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324 West 15th Street
New York, NY 10011

(212) 741-2800


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • Science Room
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Indoor and and outdoor play space
Other subjects taught Corlears has a nursery school program for ages 2 1/2 to 4 year old and an elementary grades K - 4th Grade.

From the Director:

The Corlears curriculum has been structured to foster the development of important basic skills. We encourage children to become accomplished readers and writers, skilled in mathematics and paracticed in the arts of observation, creative thinking, and problem solving. We also provide a solid grounding in social studies, the sciences, history, and geography. Art, music, drama, library, woodworking, physical education, and movement classes are vital extensions of our more formal classroom activities. The development of our curriculum is an ongoing process. Because children learn with their entire beings, their bodies, minds, and emotions and have an innate desire to master their world, we believe that they learn best in an emotionally supportive atmosphere, through experiences that grow out of the environment and the resources at hand. Our educational materials are age-appropriate, and progress from the concrete to the abstract. The curriculum follows a sequential plan from year to year. We integrate the curriculum so that social studies, language arts, mathematics, and the arts are addressed in a variety of ways, This approach to education encourages the ability to develop solutions to intricate and complex problems, facilites the development of analytic skills, and promotes flexibility in thinking. In the development of lifetime cognitive skills, the learning process is as important as the educational content. Corlears children are encouraged to be questioning and to express their curiosity in everything they do. This results in an active learning process, one which involves experimentation, evaluation, and hypothesis testing. The curriculum also provides for the exploration of individual interests as they develop.' Extracted from the school's website

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Educational practice at Corlears is based on the belief that educating students to be well informed,socially engaged, critical thinkers is essential in order to sustain a healthy democracy. We have internationally created an intimate enviroenment, well suited to the needs of children through the early elementary years, where students can easily navigate both the physical space and social networks of the community. Because we believe that children's lives are enriched by viewing the world from multiple perspectives we seek to create an economically and culturally diverse community that reflects our immediate neighborhood and the city beyond. We recognize that students are interested in exploring differences as well as commonality among their peers and in the larger world. We work to create an atmosphere of respect and appreciation by encouraging students to tell their stories and actively listen to one another. We believe that children learn best when teachers take into consideration their experiences and interests, their prior knowledge, and their particular cognitive strengths. As a school steeped in progressive philosophy we recognize the need to give students a 'voice' in their education by allowing their questions and investigations to shape the emphasis of our core curricular areas. By Core Curriculum we are referring to the big ideas or subject areas around which al of the different learning activities of the class are organized. At Corlears, Social Studies and Science - the study of human communities and the natural world that sustain them - serve this purpose. Our goal is for students to graduate from Corlears as confident learners and committed friends with sophisticated understanding of the dynamics of community. Our graduates have the academic and social skills to take their places as valued members of a wide range of independent and public schools throughout the city." Extracted from preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school