Dear Families,

Thank you for taking the opportunity to learn about McDowell School.  I would like to share my enthusiasm about this wonderful community of students, parents and staff at McDowell School.  We are a close-knit community and are committed to excellence in providing a quality educational foundation to all our students.  As the Head of School I am confident that McDowell will make a significant contribution to your child’s education.

Our curriculum extends from infants through the elementary grades.  It provides your child with advantages in intellectual advancement, emotional confidence, social growth, and physical well-being.  Guided by our dedicated teachers, the students are challenged to develop their strengths while becoming critical thinkers, problem solvers, collaborating together and being creative on a global level.  Having this unique flexibility of our curriculum will allow students to move forward to core materials at their own pace and stimulate their self-confidence with our differentiated instruction.

I am confident that you will be consistently impressed with the learning and creativity in the classrooms. We encourage you to find out more about McDowell School by viewing our website, talking to our current families or visiting our wonderful campus.  We recognize that each child is unique, and I would love to have you be a part of our McDowell School family.

Christopher Lincoln
Head of School


Our preschool program at McDowell School offers your children a safe and nurturing environment to learn and grow from age 3 through their transition to Private Kindergarten and Elementary School. Your child will flourish in small class size with seasoned staff who have an average of 15 years tenure. Our program is a balance of developmental and academic curriculum, providing our children with intellectual benefits, emotional confidence, social growth and physical well-being.

Developmental Assessments are administered in order to plan and implement activities to enrich and challenge each child. Throughout our program children are consistently encouraged to express and be creative. Our preschoolers participate in specialty classes including Spanish, P.E. and hands-on computer instruction. Field trips and assemblies are planned to further expand our program.

Our family-friendly environment encourages parent participation as we partner together to ensure their children’s growth and development at McDowell School. Our “open door” policy creates an atmosphere of mutual teamwork.

I look forward to showing you and your children our wonderful McDowell School!

Keri Rifkin
School Director