Setting the
Stage for a
Boundless
Future

Setting the
Stage for a
Boundless
Future

video about Parker School in Albany NY

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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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. Learn more →
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. Learn more →
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. Learn more →
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. Learn more →
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. Learn more →

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.

Why Parker

Love of Learning

student learning at the Parker SchoolChildren 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.

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Innovative Education

science class at Parker School

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.

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Student Leadership

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.

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Expansive Campus

students at outdoor campus at Parker SchoolParker 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.

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Graduate Success

Parker School graduate

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.

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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

Halls and Walls: Fall Edition

This is the time of year at Parker when our halls start bursting with the overflowing creative evidence of months of thoughtful and industrious project work. Students are fully immersed in the substantive work of bringing projects to fruition. Our students know that the work they do in the classroom has implications that reach beyond…

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Better Together: The Power of Community

Community Work Day- Fall 2022 It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a community to raise a school. This past Sunday, we were blessed with an abundance of community as Parker families, faculty, and friends gathered together for our Community Work Day and 30th Anniversary Celebration event. Community Work Day is…

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Day in the Life of the Hudson River

This Thursday, students in our 1-2 and 8th grade classes spent the day on the Hudson River as a part of the annual A Day In The Life of the Hudson event. Our 8th graders led our 1-2s through various scientific data collecting stations focused on aquatic life, current speed, water clarity, and dissolved oxygen. Art teacher…

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