Open Circle Elementary SchoolHouse

Grades:
1st - 5th
Currently Enrolling:  
2nd - 3rd
Brooklyn, NY
Outdoor space
Project Based Learning
Near Subway
Near Playground

Mission & Vision Statement

Learn, play, and grow! In this full-time, in-person school, Heather creates a compelling, hands-on curriculum that exceeds NYC Department of Education standards. Material is individualized to each student, while working towards common academic, social, and emotional health goals.

Curriculum

ELA

We create a love of reading in children while bolstering decoding and comprehension skills through a series of book club projects that include:

  • daily, interactive, guided-level reading
  • fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry written by diverse authors
  • word study to bolster phonics, improve spelling, and build vocabulary
Social studies

We strive to help students contextualize their life experiences as a part of their larger society by:

  • exploring NYC cultural institutions (e.g. parks, museums, important landmarks, local natural resources)
  • developing an understanding of multiple voices and perspectives throughout history through the study of primary and secondary resources
Math

We give children a strong mathematics foundation to become problem-solvers and critical thinkers using:

  • Eureka math 
  • Marcy Cook math
  • hands-on math manipulatives to supplement learning
  • logic problems, card and dice games
  • building projects
Science

One of our favorite parts of the school day is afternoon lab time where we can tailor hands-on, project-based experiences to children’s areas of interest. We rotate among:

  • observational science (e.g. nature studies)
  • experimental science (e.g. simple machines)
  • engineering projects (e.g. playground study)
Outdoor Play

We believe outdoor, unstructured play is as integral and important to the school day as classwork. A child’s work is play and when they play together, children learn to co-exist.

Writers Workshop

We follow the Teachers College writers workshop approach which allows children to:

  • find their own inspiration within topical areas of interest
  • explore personal narratives, fiction, biography, poetry, persuasive essays, research, and journalism
  • integrate spelling, grammar, and vocabulary
  • brainstorm, plan, draft, edit, and publish meaningful work
  • celebrate their written work and the work of their peers

Location

Schedule

8:30 - 9:00
9:00 - 9:30
Arrival and Morning Greeting
9:00 - 9:30
9:30 - 10:15
Reading Workshop
9:30 - 10:00
10:15 - 10:45
Word Work
10:00 - 10:30
10:45 - 11:30
Writers Workshop
10:30 - 11:00
11:30 - 12:15
Math Workshop
11:00 - 11:30
12:15 - 1:15
Lunch and Outdoor Recess
11:30 - 12:00
1:15 - 2:15
Social Studies or Science Block
12:00 - 12:30
2:15 - 2:30
End of Day Meeting and Dismissal
12:30 - 1:00
2:00 - 2:30

Calendar

You can adjust the calendar with your teacher to meet your needs.
August 31st
First day of school
September 3rd - 6th
Labor Day
November 11th
Veteran's Day
November 22nd - 23rd
No school; conferences
November 24th - 26th
Thanksgiving
December 23rd - 31st
Winter break
February 22nd - 25th
February break
April 14th - 22nd
April break
May 26th - 27th
No school; conferences
May 30th
Memorial Day
June 10th
Last day of school
August 31st
First day of school
September 6th
Labor day
September 7th
Yom Kippur
October 11th
Columbus Day
November 24th - 26th
Thanksgiving
December 23rd - January 5th
Winter break
January 17th
Martin Luther King Jr. day
February 14th - 18th
February break
March 28th - April 1st
Spring break
April 20th
Easter
May 30th
Memorial day
June 10th
Last day of school
September 16th
First day of school
October 8th-11th
Indig People's Day
November 11th-12th
Veteran's Day
November 25th-26th
Thanksgiving
December 22nd-31st
Winter Break
January 17th
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February 21st-25th
February Break
April 15th-22nd
Spring Break
May 27th-30th
Memorial Day
June 20th
Juneteenth
June 24th
Last day of school

Open Circle Elementary SchoolHouse

Grades:
1st - 5th
Brooklyn, NY
Outdoor space
Outdoor space
Books
Textbooks included
Parking
Parking
$
1800
/ Month
Seats left at this price
3
Application deadline
September 3, 2021

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About
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Heather Swain has over 20 years of experience as an educator. She holds a masters degree in Philosophy of Education from Indiana University and has been a classroom teacher in Japanese public schools, a private school teacher in Brooklyn, a tutor, and the creative director of a public K - 5th grade after school program for over 400 children in New York City. She is thrilled to be back in the classroom where she can work directly with children and their families to individualize and maximize each child’s learning potential.

Teaching philosophy
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I believe children learn by doing. As a proponent of experiential education (envisioned by John Dewey and Maria Montessori), I begin teaching with a clear goal in mind, then work backward, creating a step-by-step plan to engage each child’s unique learning style while leaving room for children to discover and create along the way as they progress. I place great importance on the child’s social and emotional health to create a learning environment where students grow academically as they become more self-aware and compassionate human beings.

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A new school for every type of learner.

Our school makes it easy for students to learn and grow in personalized leaning environments.

What sets us apart?

Learn, play, and grow! In this full-time, in-person school, Heather creates a compelling, hands-on curriculum that exceeds NYC Department of Education standards. Material is individualized to each student, while working towards common academic, social, and emotional health goals.

Traditional schools are outdated.

Now students in grades
1st - 5th
can receive a first-rate, private-school education at a quarter of the price.
We have
3
open seats and currently accepting students in
2nd - 3rd
grade.
The last day to apply is
September 3, 2021
so reserve your seat today!
8:00 - 8:30
Arrival and Morning Greeting
8:30 - 9:00
Reading Workshop
9:00 - 9:30
Word Work
9:30 - 10:00
Writers Workshop
10:00 - 10:30
Math Workshop
10:30 - 11:00
Lunch and Outdoor Recess
11:00 - 11:30
Social Studies or Science Block
11:30 - 1:30
End of Day Meeting and Dismissal
1:30 - 2:00
2:00 - 2:30

What our typical school day may look like.

Not all students learn the same way. That is why a variety of learning methods are incorporated in our classroom so every child can learn in their own way.

Where can you find us?

Our founding family is located in

Brooklyn, NY

and they are looking for more families to join them in this rapidly developing school.

If you're interested in joining us or have any questions please contact us!

Hi, I'm

Heather

About Me

Heather Swain has over 20 years of experience as an educator. She holds a masters degree in Philosophy of Education from Indiana University and has been a classroom teacher in Japanese public schools, a private school teacher in Brooklyn, a tutor, and the creative director of a public K - 5th grade after school program for over 400 children in New York City. She is thrilled to be back in the classroom where she can work directly with children and their families to individualize and maximize each child’s learning potential.

My Teaching Philosophy

I believe children learn by doing. As a proponent of experiential education (envisioned by John Dewey and Maria Montessori), I begin teaching with a clear goal in mind, then work backward, creating a step-by-step plan to engage each child’s unique learning style while leaving room for children to discover and create along the way as they progress. I place great importance on the child’s social and emotional health to create a learning environment where students grow academically as they become more self-aware and compassionate human beings.

Contact me

If you're interested in learning more or just have a quick question, contact me!

As the founder and teacher of this school I can help you with any questions you have.