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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.

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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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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 Corlears 50th Anniversary Campaign

In 2018, Corlears celebrated its 50th anniversary. In honor of this significant milestone, Corlears School embarked on a 5-year, $4 million campaign that goes beyond our physical structure; this campaign is focused on our heart. Over the past five years, Corlears has been building a truly innovative and transformational vision that is growing a new model for what a private school made just for young children can be.

Early childhood students hard at work in the sand bin

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

At Corlears, we strive to foster change-makers and leaders in this world. This is where the work starts.

At Corlears, our mission is to make space for young children to develop compassion, imagination, critical thinking, and leadership. We believe that awareness, empathy, and personal dignity can be cultivated through the exploration of the languages we speak, the beliefs and traditions we observe, the colors of our skin, our age, gender, sexual orientation, the configuration of our families, and our socioeconomic differences.

We do not see this work as a trend; rather, we see it as an imperative.

Why Choose Seedlings at Corlears?

Why Choose Seedlings at Corlears?

Diversity Statement

Corlears is committed to creating an environment and shaping a curriculum that embraces difference.

Small Children Growing Big Values: Teaching DEIB

What does diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging look like at Corlears?

There are two critical foundations that young children need in the context of equity and inclusion: 

  1. Positive self-identities
  2. An understanding of how to acknowledge and celebrate diversity in an inclusive and equitable way

As a school, we achieve these two foundational goals through active modeling and a comprehensive identity and social justice curriculum. Here’s what that looks like:

  • We explicitly provide our students with the language and understanding to recognize and celebrate their own identity and the identity of others.
  • Children are taught to see things from multiple perspectives and consider the whole community. This is a life skill that we teach daily and hope that our students will use at Corlears and continue to exercise throughout their lives.
  • With scaffolding from expert faculty, students explore situations that are unfair and are provided with the tools to take action to support fairness for all.
  • Diversity of thought is encouraged as students develop creative solutions to the intellectual, social, and emotional challenges they encounter.
  • Through active listening and questioning, we develop critical thinkers who are compassionate and informed.
  • Community interactions are intentionally designed to be as inclusive and equitable as possible, and we strive to create a community in which each member can see themselves represented and valued.

When we do this work, we help to create a community in which everyone feels like they belong, that they are accepted, valued, included, and encouraged by others both inside and outside the classroom.

Social justice notebook

Belonging at All Levels: A School-Wide Commitment

Through school-wide commitment to our core values, we model inclusion and create safe spaces of belonging for children to explore identity, cultivate compassion for fellow human beings, and a sense of responsibility and courage to act when harm is done - whether within the four walls of the classroom or beyond.

In the classroom, our core values center our focus on the humanity of others, how to acknowledge harm and help heal pain, and our steadfast belief in the resolution of conflict by peaceful means.

As a school, we decisively condemn actions rooted in hatred, bigotry, prejudice, and violence on the basis of identity. Tragically, we see several instances - locally, nationally and internationally - that violate our core values and cause personal pain for members in our community. In these moments, we reaffirm our commitment to supporting our faculty and families, who serve as the anchor for children to experience school as a safe space. 


Faculty and Staff Training

Every faculty member at Corlears engages in training opportunities to become adept at talking and teaching about identity and race. All faculty and staff participate in regular caucus groups and are invited to affinity spaces to deepen dialogue around their experiences related to race and ethnicity, and intersectionality with aspects of social identity in the workplace.

Board of Trustees Commitment

Corlears School's Board of Trustees has been actively working to support the school’s diversity, equity, and inclusion mission since the start of the program in 2006. Over the years, they’ve deepened their commitment to furthering the school’s work in this area on all levels — from leadership to students. In the 2020–21 school year, they partnered with our Assistant Head of School Mansi Vasa — then our Director of Equity and Inclusion — to create the CARES (Culture, Action, Representation, Education, and Support) framework, outlining the specific actions the Board and its members will take immediately and over time to create a more equitable and inclusive school.

The Work Never Stops: Our Ongoing Dedication to DEIB

The work of forwarding diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging is an iterative, ongoing journey. We are continually reflecting and assessing our practice along the way.

Corlears is committed to:

  • Engaging in an ongoing examination of our curriculum to ensure that it represents and explores, in an age-appropriate manner, issues of diversity and justice in our society.      
  • Ensuring a diverse community by, among other things, conducting outreach and developing partnerships, like those we have with Bank Street Head Start and Early Steps. We also do this through the maintenance of a strong parent “buddy” program, and setting equitable tuition levels through the Tuition Equity and Accessibility Model (TEAM).
  • Working to recruit, support and retain students, families, staff and Board members with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
  • Having a standing Board of Trustees task force dedicated to Partnership for Equity and Inclusion, which is charged with oversight of school policies and practices to help advance our mission and ensure that our goals are being met.
  • Conducting staff development and fostering collaboration to best serve the needs of our student population.
  • Providing ongoing programming at various times throughout the year in order to facilitate discussions between experts and the school community concerning all matters of diversity both at Corlears and in society at large.

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Interested in enrolling your child at Corlears School? Connect with the team anytime at admissions@corlearsschool.org, or subscribe for more information about our school programs.