Ericsson Place
New York, NY, 10013
United States

(212) 226-9070

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Our Philosophy

I was excited at the prospect of spending time at your school and I wasn’t disappointed. As soon as I entered the wonderful environment I sensed the professionalism of the staff and the sense of belonging that the children had to their school. There were many thoughts that I had during my visit so I wrote these following key words: Welcoming, Questioning, Discovery, Inviting, Intent, Relationships, Choices, Ownership, Competence.
— Visiting educator from Ballina Fox St. Preschool, Australia

School Philosophy

TriBeCa Community School is founded on the
theories and principles of constructivism, 
social constructivism, and the highly regarded Reggio Emilia Approach to early childhood education. 
We believe that children are born with a natural curiosity about the world, and that cultivating this curiosity with careful listening and support is the key to successful lifelong learning. At TriBeCa Community School, we seek to accomplish this by providing children with meaningful experiences for play and exploration, while nourishing their potential as individuals.

Consistent with this approach, our goal is to create conditions for learning that will benefit a child's "powers of thinking" by creating opportunities for self-expression and self-actualization. This is accomplished through a combination of principles and practices whose emphasis include problem-solving, collaboration, documentation of children's work, and the ongoing involvement of parents and community. 

Through the use of painting, sculpting, music, science, storytelling, theatre and other forms of self-expression, children are taught to give voice to their thoughts and ideas, as well as share their newfound discoveries and understandings.