Parents throughout New York City have many choices when it comes to selecting an independent school for their child. One of the questions parents ask themselves is which school is best for their child - one that ends at fifth grade or eighth grade or twelfth grade.
Corlears was founded on the fundamental belief that a school that ends at fifth grade provides the most benefits for a young child and his /her academic, social, and emotional growth. These benefits are:
- It is well known that the most critical years of your child’s education are those from preschool through grade five. It is during these years when Corlears teaches the skills that every child needs for a fruitful and successful life. Most importantly, Corlears carefully plants the seeds and nurtures a love of learning that will continue for a lifetime.
- When a school focuses only on children in their preschool and elementary years, it can devote all of its resources to providing a safe, wholesome, and rich environment for this age group only
- At Corlears, our children are in the hands of great teachers who respect children as individuals with their own unique strengths, talents, and interests.
- At Corlears, children are allowed to be themselves, i.e., children. There is no pressure to grow up too quickly or model themselves after middle and/or upper schoolers.
- The oldest children in our school, our fifth graders, have the special and memorable opportunity of being the student leaders of the school
- In Corlears’ safe environment, children develop important social skills and great confidence. Curiosity and creativity are celebrated daily. Kindness, respect, and integrity are integrated through children’s interactions with all members of the community – their peers, teachers, staff, and parents.
- Children love to go to Corlears because they are learning in a personalized environment where everyone knows each other. In this caring community, children feel needed, important, and secure. As psychologist Michael Thompson has stated, “Safety and comfort of small schools promote learning and provide children with a sense of ‘my world as a place I can master and take risks.’”
- Children graduate from Corlears as capable, passionate, and inquisitive learners who are well-prepared as they move on to new middle and upper schools
- Independent middle and upper schools offer acceptances to Corlears students because they ask questions, are not afraid to take risks, they work well with others, and are critical thinkers