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We are an independent school for children of all genders from toddlers to pre-school through 8th grade, 10 minutes from downtown Albany. Parker students cultivate critical thinking and purposeful action through a challenging learning process.
A Progressive School
Parker practices a progressive model of education. We begin with the student's own experiences and use active learning to promote deep thinking. We encourage independent thought and emphasize critical thinking and problem-solving.
Building Confidence, Purpose, and Curiosity
Parker 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.
Explore Our Programs
Explore Our Programs
Ages 18 months - 3 years
The fully outdoor program is based on Parker's progressive philosophy & mission and is simple by design. Children will be allowed to explore woods, streams, and meadows and let their curiosity be our guide.
Children's executive functioning skills - those connected to self-control and organization - are developed through sustained, themed play. Teachers respond and build on what emerges from the children's play, and this is called play-based learning.
The Lower School at Parker includes grades K-5.
Lower School students are nurtured in their creativity, playfulness, and joy in discovery. Through a meaningful curriculum, they 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. Our talented and supportive faculty understands and responds to the unique needs of adolescents, fostering in each student a sense of confidence, ethics, responsibility, and respect for themselves and others.
Planet Parker is an outgrowth of our integrated, interdisciplinary curriculum and project-based program. It utilizes our unique campus, giving students and teachers a context for hands-on, experiential investigation and discovery that ignites enthusiasm, motivation, skill development, and commitment.
Love of Learning
Children are intrinsically eager to understand the world. Our progressive program takes advantage of these inquisitive years through project-based learning geared to each child’s individual level of development.
Progressive education is laser focused on engaging each student. Teachers are given agency to use their expertise to create new experiences untethered by traditional curricula and state testing.
Also, students in grades K-8 are taught science by a specialist science teacher. The 3,200-square-foot Parker Discovery Center contains a state of the art science lab with direct access to the outdoors.
As students mature we cultivate responsibility and leadership opportunities for them by connecting students across grade levels. For example, an eighth grader teaches lower school students about water quality during the annual Day in the Life of the Hudson trip.
Parker students explore an expansive 77-acres that includes forest trails, a tree-house classroom, butterfly garden, pond and meadows. Students are outdoors in all seasons and the campus is often the inspiration for learning such as gardening and composting, wildlife study, and engineering projects.
Parker graduates are confident in their independent thought and voice and are passionate about learning. They are committed to academic and intellectual integrity and demonstrate a commitment to social responsibility with respect, kindness, understanding, and engagement in a diverse world.
What People Say About Parker
“Parker is truly a special place. The expansive outdoor spaces for kids to play, the pond, stream, and acres of forests are magical. But what is truly outstanding is the learning going on inside the school.”
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News & Events
Anyone who is lucky enough to walk down our lower school hallway and peek into our preschool classrooms knows what a magical experience our youngest students are having. At the beginning of the year, these classrooms start off deliberately neutral, with the idea being that the classroom environment should evolve organically to reflect the community…
Personal Project Day
The last few weeks we have turned our lens inward to focus on the importance of project work here at Parker. From professional development to classroom examples both large and small, we have analyzed and illustrated how project work exemplifies our mission and values as a progressive school. This past Monday, we set aside a day…
Cinderella the Musical!
Cinderella the Musical! Project work at Parker is integral to our model of learning and woven into the fabric of our community. Last week, we examined the hallmarks of successful project work at Parker and how it facilitates our mission of engaging each student in a thoughtful and challenging learning process that inspires curiosity and…