Preschool 2´s, 3´s, PK2018-11-01T15:30:27+00:00

Preschool (2’s through Pre-K)

Thank you for your interest in the Preschool program at Maryel School.

It is never too early or too late to learn a new language, but it is true that the younger the child, the easier it will be to become more fluent in the second language.

Maryel’s  Preschool program uses an immersion technique in which instructions are conducted strictly in the Spanish language and English is not spoken. Students of any level of Spanish are welcome to be part of the preschool at Maryel. Our curriculum focuses on the development of the whole child — intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically — providing the building blocks for the future learning.

The admissions process starts in the fall one year ahead of the school year being applied for and continues on a rolling-admissions basis. The number of available places is based on attrition at all grade levels and varies year to year.

Steps to apply

1. Application

Submit the online application form


2. Parent interview and child assessment

Once the application is submitted, the Admissions Office will contact you to schedule a family meeting and child assessment. The parent conversation and child’s assessment will be scheduled for separate dates.

3. Applicant visit

Children meet in small grade-specific groups, and participate in teacher-directed activities and have a brief period of unstructured play. Only one parent needs to be present for the child assessment. One parent will be asked to accompany the child into the classroom and to separate as much as possible.

The school aims to communicate the application outcome within a few weeks of the assessment date. Parents who accept admission must return a signed contract with a non-refundable deposit which will be credited toward tuition.


Siblings of current students applying to the preschool qualify for early notification. Early notification options are discussed during the meeting between the applicant family and the Admissions department. Sibling applicants do receive special consideration. Decisions on financial aid awards are made at the same time as early notification.

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We would like to offer you the unique opportunity to talk to a Maryel parent directly. Please fill out the form by clicking on the link and a parent will contact you.



The youngest age that the preschool offers enrollment is 2 years. That is, your child must turn 2 by the first day of school.

Separation anxiety is common in preschool, and we fully understand that it can be challenging for both the children and parents. In order to make the separation process easier for the child to acclimate to their new environment, we have come up with a schedule that will accommodate children at the beginning of the school year. However, if your child needs extra time during the separation process, we will modify on an individual basis. We respect the pace of each individual child and our teachers are caring and patient during this phase-in process. Teachers will also work closely with the caretakers to ensure a smooth transition.

Our preschool class has a maximum of 12 students with 2 teachers, and a third floater teacher is also present when a class needs extra support.

Your child does not need to be toilet trained before starting in the 2’s program. Learning to use the toilet is like learning any new skill, it takes time. Each child learns at their own pace. While some children learn to use the toilet within one week, for many others the process will be a much longer one. Your child will eventually learn to use the toilet at their own time. By working in partnership with your child’s teacher, the process of learning to use the toilet can be a positive and gratifying experience for all concerned.

Toilet training is conducted in a relaxed manner. Therefore, when your child is ready for toilet training, we ask that you begin the process at home during a weekend or vacation. We will follow through and encourage your child while in our care.

Potty training is required for children starting in the 3’s program.

National studies have shown that children in dual-language programs, as a group, perform the same or better than their monolingual English speaking peers in achievement tests in math, reading, and writing.

You do not need to speak Spanish to be supportive of your child’s learning. Attending our parents’ workshops and reaching out to your child’s teacher via email for further clarification are all useful venues for support. Classroom newsletters and weekly updates give helpful background information about students’ day-to-day activities at school.

Maryel School celebrates diversity as part of our mission. However, it may be surprising to hear that most of our Spanish language learners come from English speaking households.

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1600 Amphitheatre Parkway New York WC1 1BA

Phone: 1.800.458.556 / 1.800.532.2112

Fax: 458 761-9562

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