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Are you ready to learn more about Landmark Preschool? Simply complete the online request for information and a member of our Admission Team will be happy to contact you. We look forward to speaking with you soon!
 
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For General Information:
Julie Alzapiedi
Phone: (203) 894-1800 x102
Fax: (203) 894.1810
Email: jalzapiedi@landmarkpreschool.org

To Speak with Admissions:
David Suter
Associate Head of School & Director of Enrollment
Phone: (203) 894-1800 x112
Fax: (203) 894.1810
Email: dsuter@ridgefieldacademy.org

To Speak with a Director:
Alison O'Callaghan
Director, Landmark Preschool - Ridgefield
Phone: (203) 894-1800 x109
Fax: (203) 894.1810
Email: aocallaghan@landmarkpreschool.org

Welcome To Our Ridgefield Campus

We invite you to explore!
The Ridgefield campus, situated on 42 rolling acres, offers families outstanding teachers, superb facilities, and a newly renovated preschool wing. We believe that the most important years for developing skills and confidence takes place during the preschool and elementary school years, and it all starts with our nurturing and engaging Landmark Preschool program. We offer flexible schedules for children ages 1 - 5 and a comprehensive program for students up to grade 8 through our affiliate school, Ridgefield Academy.

Our preschool classrooms have been designed especially for children under the age of five in mind. Classrooms are spacious, open and full of natural light. A state of the art kitchen lab has been installed to offer students opportunities to learn math and science skills through cooking lessons, and a multi-purpose room allows students to enjoy gardening and art activities as well as drama and music instruction.

Our program includes plenty of outdoor time as well as an age appropriate introduction to phonics, math, handwriting, and reading activities. Children also engage in specials such as music, art, gym, drama, cooking, science, library and French with our Specialist teachers. All of our classrooms are also equipped with interactive whiteboards to reinforce our monthly themes.

Extended Care is available starting at 7:30am and extending until 5:00pm for our Threes and Fours students. Students also have an opportunity to get involved in a number of enrichment clubs throughout the year.

Just a mile over the New York border, our Ridgefield campus is conveniently located near Pound Ridge, Bedford, Katonah and all towns in northern Westchester and Fairfield County.


Programs

The rapid brain development children experience in the early years of life presents a unique opportunity for preschool educators, an opportunity that we embrace at each of Landmark's three preschools. We continually revise and refine our curriculum to help develop and challenge our young students' cognitive abilities as well as nurture their social, emotional, creative and physical development. Guided by experienced and talented teachers, children in our preschools are encouraged to follow their natural sense of wonder and innate curiosity, creating a love of learning and discovery that will last a lifetime.

Our preschool graduates have the opportunity to continue our program right on our campus through Ridgefield Academy, an independent day school for students in Kindergarten through Grade 8.

To learn more about one of our programs, select from the tabs below.

Ones Program

Fun For Ones

 

We invite you to join our dynamic and creative Fun for Ones program. In this first introduction to school, our youngest “students” learn together with a parent or caregiver about themselves and the world around them through exploration, play music and the arts. Each class centers on a different theme including colors, numbers, letters, animals and holidays. Held in one of our Ridgefield Academy preschool classrooms, this program offers parents and children creative and stimulating play in an environment designed with young children in mind.

Beginning in September, the Ridgefield campus will offer three, eight-week sessions of Fun for Ones as well as one, four-week mini-winter session! All sessions will meet on Tuesday from 9:30am until 10:30am. Our Fun for Ones program is best suited for children aged 12 months through 24 months.

For more information, or to receive a registration form, please contact Julie Alzapiedi by phone at 203.894.1800 x102, or by email at jalzapiedi@ridgefieldacademy.org.

