Programs & Admissions
Select a program to learn more and fill out an enrollment form.
Toddler-Parent School is for children 11 Months – 2 Years 9 Months
Facilitated by Cindy Wasson and one of our toddler teachers, ‘Toddler-Parent’ consists of music and movement, storytime, sand and water play, puzzles, block building, imaginative play and snack. The program gives parents an opportunity to speak with Cindy about parenting and toddler issues one-on-one and in a group setting.
If parents are unable to bring their child, we are able to make individual arrangements for grandparents or other special caregivers. Just call ahead to let us know!
(Note: Our intimate parenting discussions with Cindy at the toddler table are not appropriate for nannies or babysitters without special permission.)
Enrollment in our Parent-Toddler School guarantees a Little School space for your child.
Little School is for 2 year olds without a parent and 1.5+ with an adult to stay on campus
Little School helps children and their parents practice saying good-bye. Children discover their independence and autonomy as they play together in our self-contained classroom and in two outside yards. Activities include sand and water play, art projects, snack, stories, music and dramatic play.
When ready, the Little Schoolers and Preschoolers will visit and play next to and with one another. This is the beginning of mixed-age play which is the cornerstone of 10th Street. Preschoolers naturally embrace Little Schoolers and tuck them under their wings as they prepare to fly. Children who attend Little School are really ready to begin Preschool and enjoy a smooth transition without trepidation or separation anxiety.
They already feel a kinship with the older children and the Preschool teachers.
Like the children, parents of Little Schoolers make deep bonds with one another as they share this intimate journey. Our Dad Band, born by Daddys who met in Little School, joined with Preschool Daddys who (rehearse) and play for us on special days. It is always a highlight! Little Schoolers and their families are a beloved group; they attend weekly Assembly, school events and parents volunteer on parent committees which spark friendships. Just like the children, parents enjoy a smooth transition into Preschool.
We ask parents to provide two diapers, wipes and a change of clothes in a ziplock bag. Some children come with their lovey.
Preschool is for children 2.6 to 6 years
Our Preschool program promotes socialization skills in a mixed age group setting, which places together students from all ages of early childhood. As in a family, the youngest children in Mixed Aged Groups learn from the oldest, and the oldest develop leadership skills while nurturing others. Each learns kindness and empathy.
Kindergarten readiness is a complex process. It does not begin and end during your child’s third year of preschool. It begins the day your child starts school. First, we will help your child master separation. Next children learn to trust and allow other adults to care for them. Once they master the initial phase of separation, socialization begins. Play is hard work and it is the emphasis of your child’s first year in school. In their second and third year, the desire for a deeper understanding of letters, words, and numbers emerges.
We integrate all branches of play into our core social studies curriculum and promote creative forms of self-expression. “Play helps us deal with difficulties, provides a sense of expansiveness, promotes mastery of our craft, and is an essential part of the creative process,” writes Dr. Stewart Brown, founder of the National Institute of Play. “Most important, true play that comes from our own inner needs and desires is the only path to finding lasting joy and satisfaction in our work. In the long run, work does not work without play.”
Junior Pre-Kindergarten is for children 3.5 to 4.5 years
The educational philosophy of regular kindergarten has changed, making school more challenging, requiring alphabetic and cognitive skills that are not necessarily the byproduct of normal infancy development. Kindergarten expectations are higher, academic learning is serious, and homework is given typically every day.
Toddlers and young children may not have all the necessary skills that the average kindergarten program may require just by playing and participating in preschool activities, no matter how creative the child and/or the preschool may be.
Therefore, one of our goals, in both our Junior Pre-K and Pre-K programs, is to foster the child’s ability to communicate what their needs are, not only with the teacher but ideally with their peers as well. Being able to develop an assertive voice in a safe space, may be crucial in their capacity to generalize this behavior to a larger and more challenging classroom setting. Feeling comfortable and confident makes asking for help less risky.
The children begin to identify themselves as learners who feel proud of their hard work. This is how intrinsic learning begins.
We have watched the children who attend Junior Pre-K enjoy a smooth transition into our Pre-K program, and we have been told by parents and elementary school administrators that the same applies for our Pre-K students transitioning onto kindergarten.
Junior Pre-K lessons are 45-55 minutes, twice a week, and are required for Year 2 Preschoolers.
