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Pre-K Classes Coming to Peck Slip School This Fall

By Irene Plagianos | February 22, 2013 3:50pm

LOWER MANHATTAN —Downtown’s new Peck Slip School will start a pre-K program this fall, the school’s principal said Friday.

The school, currently located in Tweed Courthouse while its permanent South Street Seaport building is under construction, will run two, half-day pre-K classes — one in the morning and one in the afternoon — capped at 18 students each, Principal Maggie Siena said.

Siena said she got the call from the Department of Education Friday morning telling her that the school would offer pre-K.

The Peck Slip School launched in its temporary space with two kindergarten classes last fall. Those children will become the school’s first-graders next year, and Peck Slip will again have two sections of kindergarten, along with the new pre-K classes.

The Peck Slip pre-K will be a welcome addition to the neighborhood, especially as the DOE is considering a proposal to slash P.S. 276’s pre-K program in Battery Park City, to make room for an overflow of kindergartners.

Public school pre-K applications will be available March 4 and are due April 5. The centralized citywide application allows families to select up to a dozen potential choices. All children who were born in 2009 are eligible to apply.

Pre-K acceptances are sent out in early June, and families have until June 19 to pre-register at that school.