 

Session Dates

Fall 2018
September 25
October 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30
November 6 & 13
$300
NEW! Mini-Winter 2018
November 27
December 4, 11, & 14
$150
Winter 2019
January 8, 15, 22, & 29
February 5, 12, 19, & 26
$300
Spring 2019
April 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30
May 7, 14, & 21
$300

Twos Program

Twos Program

It's Terrific To Be Two!9:00am - 1:00pm
Two, Three, Four, and Five-Day Schedules
Must Turn Two By September 1
1:4 Teacher/Student Ratio

Our Twos program focuses on the social development of the child. Learning to separate from parents, be a part of a group, take turns, share with friends, and use the classroom materials appropriately are important skills for two-year-olds to master.

Our teachers facilitate social interactions between the children, and help them learn to join in classroom activities. Daily activities are designed to help children develop appropriate use of language to communicate with teachers and peers, as well as to develop fine and gross motor skills. Children are exposed to colors, shapes, letters and numbers through play, art, stories, and songs. Helping children develop self-confidence and a sense of autonomy through mastery of toilet training and other self-care skills is also an important part of our program.

Our classrooms are large, bright and divided into activity areas so our children can learn and grow. The class size is limited to 12 children with 3 teachers to supervise and help children to explore.

Discovery Time

Discovery time allows children to explore the classroom materials at their own pace, and is important in helping your child make a good transition from home to school. Activities include Play-Doh, drawing, puzzles, manipulative materials, a dramatic play area, a sensory table, cars and trucks, and building blocks.

Circle Time

The class comes together each day to participate in songs, finger plays, letter sounds, special bag and games. Creative movement activities, such as dance, marching band, and parachute play, promote coordination and listening skills are also part of our day.

Stories
Sharing stories through books or flannel board is a favorite activity for twos. We know that in addition to being fun, these stories are a great way to teach important skills. Children increase their understanding of language through stories, as well as their ability to comprehend. Important concepts such as patterns, rhymes,and sequencing can be introduced through stories too.

Art
Art provides sensory exploration as children experience the feel, sight and scent of paint, finger paint, glue, modeling dough etc. Your child will enjoy the process of creation using a variety of materials. Projects may be open-ended, or may relate to our themes. Children enjoy these creative activities, which often involve paint, glue, etc.

Cooking
Children learn the basic skills of cooking, including measuring, stirring, pouring and kneading dough. Our cooking classes help our students learn fine motor skills, reinforce basic math and science concepts and give our students an appreciation of different types of food.

Drama
Through roll playing and carefully-selected exercises, children develop the confidence to speak in front of a group, show emotion and explore expressing themselves in a variety of ways.

Science
Our hands-on science classes help children better understand their world. Experiments and demonstrations help curious minds discover why objects float or sink, how colors are made, and so much more!

Library
Visits to our library include story time, learning how our library is organized and selecting a book to borrow for reading at home.

Recess
Children enjoy outdoor time on our playground each day, weather permitting, building and developing large gross motor skills and coordination. On inclement weather days, we may use parachute play and other games to entertain our children while indoors.

Threes Program

Threes Program

It's Thrilling To Be Three!8:30am - 2:00pm
Three, Four, and Five-Day Schedules
Must Turn Three By September 1
1:6 Teacher/Student Ratio

With its warm, inviting, social classroom environment, our Threes program uses stories, music, cooking, gardening and art, as well as gym and French to provide a rich preschool experience for your little one. Our 6:1 student to teacher ratio allows each student the benefit of individualized attention.

Character Development
Emphasis on respect, cooperation, sharing, patience, and being a good friend. Children work on being able to demonstrate the ability to function as an individual and as a member of a group.

Monthly Themes
Themes may include "self and family," colors and shapes, farm life, holidays, transportation and community helpers, zoo, ocean, nature and planting, and summer fun.

Literacy
Special letter and sound of the week, vowel friends, phonemic awareness, phonics games and activities and theme related stories.

Math
Introducing math manipulatives using games and activities, one to one correspondence, concepts (up/down, in/out), number recognition from 1 - 10, counting, and shapes.

Handwriting
A developmentally appropriate program that encompasses tactile wooden pieces, chalkboard and dough, as well as tracing activities to support fine motor skills.

Art
Includes projects that are self-expressive and process oriented, including easel painting and collages, as well as teacher directed projects utilizing many mediums and resources.

