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The Washington Market School has been an integral part of Tribeca, originally known as Washington Market, since it was founded in 1976.

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Hear from The Washington Market School's founder Ronnie Moskowitz as she shares her story of opening our school and grounding our program in a blended Montessori and Reggio Emilia approach.



Like our students, we started small

The year was 1976, and our school’s first lesson had just begun: a meeting of 6 students in Ronnie’s Washington Market loft. This small class sparked a lifelong love of early childhood education for Ronnie and laid the foundation for decades of nurturing young minds. Word spread, and with the support of local artists and early neighborhood pioneers, the school grew.



Establishing roots

By 1981, The Washington Market School received its first charter from the New York State Department of Education. In 1988, together with local parent-architects, The Washington Market School designed & opened our first campus on Hudson Street. Three years later, our second Duane Street campus was added with new classrooms, a library, music loft, and art studio.



Raising the bar

The early 2000’s were an exciting period of growth. In 2001, our Duane Street campus doubled in size, annexing the space next door. Over the last twenty years, we’ve added new classrooms, libraries, art studios, a music loft and a lab room.


Today, The Washington Market School is a thriving community of children, parents, caregivers, and educators. And in so many ways, it still feels like a home away from home: as close-knit and intimate as Ronnie’s first classroom.

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