Families that send their children to Grace Church School value the school both for the fine academic preparation it affords, as well as the unique climate of social diversity, acceptance, and understanding it fosters among all members of the school community. The special traits of the school are evident in every classroom or activity: pleasure in learning, seriousness of purpose, and genuine affection and respect for others. Classes from Junior Kindergarten through the Eighth Grade take part in a full range of programs including music, art, computer, laboratory science, instruction in French, Spanish and Latin, physical education, modern dance, and drama, in addition to the traditional curriculum. Our children benefit from the skill and dedication of one of New York's most experienced and caring faculties. Leading secondary schools are eager for Grace Church School graduates.
Corlears School achieves intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development of its students through its adherence to the principles of progressive education. In line with progressive educational practice, curriculum in each classroom provides opportunities to work with tangible materials, explore the world through trips and to engage in active investigations. Children discover patterns, rules and concepts through the investigations in which they are involved. This mode of learning provides the foundation for mastering skills and fostering inquiry and problem solving. It supports and reinforces the curiosity necessary to be active, engaged, lifetime learners and to develop an increasing understanding of how the surrounding world functions.
Housed in a spacious six-story building on West 10th Street, built specifically for elementary school students, the older half in 1885 and the newer half in 2002. The new and the old blend seamlessly together as a beautiful home for our program. The high ceilings and large windows make the hallways and rooms especially comfortable, happy spaces to spend time. It is a glorious union of aesthetics and functionality. It includes an Auditorium, two Music Rooms, two Art Rooms, a large, sunlit Library, a Computer Lab, three Science Rooms, many classrooms, seminar rooms, offices, an airy Gymnasium, a large outdoor Play Yard and a rooftop play space with some of the most glorious views in New York!