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At TPS, learning is an active process where the children are not only participants but are teachers and leaders as well.

Pre-K for 3,4, and 5-year-olds at Tuxedo Park School utilizes a developmental approach that meets children where they are, presenting opportunities to engage in new experiences and appropriate challenges. 



Our classrooms are a space where the same child can exclaim “I want to do it all by myself!” and “I need help!” within moments of one another with seemingly no contradiction. And it is this transition from little to big, dependent to independent, solitary to social, seeking control to employing control, from preschool to school that helps make our program what it is.

Believe it or not, public speaking starts here

At TPS, Pre-K students begin practicing public speaking as young as three years old. The school year kicks off with small-scale public speaking opportunities. Overnight Block Building is one of their first exposures, where students are divided into teams, collaborate on an intricate block building, and then present their work to the other team, each getting a chance to speak, share, and project their voices.

By October, they lead at town hall meetings every six weeks, and by the end of the year, they perform a Pre-K play on the big stage and sing and dance at the All-School MLK Assembly, Primary School Concerts, and Culture Study. As they grow through Primary School, opportunities for public speaking become more frequent and challenging, which all of our students meet with preparedness.


Pre-K at TPS is a place worth seeing and being a part of.

Relationships Grow Here

Teachers are facilitators and partners in learning, resulting in loving, nurturing relationships with their students. We honor the individual and the collective, celebrate successes and persevere through struggles, and seek to challenge children in a warm and supportive environment. .

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A Special Place

Pre-K is a place where learning is joyous, fun, and meaningful.
A place where children can be children while gaining the skills that will keep them engaged and successful in school and life. 

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Meet Our Pre-K Teacher

Our caring and experienced faculty meet Pre-K students where they are in an inclusive and nurturing community of 3, 4, and 5-year-olds.

Sarina Appelgren

Sarina Appelgren

Pre-K Head Teacher

Years at TPS: 4

Favorite place on campus:  My classroom or the lobby by the fireplace

" Getting to nurture my students' curiosity and love of learning and then getting to continue to see them grow after they leave my classroom."