"Our school is best known for individualized academics, service, and yoga."
Students enrolled 118
Hours 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
School leader Eric Jacobson
Transportation options Yes
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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1425 Merrick Ave
Merrick, NY 11566

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(516) 868-6835
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4 stars
Based on 39 ratings

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July 29, 2014
PSOLI is the best private school on Long Island!! My son started there in first grade after the teachers in his public kindergarten told me he had problems focusing and that he was misbehaving. When I made the decision to move him to PSOLI he thrived. Working with the Principal and the Wonderful teachers there we together came to the decision, that he needed more challenging work. Before PSOLI my son felt like he was the "BAD" child ( from the teachers). Now he is going into 4th grade and he feels empowered, respected and very proud of himself, (these are his words.) I cant say enough about the Principal, the teachers and the entire PSOLI family!!! My son would have been lost in a system that did not take the time to see him for the child that he is. At PSOLI they are nurturing, empowering, committed and always want what is BEST for your child!! My son will study there until 8th grade with the hopes that they have a high school by the time he reaches 9th grade. Thank You PSOLI for all that you do!!!

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2014
I cannot say enough about this school. If you are looking for a school welcomes your child as family and only wants what is in your son or daughters best interest, this is it. From teachers to staff to fellow students there is a warmth and character that pervades. My children miss their school each summer and look forward to seeing their school family each year. We are very happy here.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2014
I am writing to thank you for welcoming my son into your family at Progressive School. He came to Progressive School in 7th grade without knowing any of the students or teachers. Everyone welcomed him. The teachers at Progressive are superb. They are very knowledgeable and approachable. They engage the students while challenging them. The teachers help the students to grow and become independent thinkers. Creativity is always encouraged at Progressive as well. Creativity is incorporated into the curriculum in the main subject areas as well as all the specials. The children are exposed to art, music and drama. This year my son particularly loved the computer class as he has a passion for computer science. Progressive School is such a great community because it is centered in service. The students take an active role in deciding how to serve the community. The entire faculty and administration models and teaches the importance of service. I cannot thank you enough for allowing him to be part of your family for these past two years. He will graduate Progressive being extremely prepared and ready for high school.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2014
This school to say it simply is amazing. My daughter started in Progressive at the start of 4th grade. Her teachers have been awesome. My daughter loves school. She is challenged, nurtured and excited about learning daily. Her self confidence has soared since first entering this fabulous school. As a fourth grader writing well constructed essays, learning to research on her own, public speaking, performing in plays and school wide talent show, awesome science experiments, learning spanish and making some fabulous new friends were highlights of her year. This year in 5th grade it seems to just grow and grow. She is no longer feeling bored or stressed in school. As an educator myself I understand what is needed to create an environment that promotes academic growth to reach their highest potential, a love for learning and personal growth. This school definitely has it. My daughter is lucky to be attending such a special school, and she knows it! I would highly recommend checking this school out and seeing first hand what an incredible place it really is.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2014
I moved my daughter to PSOLI in Nov 2012 with some reservations, based on the appearance of the school and the "extras" that I thought she would miss. She walked in to class the first without even looking back and flourished throughout the year. The teachers differentiate the work so that the needs of all the children are met; this was a concern for me since my daughter is an accelerated learner. PSOLI has such a warm and nurturing environment; Eric is 100% visible and accessible; the teachers are very supportive and caring. On the last day of school my daughter cried because she was going to miss going to school over the summer! It is different, but that is part of what makes it special. Since it is smaller, you have a chance to get to know the families you child is interacting with everyday. I could go on and on....This school is just what my daughter needed!

