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A message from Head of School David Egolf and Assistant Head of School Mansi Vasa.

Our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
Learn about Corlears School's history, educational philosophy, mission, core values, and more.

Meet our faculty and staff and explore the directory.



Everything prospective families need to know about Corlears admissions.

Outlining the admissions processes for each of our academic programs, from toddlers through fifth grade.
Visit our campus and go inside the curriculum with school leadership. 

Changing the paradigm from financial aid to equitable tuition level-setting for all families.
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Everything you need to know about Corlears School in one handy booklet. Follow the link to receive a digital copy in your inbox.
Early Childhood Division
The Roots program for ages 16–24 months celebrates the way toddlers learn best: through the art of play and wonderment. 

The Seedlings nursery program fosters the natural wonder and curiosity of 2- and 3-year-olds.

Empowering children to become even greater participants in their learning and school community.
Elementary Division
As Corlears students enter the all-important elementary years, it’s all about making connections and building independence.

Building the foundation kids need to fall in love with learning and gain confidence for everything to come.

Comprehensive, individualized support for all Corlears graduates.
Auxiliary Programs
Classic summer fun with plenty of outdoor play, arts and crafts, and fun with friends. Led by Corlears teachers. Open to all.

All about the before- and after-school care available to families enrolled at Corlears.

Free family activities available on select Saturdays throughout the school year.
Meet the volunteer Board of Trustees and learn more about the committees and structures that govern Corlears School.

Events, holidays, and school closings.
Corlears families are important members of our school community, and we offer a number of ways to get involved.

How to get connected and stay involved with Corlears School's alumni community.
Corlears is a small school, but our community has a big heart — and many ways to get involved.

Every dollar has a lasting impact — not just on  students attending Corlears today, but on all children who come through our doors.

There are a variety of opportunities available for current and alumni community members to get involved by volunteering their time. 


The Tuition Equity Fund (TEF) will serve as the foundation for Corlears School’s first-ever endowment. Corlears has committed significant resources to become the leading school for young children driven by diversity and equity. 

Through the Tuition Equity Fund, we strive to cultivate inclusion and belonging for all community members for generations to come. Your support of the TEF brings to life our vision of a vibrant and connected community like no other in New York City.

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Welcome to
Corlears School

A progressive school made just for young children located in the heart of Chelsea.

Our Approach

At Corlears, children from toddlers through fifth grade build core values like compassion, responsibility, and empathy in an environment centered on social and emotional development. In our five decades of experience, we’ve come to understand that these early years are the most crucial formative years for every child. We specialize in guiding this age group because we believe the start of your child’s academic life should be nothing short of exceptional!
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We celebrate each child’s talents, learning styles, and identities in an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect.
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Project-based learning experiences encourage young minds to keep asking questions.
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Our close-knit community is driven to make the world a better place — starting in our own backyard.
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We’re cultivating considerate, ever-evolving thinkers, ready to make a difference in their world.
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Meet Our Community

Wondering what makes Corlears School so special? Press play to hear what students, staff, and alumni have to say about our warm, vibrant community.

Limited Spots Remain for Fall 2024!

Now that the ISAAGNY deadline has passed, families are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. Applications will be processed on a rolling basis. 

Subscribe to our email list to learn more about Corlears School and to receive updates from the admissions team. Or, get started today by visiting our Admissions and How to Apply pages. We look forward to getting to know your family!

Learn More About Corlears

From the Blog

Parents have questions, Corlears has answers! Discover articles, videos, and other resources about early childhood and early years education, plus news and updates from inside Corlears and our wider community. 
Visit the Corlears Blog

What Families Have to Say

Corlears is more than a school, it’s a community of family and friends that considers equity and inclusion as core pieces to learning and or the exchange of ideas and information. It has provided both my children with academic readiness, an understanding of collective responsibility and the confidence to share and welcome solutions for “why.”
Regina S.Corlears Parent
“Corlears has been a great school for our son and our family. Our son has learned to be a flexible thinker which has helped him excel in all subjects, and especially math. The school also instills its students with a strong sense of self, as well as an understanding of their community-members and the world at large.”
Niche.com ReviewCorlears Parent
“Corlears is a warm, special environment that’s hard to find in type-A NYC. If you want a kid who feels happy and secure and confident, then this is the school for you.
Julie S.Corlears Parent
"We absolutely love Corlears. Our children are thrilled to go to school every day, and they are learning and growing so much! It is amazing how well the school balances academic rigor with a progressive method of teaching, to ensure the kids all love learning and therefore are even more likely to achieve academic success. The faculty are gifted and incredibly invested in all of the children/families."
Review from Niche.comCorlears Parent
“The intimate setting of the school feels like a close-knit community. My daughter is extremely happy with the teachers and friends that she has made. Corlears students are confident, happy, critical thinkers that will make their mark on the world.
Sharhonda S.Corlears Parent
“Our children have thrived at Corlears. Since the school only serves elementary ages there is a real purity there. Our children have become such confident learners and now are real leaders.”
Niche.com ReviewCorlears Parent

Located in the Heart of Chelsea

You can find us just steps away from the A/C/E, 1/2/3, L, and PATH trains.