The WeGrow school in New York City. Photo: Dave Burk.
This might be the most stylish pre-school you've seen. This calming yet playful wood-and-white interior belongs to a private Manhattan preschool called Wegrow. If you find that that rings a bell, that is because Wegrow is the education offshoot of co-working and office space Wework.
At Wegrow, they understand that learning is a lifelong process. Kids aged as young as two are being exposed to yoga and secular ethics, and end each day in a gratitude circle with their friends. Because personal growth isn’t just for the mind, it’s for the body and the spirit too.
Designed by BIG, it features cocoon-like play areas, four classrooms, a multi-purpose studio, an art studio, a music room, and more.
It is not the intention of WeWork to groom mini entrepreneurs – its emphasis is on happiness and finding one’s authentic self, whatever it might be, through a unique curriculum that’s inspired by Bank Street College, Reggio Emilia and Montessori methods – all pedagogies aimed at nurturing a well-rounded individual.
Photo: Dave Burk.
So, yes, six-year-olds are exposed to mentorship and master classes with industry professionals, but they’re also learning music and drama, mathematics and science, Mandarin or Spanish, and connecting with “the planet” during weekly farm trips.
A comprehensive annual education at the Chelsea campus costs US$22,000 (S$30,000) for two-year-olds and US$42,000 for kids between five and 11.
Wegrow has international locations in the pipeline, and perhaps we will see one in Singapore soon!
This article was first published on The Peak.