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2013
PLEASE parents do your homework BEFORE sending your children to PSOLI. My child started here in Sept 2012 and completed one year. I felt as though I failed my child as a parent for making the decision to send him to PSOLI which is why I am writing this review. Take a close look at the classrooms (note cleanliness, size, organization) ask to see the Spanish room (a literal closet) and the art room (even smaller). Not only is the school in shambles but the teachers are over worked (both of my child's teachers had 2nd full time jobs after school). Discipline is negative reinforcement (not positive). My child's teachers were extremely unorganized (lost papers, grades, supplies, projects) and do not have any background in progressive teaching. The school is EXTREMELY bias in favor of families of students who have attended for many years or are involved with the meditative practices classes the principal is involved with. I had the highest of hopes when I pulled my son out of public school to attend PSOLI. There is not enough room here to express how heart breaking it was to see the damage done to my child's creativity, confidence and character from attending this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2013
The school provides a very nurturing environment to the children. The instruction is creative and meaningful as well as fun. It is a very enriched curriculum. My daughter loves to go to school! The staff genuinely cares for the students. Each child is challenged and given work on their level.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2013
We love Progressive School for a variety of reasons: 1) The teachers are incredibly caring. 2) We have an extrememly high level of involvement as parents 3) The children are like minded individuals and encourage each other It's a great enviroment and we love it!

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2013
My daughter has gone to Progressive for two years and I could not be happier with all she has received from this school. Not only are the academics top notch, but the teachers really care about their students. There is a sense of warmth and community found in this school that you feel from the moment you walk in the door. I have two older children who went through the public school system and I definitely see the difference. The teachers and principal are 100% accessible 100% of the time. Subjects are taught by keeping the kids "hands on" and engaged in learning...they learn by doing, (and not doing worksheets). I only wish I had found this school sooner so all my children could have benefitted from this wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2013
My son is now in 5th grade. Sending him to Progressive was the best choice I could have ever made for his education! Not only is he an avid reader who loves to learn and is excited about school every single day, he has told me he wishes he didn't have to graduate in 8th grade and move on. However, the achievements of the students who have graduated and gone on to public and private schools is amazing! These children and young adults are given not only an incredible education but have been able to develop such qualities as confidence, commitment, a sense of self, and just being the best person they can be. The teachers and staff are really wonderful. Check out their website for concrete examples of what I mentioned above.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2012
Our daughter is currently in the second grade. We joined the Progressive School last year after a very difficult decision to change schools. Our daughter loves coming to school and is very inspired by her teacher, her projects, and her new friends. When we ask her "how was school today?" she always says, "great!" A child who loves school and wants to learn, what more can a parent want? Making a decision to change schools was agonizing for us. We couldn't be happier with the results.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2012
My two children started with the Progressive School Fall of 2011. In that time my husband and I have watched them grow and develop in ways we never even imagined. Eric, the faculty and staff at Progressive have created and nurtured a love of learning and community in my children that can only be described as magical. This year, at the end of our summer vacation, I mentioned in passing that it would only be a few short days until school started again. The response from my children was a joyful cheer. They could not wait to get back to their Progressive School family. While my friends were cajoling their children to have a positive attitude towards their return to school, my children were discussing all the events and lessons they knew would be planned for the year. My husband and I knew then we had made the right decision for the children's education. Developing the whole individual and assisting the child to find their most authentic self, these are the goals we hoped The Progressive School would help our children achieve. And so far, they are doing an amazing job. I highly recommend The Progressive School of Long Island.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2012
This is without a doubt the best private school on Long Island when it comes to the attitudes and accomplishments one hopes for for one;s children. My three children graduated here and we count it as one of the great blessings of our life that we were able to find such a brilliant and nurturing environment.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2012
It has been a year since our daughter started in 5th grade in PSOLI. What this year brought to her: 1. Confidence. The whole school community is concerned and engaged with real world problems. Kid's interest in these problems and possible solutions are taken seriously and put into life. This brings children sense of self worth. 2. High respect and tolerance for people's differences and cultures (and appreciation of her own culture). This seems absolutely natural in this community. No one is teased for unusual interests or unique way of thinking (being unusual is a norm there). 3. Enjoyment of learning at school. And challenge. Other special things this school has: A lot of independent work and projects with personal responsibility. Projects are often from real life. Good amount of time for self reflection - quiet time, built in unstructured blocks of time. Very flexible academically - easy acceleration on subjects, if needed. We came to PSOLI a year ago for challenge and some meaning in learning. What we got is much more than we could expect from any school.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2011
PSOLI, may not have some of the "things" that other schools have, BUT THINGS ARE NOT WHAT MAKE US HAPPY. Great social experiences, hands on teaching methods, social awareness, diversity, caring staff, morality and zest for life are the recipe for true happiness and sucess. Sucess is not what you have but what you have to give!