Uniforms are also required. Purchase uniforms here >
Please speak with our school staff about enrolling your child in JPK. Enrollment in our Preschool Program guarantees a space in our JPK program. Enrollment in our JPK program guarantees a space in our PK program.
Pre-Kindergarten is for 4 and 5 year-olds
Throughout our all-day, bi-weekly pre-kindergarten program, we focus on the skills children need for success in kindergarten: Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, Science and Fine Arts. From reading readiness to reading; phonics, basic operations of elementary arithmetic and science. Children are assigned weekly homework, essentially to learn how to bring it back to school! We stress movement during each learning period, allowing children to re-energize and reorganize between lessons, and regularly invite guest teachers, artists, authors, and grownup professionals, to share the outside world with 10th Street.
10th Street graduates are prepared to enter their neighborhood public school or any of the nation’s most illustrious private elementary schools, such as Brentwood, Carlthorp, Center for Early Education, Crossroads, Curtis, John Thomas Dye, Mirman, PS#1, Seven Arrows, Village, Westland, Willows, and Wildwood. We are proud that each year, our families get accepted into their first-choice schools.
Our children are ready to face the world as relational young people, and eager, self-confident students, unafraid of taking learning risks. We are proud of the accomplishments of our graduates as they enter prestigious colleges, embark on meaningful and professional careers and return to 10th Street Preschool with children of their own.
Pre-K is taught twice a week, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM.
If your Pre-K child is enrolled in the 7-hour preschool program, he/she will join the other preschoolers until 4 PM for free play.
On days alternating days, Pre-K children join their mixed-age group for their regular Preschool Program.
Uniforms required on Pre-K days only.
Please speak with school staff if you would like to enroll your child in the Pre-K program. Enrollment in our JPK program guarantees a space in our PK program.
Helping parents with busy schedules, our enrichment programs give children ages 2.6 to 7 more time with teachers and friends to practice being at school for a longer day, help to build their relationships with other teachers, and to enhance study skills in preparation for kindergarten.
Our programs are open to any child—even children not enrolled in our school—and are available one to five days a week.
Handwriting Without Tears
Handwriting Without Tears (HWT) is an award winning, hands on approach that strengthens fine motor skills, introduces students to proper grip, correct letter formation and beginning phonics.
SoccerStars’s international coaches work with every student to develop skills, self-confidence, and teamwork in a noncompetitive and educational environment. Positive reinforcement and a low child-to-coach ratio ensure that each child will improve his or her soccer skills.
Social Skills Group
Our specialist teacher tends to each child in need of additional modeling and personal guidance to facilitate pro-social interaction, self-esteem, and feelings of belonging. In Social Skills, children learn how to enter play, expand play, resolve conflicts, take turns, work together, develop self-regulation skills and effectively communicate while interacting with others. Each session includes periods of inside and outside play, story telling, snack and closing circle time. Parents are welcome to stay within close proximity as needed.
Yogi Beans’ age-specific curriculum translates the practice of yoga into a language children can understand and enjoy. Sprinkled with picture books, music, and other age-appropriate props, Yogi Beans’ classes incorporate free-flowing, creative movements with traditional yoga postures while developing better body awareness, coordination, flexibility, and self-confidence.
for Junior Pre-K and Pre-K Girls
We are thinking about the state of our girls. Our girls need more from each other. More love, more understanding, more of us saying I hear you and I’m with you. More interactions, more opportunities to support each other and especially, more confidence to feel comfortable in their own young skin. This group will be about feeling good, feeling safe, feeling proud, inspired and the comfort of being that ‘not so sure’ girl.
The Dress Code: 10th Street t-shirt/top, 10th sweatshirt or navy cardigan, black or navy leggings, no nail polish, hair pulled back
for Junior Pre-K and Pre-K for Boys
We are excited to be offering an adventure-based learning program for your son. The program is shaped with hands-on fun-filled activities that support learning through problem solving, teamwork, communication and creativity. Activities include game creation, role-playing, treasure hunts, experiments and more.
The Dress Code: 10th Street t-shirt/top, 10th sweatshirt or navy cardigan, black or navy pants, no nail polish, hair pulled back
Open to Current Preschoolers and Alumni.
