On the Upper East Side
A Unique and Warm Community in NYC
For over 60 years, The International Preschools — IPS, as we say — has welcomed families from New York City and all around the world. Our uniquely diverse community is a happy place of belonging, sharing, supporting, growing and befriending — for both children and their parents. We celebrate our differences and commonalities and help children build the fundamental skills and attitudes to thrive in a complex world.
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Preschool for 2s, 3s and 4/5s
IPS offers preschool programs for children ages 2 through 5. Our developmentally appropriate and nurturing approach to learning keeps all children engaged and excited to come to school every day!
IPS Playgroup for Under-2s
IPS is excited to offer a pre-separation class for children under 2 years of age. In this introduction to school, an experienced IPS teacher facilitates structured free play, art projects, storytime, music and snack for your child.
IPS runs a summer camp for incoming and current students. Camp is a great place for children to get acclimated to school routines, learn new skills, make new friends and continue the fun they have at school!
Play is the serious work of young children. They are born with natural impulses to explore; play-based learning allows children to learn naturally. They understand their world best through hands-on, sensory-based experiences that allow them to actively participate, get messy, and make meaning of both the familiar and the new. These experiences help young children grow into older children and adults who have open-minded, nuanced views of the world.
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New & Noteworthy
Lunar New Year
On January 30th we kicked off our Lunar New Year celebration with a presentation by the New York Chinese Cultural Center. The children and staff wore red because the color red represents good luck in many cultures. Over the month-long holiday we have many families present Culture Shares to their child's class about Lunar New Year celebrations from their culture.
IPS Summer Camp
Registration is open for IPS Summer Camp! Join us for 1, 2, or all 7 weeks this summer!
The IPS Playgroup for children under 2 begins on January 8th. This pre-separation class is the perfect way for your child to be introduced to the school routine and develop social-emotional skills to prepare them for preschool in September. Register today!