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The Ethical Culture Fieldston School provides children with a rigorous and humanistic education as preparation for becoming thinking, responsible, caring adults. We actively engage a diverse and pluralistic student body in a rich and challenging academic, moral and aesthetic education. We integrate classroom work with hands-on experience and offer a developmentally appropriate curriculum for both mind and body. We encourage our students to become independent thinkers, lifetime learners, and active participants in a democratic society.
K-12. The Spence School is an independent college-preparatory day school for girls in kindergarten through grade 12. Founded by Clara B. Spence in 1892, Spence is committed to maintaining high academic standards, promoting diversity and teaching the basic human values of honesty and concern for others. With approximately 600 students, Spence is a small supportive community where the contributions of every student are valued. Each student is challenged to reach her full potential in an atmosphere that fosters self-confidence and a spirit of cooperation.
Nursery and day school.
Lower School teachers have been thinking together about the goals we set for social studies, in particular the conceptual goals that underlie our projects, trips and written tasks. As much as in literacy or math, we design a program to reflect students’ developmental orientation. We meet them where they are, tapping into their interests and curiosity within the framework of their realm of understanding. For example, we know that the younger child learns through concrete, personal experience – a trip or interview is a springboard for extended learning as your child reflects, questions, draws and writes about an exciting experience, turning it into new and deeper understanding. As the student matures and her worldview broadens, she extracts more and more information from books and symbolic communication, linking this to direct, interactive experience. Eventually, around Third Grade, students are ready to leave what we call the ”here and now” and enter the world of “long ago and far away;” to study those things that cannot be visited directly, tasted or touched. Thanks to the experiential foundation of their earlier years, eight and nine year olds are prepared to appreciate the flow and evolution of history and to conceptualize a timeline leading from then to now.
The School for Children is an independent demonstration school for Bank Street College and a working model of the College's approach to learning and teaching. Education at the School is experience-based, interdisciplinary, and collaborative. The emphasis is on educating the whole child -- the entire emotional, social, physical, and intellectual being -- while at the same time, the child's integrity as learner, teacher, and classmate is valued and reinforced. The School is divided into Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools in order to accommodate the differing developmental stages and curriculum needs of children.
The Rudolf Steiner School is part of a rapidly growing international community of schools that embraces Waldorf education. These schools share a common philosophy, a methodological approach, and a basic curriculum. The Waldorf schools are committed to academic excellence and offer their students a rigorous classical education in preparation for the most demanding colleges. Waldorf pedagogy nurtures healthy emotional development by conveying knowledge experientially as well as academically. The heart of the Waldorf philosophy is the belief that education is an artistic process.
N-8. School motto, Gaudeant Discentes, means “let there be joy in learning,” and this, in essence, is the defining orientation of our school. While we know that learning – if properly done – is not always easy, it should always be joyful. Why? The most powerful learning transforms a person. When a student finally understands a difficult math problem, feels the power of a poem, or first grasps the vastness of our universe, a life is enlarged and the transformative power of learning is realized. This is an inherently joyful process, and it is what The Town School fosters.
N-8. The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine is an independent Episcopal coeducational day school for children of all faiths, Kindergarten through eighth grade. A strong academic program blends the best in traditional and innovative teaching. The faculty and student body reflect the diversity of New York City.
The school seeks to develop confident, open-minded young people who share a respect for different ideas, cultures and religions, and who take responsibility as active citizens of their community and the world around them.
N-12. Founded in 1896, The Calhoun School is a progressive, coeducational, college preparatory school for students in early childhood through twelfth grade. The school is accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) and the New York State Education Department.
Brearley’s enrollment (K-12, divided into Lower School, Middle School and Upper School) today consists of about 670 students from throughout the New York metropolitan area who represent a diversity of backgrounds, experiences and points of view. The main, 12-story school building is located on East 83rd Street in Manhattan overlooking the East River. A new Field House, located on East 87th Street, anchors a comprehensive physical education and athletics program that includes team sports ranging from basketball and volleyball to soccer, swimming squash, track, field hockey and lacrosse.