Fridays, 4:00 – 7:00 PM
Saturdays, 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Nighttime is a special time to be at school. Club 10 meets once a month, and is organized around a theme, holiday or something we have been studying in Big School, whether children are creating Halloween costumes, gathering to listen to beloved bedtime stories, or celebrating Charlie Brown’s Christmas. Club 10 is also a great opportunity to have a night off!
Panels & Seminars
Our quarterly afternoon and evening discussions have featured internationally renowned children’s book authors, notable educators, and expert child physicians such as Berry Brazelton MD and Josh Sparrow MD. Events are held on campus, in family homes, and in local restaurants.
Visit our gallery for more videos of Berry Brazelton MD and Josh Sparrow MD at 10th Street.
Discussion Groups—forums for grownups interested in deepening their education—are led by Cindy Wasson in her office and in her home.
Weekly Mommy Group
Tuesdays, 1:30 – 3:00 PM
Monthly Mommy Group
First Monday of each month, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Monthly Daddy Group
First Tuesday of each month, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Monthly Group for Mommies of School-Age Children
First Monday of each month, 9:30 – 11:00 AM
First Tuesday of each month, 4:30 – 6:00 PM
Alum Mommy Group
Mommys return once a month, throughout their child’s high school and college years; to continue the conversation. In our intimate setting, Cindy and the group will continue to be involved in one another life, to guide you through your process of defining the parenting path for you and offer specific suggestions for you to consider, accept, modify or reject. Our shared sense of history and longevity, in our intimate setting provides a deep feeling of connection and a foundation of trust. As your family grows so do you and ours.
Cindy also offers private parent consultations.
Enrollment in our Parenting Groups guarantees a preschool space for your child.
When the traditional school year is not in session, 10th Street Preschool is open for Camp. All are invited: Toddlers, Little School, Preschool, Prek, and Alumni under seven years of age. The children and teachers choose a theme for camp. During camp, children will choose between a variety of fun activities, including sand and water play, science investigation, drama, bike riding, free play, story telling, music and movement.
SUMMER CAMP: 8 weeks
Teachers and children choose a weekly theme for camp including: astronomy, cooking, sports, theatre art and zoology.
You may choose daily, weekly or monthly.
Our preschool program serves children who are 2.6 through six years of age. We offer various schedule options in an effort to accommodate the various needs of our families and students. Whenever possible, we will tailor a schedule to fit your family’s needs. Applications are accepted at any time.
We will offer you a place in our school, at any time, once your family and our school have reached a mutual decision that 10th Street Preschool is a match!
OUR SCHOOL IS DIFFERENT
Our goal in working with families who are applying to preschool is to alleviate the overwhelming and unnecessary pressure that parents are subjected to when applying to private schools on the Westside. We do not see the need to wait until a ‘Common Date’ that feels random and very far in the future. Parents of young children have more important matters to attend to than waiting months and months, sometimes years, for an answer. Anxiety is toxic for families and counterproductive to raising healthy happy families.
EARLY DECISION/EARLY ADMISSION PROGRAM
Of course, offering a space depends upon availability. That is why we have designed an Early Decision/Early Admission Program as well as guarantee spaces for all children enrolled in any of our programs, provided the experience continues to be nourishing. The Common Date will be observed only if we have not had the opportunity to meet you in some way or if you have chosen not to use our Early Decision Program.
We honor our new and returning students, siblings, alumnae and friends by inviting them to take advantage of our Early Decision/Early Admission Program.
If your child is too young to begin at the beginning of any program you may reserve a space and begin any Monday after your child is age-ready, by paying the full tuition. If you prefer otherwise, we will keep you on our waitlist and pro-rate your tuition when a space is available.
We accept children with special needs with or without a therapeutic companion.
Fees listed are for our base programs. If you would like more information about private consultations with Cindy, pre-kindergarten classes, enrichment programs, or extended care (PM Extra Time, EarlyBird and LateBird) please call us.
10:00 – 11:30am
$1,125 / semester
$6,570 / 1st semester
$10,350 / 2nd semester
$3,780 / 1st semester
$6,120 / 2nd semester
4 HOUR PROGRAM
Morning: 9 AM- 1 PM
Afternoon: 12 PM – 4PM
5 HOUR PROGRAM
9 AM – 2 PM
7 HOUR PROGRAM
9 AM – 4 PM
*8:00 am early bird drop-off and/or 4:30 pm late bird pick-up can be arranged