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New Neighbor: École Internationale de New York Preschool

École Internationale de New York (ÉINY), a bilingual immersion program, with teaching in French and English, has expanded within the Flatiron District and now has an entire building dedicated to preschool students. ÉINY first opened in the Flatiron District in 2009 and now enrolls 180 students from Nursery to 7th Grade. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2015-2016 school year.

The school is accredited by France and follows the American Common Core guidelines. This allows for ÉINY to combine "the best of the French system with the best of the American system, offering students the rigorous, more classical and disciplined instruction so prominent in French schools and the more fluid teaching of the American system which encourages critical thinking, questioning, and creativity."

Beginning at age three, students can enroll in the preschool program. The program is taught in both French (three days each week) and English (two days each week) by teachers who are native speakers. Activities include culture, theater, art, music and athletics. The small class size allows for individual supervision.

The preschool, located in an 1856 brownstone townhouse, above Memories of New York, has frontages on both Broadway and Fifth Avenue with the same facade on both streets. According to Flatiron District tour guide Miriam Berman's book "Madison Square: The Parks and Its Celebrated Landmarks," these residences were altered in the late 1800s to accommodate street- and parlor-level shops, and the area further developed commercially. The building was home to Black Starr, one of America's oldest jewelers. Today, 206 Fifth Avenue "remains the oldest structure on the park's west side."

École Internationale de New York, 206 Fifth Avenue, between 25th and 26th Streets, (646) 410-2238.

Image via Franck Le Martelot for École Internationale de New York.



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