K-12. Trinity's mission, stated in carefully considered terms, is essentially to provide its students with a setting—intellectual, moral, and physical—in which they can pursue the elements of a liberal education. We understand the idea of liberal education in different ways, all of us, but I'm pretty sure we could agree on a small number of things that are necessary to it: reading and writing accurately and truthfully; being curious and critical-minded; opening our minds to the ideas of others; questioning authority; maintaining self-respect and respect for the other. It is an endless project. Its ideals are woven through the ideals of democracy. I've come to think that, beyond the ideal of learning for its own sake, for the love of it, a liberal education serves politics. The political question is something like, "What is one to do with one's power?" How Trinity goes about the business of a liberal education is our way of answering that question.
Professional Children's School provides a challenging education for young people working or studying for careers in the performing and visual arts, modeling and competitive sports, and for students who desire the special environment of PCS or the flexibility and independence of the PCS program.
K-12. Within a warm façade that blends into the museums and townhouses of Manhattan's Upper East Side, the young women of The Hewitt School are the center of an educational program that encourages independent thought and creativity. Athletics to arts, languages to laboratories, music to math: a balanced, healthy, and comprehensive environment.
The Dwight School, founded in 1872, became the first school in the US to offer the three International Baccalaureate (IB) programs, Grades K-12. The School motto is: Use your spark of genius to build a better world. The school's mission is to develop each student's unique capabilities by integrating mind, body and spirit. The program incorporates academic excellence and a commitment to educate a diverse student population in leadership and responsibility to others. The School's structured environment places emphasis on integrating the latest research into a stimulating curriculum taught by energetic and talented teachers. International experiences are a cornerstone of fostering future global leaders.
ST. BERNARD'S offers motivated young boys of diverse backgrounds an exceptionally thorough, rigorous, and enjoyable introduction to learning and community life. We wish to inspire boys to appreciate hard work and fair play, to develop confidence in themselves, consideration for others and a sense of citizenship, and to have fun while doing these things.
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.
The United Nations International School (UNIS) was founded in 1947 by United Nations affiliated families. UNIS has a multi-national staff from 70 countries and over 1,450 students from 115 countries. The main language of instruction is English and all students study French or Spanish, beginning in the elementary school; Arabic, Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese and Russian are also taught beginning in the seventh grade; additional mother tongues may be studied after school.
Located in the heart of Lower Manhattan, the financial capital of the world and New York’s fastest growing residential neighborhood, Claremont Preparatory School is the first independent ongoing school to open in Manhattan in the last 50 years, and the first nonsectarian K-8 school below Canal Street. We accommodate 1000 children, with 400 kindergarten through fifth graders – 70 students per grade – and 600 sixth through eighth graders – 200 per grade. We are committed to providing our students with a strong foundation in academics, the arts and athletics and to preparing them to meet the challenges of high school, college and the global community.
Founded as a college preparatory school for boys in 1888 by John A. Browning. A traditional curriculum helps support boys intellectually, physically, and emotionally from Pre-Primary through Form VI. Located in the heart of New York City, The Browning School makes use of the city’s vast resources.
Since its formation in 1960, the American Montessori Society (AMS) has been the mainstay of the Montessori movement in the United States. AMS is a non-profit, non-discriminatory service organization dedicated to encouraging and supporting the use of the Montessori teaching approach in private and public schools. Member-supported, its funding comes mainly from Montessori-credentialed teachers, schools, administrators, teacher education programs, parents of Montessori schoolchildren, and interested friends. Ten thousand members strong, they are committed to furthering Montessori philosophy, making it a growing educational alternative, and promoting better education for all children regardless of age, socioeconomic status, or geographical location.
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.
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!
St.Luke’s School is a coeducational Episcopal day school enrolling students of all faiths from Junior Kindergarten through Grade 8.