Homes from Manhasset to Montauk were buzzing during back-to-school week as families prepared for another year of homework and home comings, laptops and lunch boxes and, of course, lots of learning. As Long Islanders well know, the dedication to educational excellence is one of the reasons we all love to call Nassau and Suffolk home. And as these winners of the Long Island Choice Awards prove, there are myriad opportunities to make schooling at any level a personalized, lifelong pursuit.
BEST ADULT ED-CONTINUING EDUCATION
100 Hempstead Ave, Rockville Centre
With more than 50 academic undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs at Molloy, a Catholic, multidimensional college committed to student success. Small classes allow students to think critically, explore their creativity and engage in a more focused group. Combining leadership, academic excellence and passionate mentoring, students are able to thrive. From international studies, service opportunities and more than 60 clubs and honor societies, internships, NCAA Division II sports teams and so much more.
BEST CHARTER/PAROCHIAL/PRIVATE SCHOOL
Lawrence Woodmere Academy
336 Woodmere Blvd, Woodmere
Lawrence Woodmere Academy, established over a century ago, offers all the benefits of a private school at an affordable cost from preschool to 12th grade. The academy offers one on one college prep and placement, a 5:1 student to faculty ratio in classes meaning that each student receives individualized attention. They are also one of 25 schools in the United States to offer the Global Scholars Program. Their STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) based curriculum is part of the world renowned “Project Lead the Way” and the school culture is racially, ethnically and socio-economically diverse and each student’s need is individually addressed and taken care of.
1 South Ave, Garden City
Adelphi, founded in 1986 as the first private, coeducational university on Long Island, is a modern metropolitan university with an individualized and unique way to tackle learning. The faculty is dedicated to transforming the lives of students through education and a welcoming and inclusive community. The highly ranked school offers over 120 undergraduate and graduate programs as well as extracurricular activities.
BEST DAY CARE
Five Towns Early Learning Center
112 Wahl Ave, Inwood
Five Towns is one of the oldest child care centers in Nassau County, established in the 1930s as a private care center. The center has cared for the children of working parents for well over 70 years, providing stimulation, education, breakfast and afternoon snack and so much more. They have also created a scholarship fund with the support of the local community to assist families who are unable to pay for care at Five Towns Early Learning Center.
BEST PRE-SCHOOL/NURSERY SCHOOL
Bellmore United Methodist Nursery School
Bellmore United Methodist’s goal is to provide an environment that is stimulating and engaging that way children develop socialization skills and confidence. Children are meant to feel good about themselves and want to go to school. The faculty tries to ensure that their first school experience is positive and enjoyable. For pre-kindergarten students there are additional enrichment classes from language and literature to science and math and more.
BEST BEAUTY SCHOOL
Long Island Nail Skin & Hair Institute
3709 Hempstead Tnpk, Levittown
For over 22 years, Long Island Nail Skin & Hair institute has been teaching aspiring beauticians the way of the industry, from digital savvy courses on trends, as well as hands on experience in spa rooms on real clients on campus, a beauty store where students can purchase professional products and a beauty lounge that hosts a number of vendors and partners each demonstrating the latest technology, trends and more. Dana Persico, CEO & Executive Director, has been committed to her vision, whose hard work has given the beauty school students the ability ro get industry-related first-hand opportunities.
BEST TRADE SCHOOL
Nassau BOCES Joseph M. Barry Career & Technical Education Center
1196 Prospect Ave, Westbury
A key resource in the state, Nassau BOCES offers life changing state-of-the-art programs for students of all ages with any ability. It is a cost-effective way to gain an education in specific fields and gain hands-on experience that is useful for future careers. They also have a Long Island High School for the Arts, special education programs and even outdoor education.
BEST LEARNING CENTER/TUTOR
Long Island Children’s Museum
11 Davis Ave, Garden City
Long Island Children’s Museum builds children self-confidence through dancing, crafting and moving through their multisensory programs. They are exclusively tailors for young minds and bodies to develop communication and cooperation skills in a loving environment. Even adults of any age can benefit from the interactive programs. From theatre and music to storytelling and art, children will become well rounded curious individuals. .
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