About Cold Spring School
Cold Spring School challenges children to become self-reliant, curious, and resourceful problem solvers with the academic and social skills to engage constructively and ethically in our diverse, changing world.
Our History and Philosophy
Cold Spring School was founded in 1982 by a group of parents who wanted the philosophy they admired at a much-loved childcare program tocontinue through their children’s elementary school years.
From the founding years to the present, our fundamental beliefthat children learn best when they are actively involved in theeducational process has guided teachers and staff in the creation of arich, child-centered learning environment. Teachers understand andrespond to the strengths and challenges of each child and build arespectful partnership between student, teacher and family.
To build a strong learning community, children usually stay withthe same Master Teacher for two years in a mixed-grade grouping. Thesegroupings provide younger children with the opportunity to learnroutines, procedures and expectations from older students. Conversely,older children develop leadership skills through interacting withyounger children as reading buddies, fitness buddies and in classroomsituations.
When CSS moved to its current location in 1987, a fitness teacherwas hired. Within several years, art, music and Spanish were added tothe curriculum and separate part-time teachers were hired. The selectionof Spanish was a way for students to foster a multi-culturalperspective and connect to the largely Hispanic neighborhood throughlanguage.
Parents founded Cold Spring School and parent involvement isstill important to the program. Parents serve on committees, shareprofessional skills within the context of a thematic study, chaperonefield trips and are a visible presence in the daily life of the school.The Board of Trustees has always been comprised almost exclusively ofcurrent and former parents. Leadership and implementation of theschool’s mission have been carried out through two directors: Irene Fissfrom 1987 to 1998 and Jeff Jonathan from 1998 to the present.