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2010
I began teaching at PSOLI before my son was in Kindergarten. Once I saw what happens with the children in the school, I knew my son had to attend. What I saw was something I thought I could never find in a school; love, a nurturing environment that provides hands-on learning, an appreciation for life, beauty and respect for alll things, the list goes on... My son is now in 2nd grade and I could not be happier with the meaningful education he is receiving. I am proud to say that PSOLI has helped me mold him into a wonderful young person. As a teacher at Progressive and a parent, I can honestly say that I know the foundation being built for my son is a strong one, full of morals and values. I couldn't envision anything else more deserving for my little one.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2010
A friendly, caring environment. Teachers put the kids first, and the learning happens naturally when children are taken care of, engaged, and happy. This is a great place for children who need something more personal and engaging than a public education.

- submitted by a community member
February 28, 2010
No words can describe how wonderful PSOLI is. The teachers are attentive and kind, the environment is a wonderful place for any child to grow and progress in. The community of the whole school, including the parents is open and friendly. It's focus on social awareness, care for the community and self growth, etc. helps a child become a well-rounded individual. I know this because my child attends there, and got more than what I expected. If you are looking for a different and wonderful school, you must look into PSOLI.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 10, 2009
My daughter has attended this school since she was 4 years of age. She is now nine years old and is doing sixth grade mathematics. While this school may not be perfect I must say that the director tries very hard to balance strong academics with an environment that is not too stressful for young learners. There is also a deep respect for mutli culturalism.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2009
Spectacular. Look for the qualities that count--gentle teachers who guide the kids, and who make them want to learn. Look for compassion and look for a school where the kids all want to go to school every morning. Look no further, PSOLI offers the qualities hardest to find in a second home for our kids.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2008
My daughter wakes up every morning and looks forward to getting on her bus. She's working ahead where she is advanced. It's a great school!

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2008
in a very small environment social skills are a learned and difficult task. students must make it work as a group. as in life we are not always given the opportunities to co-exist with the group of piers we choose. my four children have attended this school for a total of 17 combinations of classes. not every year has been our favorite, but I must say that the children are spoken to with kindness and respect. yoga and meditation have helped my children to settle down and open thier minds to a multi-cultural world.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
May 28, 2008
Some of these reviews are very insulting to the people that go there. Rather than just talking about it by first appearance, you have to really have gone there, because its a wonderful school, that teaches ahead of the grade level curriculum, and really benefits the students. It's fun, they do projects, and it's a worthwhile experience enrolling in this school.

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May 28, 2008
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August 22, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2007
This school teaches kindness and love, and has a great academic system. The best student in New York state went here just last year!

