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Robert C. Parker School
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Robert C. Parker 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 students to experience, not just learn by rote memorization.
We believe there’s no limit to how far a Parker education can take your child. We believe that successful learners are confident, caring and creative, capable of defining their own place in the world.
We are an independent school for boys and girls 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.
Inspiring Curiosity and a Passion for Learning
Attitudes and dispositions about learning are established when students are young. By giving students individual attention from caring adults, engaging hands-on projects, and time to play and connect with peers, our graduates leave Parker prepared for high school because they know themselves as learners.
Nurturing Confidence and Community
Students who learn in the same school from preK to grade 8 have a strong sense of community. Parker students take on new leadership and responsibilities as they advance through the grades. They are well known and this fosters a sense of confidence and leadership in each one.
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Cultivating Purposeful Action
We believe that by giving students a chance to take action as they learn about the world, they will grow into adults who take responsibility for their communities. We know that our graduates will be among the most highly educated members of society, and their active participation will contribute to a better world.
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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Exploring Our 77-Acre Campus
Parker students explore and 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 our learning.
A Love of Learning
Attention to each child and focus on emerging interests is key to our play-based preschool. Students blossom in an environment that cultivates connections between students and prizes growing curiousity.
Educating for Innovation
All students in grades K-8 are taught science by a specialist science teacher. The brand-new 3,200-square-foot Parker Discovery Center contains a huge science lab with easy access to the outdoors.
An eighth grader teaches lower school students about water quality during the annual Day in the Life of the Hudson trip. Parker connects students across the grades, so that as students get older we cultivate responsibility and leadership.
Success in life is about more than just taking tests.
"The teachers and staff clearly value each child as an individual and also as a contributing member of the school community. They pour themselves into the work of educating our children academically and socially."
"We wanted to try something other than public school. We were excited to see the energy of Parker when we visited."
"It didn't take me many steps into the building to know that Parker was where we belonged, I was just disappointed we hadn't taken this step sooner."
Portrait of a Parker Graduate
Are confident in his or her independent thought and voice
Possess self-knowledge and self-direction as a learner
Are passionate about learning and committed to academic and intellectual integrity
Are flexible, critical thinkers
Communicate effectively and clearly
Demonstrates a commitment to social responsibility with respect, kindness, understanding, and engagement in a diverse world
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Anyone familiar with Parker knows that we have a few constants that you can always turn towards, like a compass finding true north. We are a school where you will always find talented and dedicated educators, curious and engaged children, and treasured and bountiful natural resources. One other constant, for the past nine years, …
This past week, Parker’s PreK and Kindergarten classrooms celebrated The Week of the Young Child, a nationally honored event amongst early childhood educators and the young children in their care. This week of acknowledgement was started by the NAEYC, and is held as much to honor the very young as it is to raise …
The mid-winter season is always a thoughtful and deliberate time here at Parker. The sharp novelty of winter has tempered, and students are ready to settle into deep investigations that will busy their minds and bodies until spring. With all that is happening in each of our classrooms daily, it can be difficult to fit …