Cooking
Children learn the basic skills of cooking, including measuring, stirring, pouring and kneading dough. Our cooking classes help our students learn fine motor skills, reinforce basic math and science concepts and give our students an appreciation of different types of food.

Drama
Through roll playing and carefully-selected exercises, children develop the confidence to speak in front of a group, show emotion and explore expressing themselves in a variety of ways.

Science
Our hands-on science classes help children better understand their world. Experiments and demonstrations help curious minds discover why objects float or sink, how colors are made, and so much more!

Library
Visits to our library include story time, learning how our library is organized and selecting a book to borrow for reading at home.

World Language
Counting, learning colors, names of family members, food, weather terms and other vocabulary through songs and games.

Music
Incorporates the use of both new and familiar songs with movement, finger play and instruments as children develop their sense of rhythm.

Physical Education

Develops large motor skills and coordination through various locomotor exercises (walking, running, hopping), and activities that focus on eye-hand and eye-foot coordination using parachutes, hula-hoops, bean bags, etc.

Technology
Utilization of interactive whiteboards in our classrooms to explore various subject areas and skill sets.

Fours Program

Fours Program

It's Fabulous To Be Four!8:30am - 2:00pm
Four and Five-Day Schedules
Must Turn Four By September 1
1:7 Teacher/Student Ratio

In our Fours, learning is a playful, social experience with teachers using games and manipulatives to introduce math, phonics and writing skills. Art, music, technology, gym, French, cooking, gardening and field trips further enrich this program, and our 7:1 student to teacher ratio allows for individualized attention and differentiated learning.

Character Development
Emphasis on respect, cooperation, sharing, patience, and being a good friend. Accepts responsibility for one's actions. Demonstrates the ability to function as an individual and as a member of a group.

Monthly Themes
Themes may include: bears and hibernation, nutrition, holidays around the world, solar system, dinosaurs, five senses, rain forest, bugs and insects and summer safety.

Literacy
Includes special letter and sound of the week, recognizing upper and lower case letters and "vowel friends. Progression can include consonant-vowel blends, three letter words, short vowel books, long vowel books and digraphs, reinforced through phonics games and activities and stories.

Math
Skills are developed using math manipulatives, one to one correspondence, counting, graphing, patterning, and sorting. Recognizes and solves problems through active exploration.

Science
Opportunities to wonder, ask questions, and seek answers about the natural world through observations, experimentation, use of equipment, recording and collecting data.

Cooking
Children learn the basic skills of cooking, including measuring, stirring, pouring and kneading dough. Our cooking classes help our students learn fine motor skills, reinforce basic math and science concepts and give our students an appreciation of different types of food.

Drama
Through roll playing and carefully-selected exercises, children develop the confidence to speak in front of a group, show emotion and explore expressing themselves in a variety of ways.

Library
Visits to our library include story time, learning how our library is organized and selecting a book to borrow for reading at home.

Technology
Introduction of computer parts, using a mouse and keyboard for various games, graphics, and specific activities. Utilization of interactive whiteboards in our classrooms to explore various subject areas and skill sets.

Handwriting
A developmentally appropriate program that encompasses tactile wooden pieces, chalkboards and dough, as well as tracing activities to support fine motor skills. Journals are used by our fours, fives and kindergarteners to help foster an interest in writing and inventive spelling.

Art
Includes projects that are self-expressive and process oriented, including easel painting and collages, as well as teacher directed projects utilizing many mediums and resources.

Music
Incorporates the use of both new and familiar songs, tunes, echo songs, the use of rhythm instruments (drums, bells, triangles, wooden blocks, etc.) and movement.

Physical Education
Develops large motor skills and coordination through locomotor exercises (walking, running, hopping) and activities that focus on eye-hand and eye-foot coordination using parachutes, hula-hoops, bean bags, etc.

World Language
Counting, learning colors, names of family members and foods, weather terms, and other vocabulary through songs and games.

