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The Washington Market School

An independent preschool in Tribeca serving the community and its children since 1976

A child-centered, nurturing environment designed to spark curiosity and inspire a lifelong love of learning.

Educational Philosophy

We carefully blend the time-tested approaches of Maria Montessori and Reggio Emilia, making it possible for us to center our young learners.

Our philosophy


Each day, our children have opportunities for group and individual work, studio classes, meetings, and large motor experiences.

Our curriculum


Our programs are customized to suit your family’s needs. We offer half-day and full-day sessions, as well as after school activities and a summer program.

Our programs


Your child is unique.

So is our process.



From our community

WMS Parent

“School admissions can be daunting in NYC, but somehow Washington Market felt different – thoughtful, kind and caring. The process felt more like a conversation about the best interests of our children and family rather than an evaluation.”

WMS Parent

“One of the things that we found so special about Washington Market is how exactly right it was for our two very different children - it has been a magical place for our kids to grow.”

WMS Parent

“WMS is a warm and wonderful environment where children are encouraged to explore, learn and have fun. The school is its own force field of positive energy and love.”