Woodbury School

Apply for the 2014–2015 school year!

Woodbury School now offers both an early kindergarten program for four- and five-year-old children and a preschool program for three- and four-year-old children. Applications for enrollment in Woodbury School are taken on an ongoing basis and enrollment is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Important dates

December 1, 2013: First day to submit new student enrollment applications and $45 non-refundable application fee. New student applications are accepted on an ongoing basis after December 1.

January 24, 2014: Last day for prospective students who are siblings of current or previous students to submit enrollment applications and $45 non-refundable application fee to receive placement preference. Applications received after this date will be processed with new student applications on a first-come, first-served basis.

February 19, 2014: Notification of new student placement begins. If placement for new students is not immediate, students will be placed on a waiting list.

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About Woodbury School

Woodbury School at The Strong offers both an early kindergarten program for four- and five-year-old children and a preschool program for three- and four-year-old children. Both programs are Reggio Emilia-inspired and are therefore responsive to the interests of the children in the class. This approach uses an "emergent" curriculum philosophy that encourages teachers and students to work together to plan the curriculum and create projects. Guided by teachers who facilitate their explorations, children delve deeply into topics that fascinate and stimulate learning.

Children at Woodbury School learn and develop in playful activities set among the museum's hands-on exhibits. Small and large group activities involve art, music, cooperative games, movement, pre-reading, math, and other age-appropriate experiences.

The school is named in honor of the museum founder, Margaret Woodbury Strong, whose parents, John and Alice Woodbury, made the world Margaret's classroom and encouraged her to play outdoors in countless ways.

2014–2015 academic year information

School begins September 8, 2014, and ends June 4, 2015.

Early kindergarten program for four- and five-year-olds

To enroll in the early kindergarten program at Woodbury School, children must be four or five years old on or before December 1, 2014. 

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
1–3:30 p.m., $2,599 per year

Tuesday and Thursday
1–3:30 p.m., $1,824 per year

Monday—Friday
1–3:30 p.m., $4,300 per year

Preschool program for three- and four-year-olds*

To enroll in the preschool program at Woodbury School, children must be three or four years old on or before December 1, 2014. 

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
9–11:30 a.m., $2,700 per year

Tuesday and Thursday
9–11:30 a.m., $1,924 per year

*Early drop off at 8:30 a.m. for morning students is available for an additional yearly fee: $300 for Tuesday and Thursday students; $450 for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday students. 

Classroom setting

Class size

Small classes enable children to build confidence as they explore their world under the close supervision of early childhood teachers.

Homeroom

Specially designed classrooms serve as the children's homeroom. These colorful spaces, set apart from the museum galleries, provide a familiar, comfortable, and manageable environment for children.

Hands-on exploration

Supervised by their teachers, children also experience the colorful, imaginative museum environment including the museum's signature exhibits Reading Adventureland and Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. If the weather permits, children enjoy experiences in a secure outdoor play space designed for the exclusive use of the school.

Parents' role

The school staff consider parents to be school partners and encourage classroom visits and parental involvement in class experiences. Parents may arrange to observe their children through a two-way mirror in the classroom's observation area. A get-acquainted play date at the museum kicks off the program each year, and parent-teacher conferences are held regularly throughout the school year.

School closures

The school follows Rochester City School District school closures for inclement weather as announced on radio and television.