43 Years and Counting…
The Washington Market School has been an integral part of our unique neighborhood, which, before being named Tribeca, was known for almost two hundred years as The Washington Market. The school was founded in 1976 by Ronnie Moskowitz who continues as the Head of School. The first class of 6 students met in her Greenwich Street loft, and with the support of local artists and early neighborhood pioneers, thrived and grew over the years, receiving its charter as a non-profit pre-K through 8th grade school from the New York State Department of Education in 1981.
Our Hudson Street site, for children between the ages of 3 and 5 years, was designed by parent-architects and opened in 1988. In 1991, in response to community requests for a program where younger children could attend part-time and did not have to be toilet-trained, we opened our second site at 134 Duane Street. In 2001, we doubled the capacity of this site by annexing an adjacent space at 136 Duane Street.
In 2003, we expanded the Hudson Street site, adding two classrooms. With the completion of our Library at Hudson Street in 2009, our children have well-designed studio spaces, including drama, music, movement, art, and chess. In 2010 we completed yet another expansion at the Duane Street site—adding two new classrooms, a gym, and rooms for music and art. Most recently, in 2016, we transformed a loft space at Duane Street into a beautiful library, providing the Duane Street students, with similar studio spaces as at Hudson Street, including its own Reggio inspired materials for the art atelier.
Today our school serves nearly 350 children from the surrounding neighborhoods, with a dedicated and talented staff of over 60 education professionals. We are extremely proud of our accomplishments over the past four-plus decades, and we look forward to continued exploration, fun, and learning with our child and grown-up community.