Parker is an independent private school near Albany, NY serving students from PreK-8th Grade and a new Forest Toddler Program!
Robert C. Parker School engages each student in a thoughtful and challenging learning process that inspires curiosity and a passion to achieve, nurtures confidence and community, and cultivates purposeful action.
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Forest Toddler Program
For 18-36 Month Olds & Their Parents (or Caregiver)
Parker’s rich and diverse outdoor environment sets the stage for wonder and curiosity. The program is simple by design. Our teachers let students follow their imagination and have the freedom to explore. Our mixed age groups, ages 18 months to 3 years, give the children — and their parent or caregiver — a chance to learn from each other.
Our Pre-K program is designed for three and four year olds. We carefully construct a daily structure and comfortable routine, with inside and outside activities that enables children to feel safe so that their learning and creativity can thrive.
Play is the important and joyful work of children. It’s how they develop the power to reason, experiment and create. Teachers respond and build on what emerges from the children's play, and this is called play-based learning.
The elementary school curriculum, from kindergarten to grade 4, is built around tapping into student’s interests and helping them discover and explore their passions. Students are challenged to develop powers of observation, analysis, critical thinking, self-evaluation, and collaboration.
Middle school inspires future leaders by challenging them to inquire, to think, to reason, and to act. Grade 5-8 academics is integrated and project oriented. Teachers emphasize a personal approach with the intent that students will clearly see the relationship between their own lives and the topics and themes they are exploring.
"At Parker, students are heard and teachers are open to new ideas from students. I also love the small classes because everyone gets really close. The teachers also make learning fun and we start to develop a good relationship with them. " Middle School Student
We have always limited the number of students we accept into each classroom from preschool to Grade 8 to ensure we can deliver a personalized learning experience. Some classes are already full and we expect others to fill up quickly as the school year progresses.
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Learn about our admissions process, visiting Parker, and tuition. From our personalized academic program to our warm community of caring adults and students to our expansive campus, we have a lot to show you. We will walk you through everything, from our educational philosophy to our unique hands on curriculum and the logistics of daily life here at Parker so that you may have a clear picture of the Parker difference.