Setting the
Stage for a
Boundless
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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 independence of thought and emphasize critical thinking and problem-solving.

Building Confidence, Purpose, and Curiosity

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.

Why Parker

Love of Learning

student learning at the Parker SchoolAll 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.

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Innovative Education

science class at Parker SchoolAll students in grades K-8 are taught science by a specialist science teacher. The 3,200-square-foot Parker Discovery Center contains a huge science lab with easy access to the outdoors.

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Student Leadership

leadership at Parker SchoolParker connects students across the grades, so that as students get older we cultivate responsibility and leadership. 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 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.

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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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Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity

At Parker, we graduate students who love to learn and know how to keep learning. The teachers who instill this passion for pursuing curiosity and talents are themselves life-long learners. Parker’s professional development supports the interests and aspirations of our individual teachers while also serving to bring the entire faculty together for common learning. For…

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Celebrating a Community of Diverse Readers

We traditionally send students to school so they can learn to read, write and do arithmetic. But rarely do we stop and examine “What is the real value of reading?” Of course, reading enables our students to grow up and pursue careers in their chosen fields of interest. However, here at Parker we believe that…

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Deep in the Busy

The past two months here at Parker have been busy ones! Students returned from winter break energized and ready to tuck into some hefty work. This midwinter period is always a thoughtful and deliberate time in all of our classrooms. The sharp novelty of winter has tempered, and students are ready to settle into deep…

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