- submitted by a teacher
June 18, 2007
I went to the Progressive School from K-6th grade, and it truely has been a wonderful experience. The teachers are very nice and caring, and alltogether open. There are many positive things about this school, despite what anyone else said. If any student needs individual attention, the teachers are more than happy to help, the level of academic programs are to the highest degree. The teachers there can teach things in a way that are the farthest away from boring, no times when I was there was I bored, it was just wonderful. The specials include: art, music, spanish, PE, and Drama. The parent involvment is great, just great. The school is very clean, not dirty at all. It was a wonderful experience, and I cannot wait for everyone who is going there to see what a great experience it is.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2007
My child attended this school for seven years as did her friend. The school encourages alumnae to visit the school as a family atmosphere is cultivated. However, when they and another alumnae went back they were warmly greeted by favorite teachers and the principal but rudely thrown out by the school secretary. My child and her friends were very upset. I did not think this was a very 'Progressive Way' to demonstrate good interpersonal social skills. Seemed more like bullying to me.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2006
Please parents, think twice about this school. Yes, the student to teacher ratio may seem wonderful, but the turn over for teachers is very high. Are these experienced teachers? Can your children really experience a childhood with many friends in a place with so few students and space? Does your child really get a better education? For that amount of tuition, I would hope so. What about after school activities? Musical instruments? Sports? You will not get what the public schools or other private schools offer as far as those extras here.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
Parents please visit the school several times before enrolling your child. The Progressive school is very small. Please visit the school and think carefully before enrolling your child. This message comes to you from a parent who cares. Good Luck!

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2006
My 3 children graduated here and sailed through high school with flying colors. Who cares what I think? Their achievement, positive attitude, and ability to avoid the pitfalls of teenage life THEY attribute to their foundation at Progressive, which to this day they thank me for.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2006
Yes, the school is small and there is not a lot of room ... yes, the children eat with the teachers in the classroom (i have been in my son's classroom at this time and was amazed by the family atmosphere) ~ but, what my son has taken away from that school is beyond measure. Despite not having the experience of large class sizes or a large campus, he is well-rounded and quite open to different experiences and people. He had a more culturally diverse experience at PSOLI than he would have at his local public school. And, in reference to the above comment about the school being dirty ... the school does not have the trimmings and flash of a public school ... but what truly shines is the director, the teachers, and the children of the Progressive School. PSOLI was a godsend to my family ...

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2006
The academic programs are tailored to each students talents and individuality while meeting all state requirements. There is a high level of parental involvement. The school provides a wonderfully positive learning environment for all students.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2006
School is to small to have that many children in it. The idea of calling teachers by their first name is disrespectful. Teachers are nice (some) Children do not seem to do much academic work.

- submitted by a administrator
March 07, 2006
I attended The Progressive School of Long Island from the second grade through the sixth grade. as a current college student i feel the elementary education that i gained from the progressive school helped me learn responsiblity, time management, and self control. the school also introduced me to cultures, and philosophies that are usually neglected from young childrens educations which i found to be enlightening and influential in molding caring, accepting, intelligent students. the teaching methods used truely helped me grow as a student and individual and i look back fondly at my years at that school.

- submitted by a former student
May 11, 2005
Progressive School of Long Island has been a godsend to my family. The teaching staff are well trained, warm, caring individuals who share an amazing report with their students. Each day starts with a 'quiet time' yoga and meditation class allowing students to focus and achieve. Curriculum takes in to account individual children's needs and allows them to learn at their own pace, without being held back for their peers. Enrichments such as Art, Drama and Music are not curtailed as in public schools...but enhanced! Progressive School of Long Island is a family...my son has made lifelong friends and has already established a wonderful support system to help him into adulthood and beyond. Take the other person's advice....take a tour...I personally would be amazed if you found the school to be anything but an extraordinary learning environment that encourages EVERY child to succeed.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2004
Not Recommended! Please do not take my word for it. !isit the school. The school is very -very small. The school is dirty and it is not run in a professional manner at all. Teachers are easily frustrated with the children because they do not have a lunch -time for themselves to recharge. They eat in the classroom with the children. Socialization is a great problem because of the small number of children in each classroom. There is no playground nor space to stretch and unwind for the children. I truly wish I had something nice to say but I honestly do not.

- submitted by a parent
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Progressive School of Long Island
1425 Merrick Ave, Merrick, NY  11566
(516) 868-6835
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Progressive School of Long Island Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 40 reviews. Top