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The International Preschool: Two Become One

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year! The International Preschool(s) is entering its 60th year of establishment, and with it came several changes to the IPS community.

At the end of June 2022, the West 76th Street location of The International Preschools closed its doors for good. Although IPS no longer has an Upper West Side presence, nearly 25% of its current students joined us on the Upper East Side, as we merged with the East 86th Street location. Our longtime director of school, Donna Cohen, retired in June 2022 as well. Former 76th Street location director Alyssa Wisoff is now the new director of school at IPS.

The final 76th Street Red Room says goodbye to IPS’ west side location in June 2022.

Although closing the 76th Street location was quite upsetting to the IPS community as a whole, we are happy to report that the 2022-2023 year as one strong, unified location has been off to a great start! Many faculty members from the 76th Street location joined the 86th Street location, and together have forged a wonderful team. The children are happy and excited to come to school every day, and sounds of laughter and chatter can be heard at all times of the day within the building.

Pre-K students enjoying their time on the front yard during the first days of school.

Additionally, our staff and families are very excited to welcome back many in-person events that we have not participated in since March 2020. Recently, IPS held a “welcome picnic” at the East Pinetum in Central Park, where the students and families enjoyed pizza, live entertainment, and art activities. A great time was had by all!

Lou Gallo and the Very Hungry Band performed at the IPS Welcome Picnic on September 15th in Central Park.

We are looking forward to an exciting school year at IPS!

Interested in joining the IPS community? Learn more about the admissions process on our website.

Ready to apply for the 2023-2024 school year? You can access our online application here.

Celebrating the 2020-2021 School Year

What a year! Nine months ago, in September 2020, the teachers, students, and administration of The International Preschools entered the school year with a mixture of feelings, from hope to excitement to uncertainty. A lengthy list of protocols allowed for our school to remain open five days a week, for the entire school year.

The 76th Street Red Room’s “butterflies” enjoy some time together in Central Park before “flying off” to the Green Room!

And what a success it has been! With copious amounts of hand washing, sanitizing of materials, and the wearing of masks, IPS students were able to come to school safely to play, learn, and socialize. With support and trust from the IPS parent community, we were able to remain open during an uncertain time. With hard work and dedication from the IPS teachers and staff, an environment as similar as possible to the one that IPS children had known pre-pandemic came to be.

The Junior Kindergarten class at 86th Street strolls through nearby Carl Schurz Park, enjoying the time together…and the great outdoors of NYC!

As the last days of school come and go, many classes are commemorating the end of school with something that hasn’t happened all year: an in-person picnic for families, students, and teachers at Central Park (for the West 76th Street location) and Carl Schurz Park (for the East 86th Street location). For other classes, “Zoom parties” have been scheduled, so that parents, families, teachers, and students can come together to mark the end of a wonderful (albeit different) school year.

Thank you to all of the members of the IPS community for your dedication and support of our school!

Interested in learning more about the IPS community? Read about our play-based learning curriculum on the IPS website.

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Field Trip Fun at The International Preschools

An IPS class visits the New York Botanical Garden.

Spring is high season for field trips at The International Preschools! Our students thoroughly enjoy attending class trips and look forward to doing so every year.  New York City (and its surrounding areas) provide a wealth of opportunity for extended learning within our school curriculum and for making connections between home and school.  Read on to see where we’ve been and why we went!

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