K - Grade 8 at Ridgefield Academy

K - Grade 8 At Ridgefield Academy

Our comprehensive K-Grade 8 curriculum is balanced to help students discover their strengths and make the most of their talents, within the school community and beyond. Our teachers inspire students to think critically, work collaboratively, and communicate effectively. At Ridgefield Academy, students are empowered to take on new challenges and become lifelong learners.

Small class sizes and a dynamic, integrated curriculum help our students truly master course material. Students are empowered to test and stretch their imaginations, ask questions and challenge themselves both inside the classroom and outside on the athletic field.

To learn more about Ridgefield Academy and the K- grade 8 experience, we encourage you to visit our Ridgefield Academy website at www.ridgefieldacademy.org.

Admissions Process

Congratulations on selecting Landmark Preschool for your child! We hope that this checklist will guide you through our admissions procedure. We encourage families to begin this process in the Fall for the following school year.

Visitation
Schedule a tour of our school. Please contact Dave Suter, Director of Admissions, at 203.894.1800 x112 or dsuter@ridgefieldacademy.org to schedule a visit.

Application
We recommend that you complete an Application Form in the fall of the year prior to the school year that you would like to enter. You can complete and submit your application with the $50.00 Application Fee online here. Children applying to our Four and Five-year-old programs will be contacted to schedule a brief visit to Landmark. These children will meet with an administrator or a member of our teaching staff to assess their readiness for our program. Assessments take approximately twenty minutes and must be completed before acceptance in to the program.

Notification
Notification for Returning Families - sibling applicants, applicants of former families and applicants from our Fun for Ones program - is made during the December holiday period. Notification for New Families begins in January. Letter Notification and/or an Enrollment Agreement can only be mailed to applicants that have completed the application process (including the assessment for 4 and 5 year olds).

Enrollment Agreement
The deadline for Current Families to return their Enrollment Agreement and $1,500 deposit is in early January. The deadline for New Families to return the Enrollment Agreement and $1,500 deposit is at the end of January.

Placement
Landmark Preschool uses a first-come, first-served policy when placing students in classes; therefore, timely return of the Enrollment Agreement and deposit increase your chances of securing placement and/or the schedule of your choice. If the program or schedule is not available, the admissions office will contact you to discuss options and availabilities.

Class Assignments
Classroom assignments are sent to families in August. In keeping with past practice, we are unable to accept placement requests. As there are many factors that determine class make up, we ask that you rely on our teachers’ and administrators’ expertise to create the best learning environment for your child.

Beyond Preschool

Landmark Preschool - Ridgefield offers a wonderful Kindergarten program in the same building under our affiliate school, Ridgefield Academy. Students may continue our program through Grade 8 right on our beautiful Ridgefield campus. For more information about admission to Kindergarten through Grade 8, visit our our Ridgefield Academy website at www.ridgefieldacademy.org.

After School Enrichment Clubs

After School Enrichment Clubs

Landmark Preschool - Ridgefield is pleased to announce a number of After School Enrichment Club offerings. These clubs are open to the public and do fill quickly, so early registration is encouraged. Clubs are filled on a first come, first served basis.

Club Offerings
All questions regarding our enrichment clubs should be directed to Club Director, Donna Kauth by phone, 203.894.1800 x106 or by email, dkauth@ridgefieldacademy.org.

Summer Programs

Welcome To Camp Landmark - Ridgefield!

Camp Landmark in Ridgefield takes place at our air-conditioned preschool facility on our beautiful 42-acre campus. The Thrilling Threes and Fantastic Fours programs offer early learning with a fun filled camp experience. Age-appropriate playgrounds, water play areas, spacious classrooms, and a Kitchen Lab enhance our weekly thematic activities providing campers with opportunities to cook, engage in dramatic play, explore sensory tables and water play, sing songs, tell stories and let their imaginations run wild.

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Parent Resources

Looking for the school calendar? Are you a new parent who's completed the enrollment process and will be joining us in the fall? Or, a current student returning in the fall?

You'll find all of the required registration forms, as well as important additional materials here.

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