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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 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.

Corlears School front of building

Frequently Asked Questions

All About Corlears

How many students attend Corlears?
  • There are 120 students enrolled for the 2021-22 school year.

  • Average class size is 10-15 students depending on the age level.

  • 2 teachers per classroom at each age level.

What is the size of the Corlears faculty and staff?

We have 42 faculty and staff members for the 2021-22 school year.

  • Head Teachers hold a Masters Degree

  • Assistant Teachers hold or are studying for Masters Degree

Tell me about the Corlears School building and facilities.
  • Fall 2011 marked the completion of the first phase of Corlears’ expansion and renovation project. As a result, all of Corlears new features are compliant with environmentally sound principles and the American Disabilities Act.

  • There are 11 light-filled and spacious classrooms. A piazza exists on each of the classroom floors which is intended for informal gathering, student drop-off and pick-up.

  • Our library has 7,500 books.

  • There is a 720 square foot art studio.

  • Self-contained science lab.

  • A 1,720 square foot gym.

  • A music room.

  • Enclosed yard for recreation and play.

Tell me about the Corlears curriculum and accreditation. Corlears curriculum is interdisciplinary, active, and collaborative learning, focusing on the whole child. Learn more by visiting our program overview page. Corlears is accredited by NYSAIS, and a member of NAIS and ISAAGNY.
When does the school year begin and end? The first day of school is September 13, 2021, and the last day of school is June 10, 2022. Please view the full Corlears School Calendar here.
What are Corlears' arrival and dismissal times?

We have staggered our arrival and dismissal schedules based on the need for social distancing.

  • Drop-off: Between 8:25–8:45 a.m., depending on classroom.

  • Dismissal (half day nursery programs): Between 11:45 a.m. and Noon.

  • Dismissal (full day preschool and elementary programs): Between 3:00–3:15 p.m. Dismissal is 30 minutes earlier on Thursdays to accommodate staff meetings.

The Roots toddler program follow its own arrival and dismissal schedule. See here for more information.

Are there extended hours?

Corlears offers three different extended day options for families for a small fee:

  • Early Birds — Students arrive as early as 8:00am and are supervised and accompanied to their respective classrooms at 8:30am. A small fee is charged for Early Birds.

  • Corlears Plus — Is our after school childcare program. Childcare is available after school from 3:15-6:00pm. There is a daily charge.

Do families need to pack lunch for their students? Students in our K-5th grade program are provided lunch by Butterbeans, our food service provider. You can find more information here.
What is the Corlears tuition? And what is the Tuition Equity and Accessibility Model? In the 2022–23 school year, Corlears will introduce the Corlears Tuition Equity and Accessibility Model (TEAM), changing the paradigm from financial aid to equitable tuition level setting for all families. The TEAM uses a simple questionnaire administered in the fall to determine the equitable tuition level (from zero to maximum) for all our families. Families who wish to opt out may do so, and pay the maximum tuition.
What is Corlears' immunization policy?

To protect our community from infectious diseases, Corlears adheres to all federal, state and local guidelines and regulations. In accordance with Section 2164 of the New York State Public Health Law and the regulations of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the City and State require students aged 2 months to 18 years to get vaccines at specific grade levels. These requirements are based on federal recommendations, and include New York City’s requirement of an influenza vaccine. All students at Corlears must be in compliance with these immunization requirements.

Making sure that your child is healthy and vaccinated protects their health, as well as other students' health. In a school with so many very young children, it is especially critical for us to adhere to these regulations. For these reasons, Corlears will also comply with and enforce any additional regulations set forth by federal, state and local officials in response to outbreaks of infectious disease that impact our community.

Note: Parents and guardians are required to upload the completed form above, which should reflect proof of immunization, to Magnus Health before the first day of school. More information and all of the necessary forms can be found on the Corlears Parent Portal.

Do you have a COVID-19 vaccine mandate?

As an independent school, we are required to follow state and local mandates regarding immunization for children and staff, and the same will be true for the COVID-19 vaccine for children. Also, as we did with our faculty and staff, we will provide families with time to learn about the vaccine, and consult their doctors before requiring it ahead of any state or local mandates.

Regardless of the pacing of state mandating, all children who are eligible for the vaccine (ages 6 months and older) are required to be fully vaccinated prior to the 2022-23 school year. Eligibility includes age levels approved for the vaccine through either emergency use authorization or full FDA approval. Medical exemptions will be considered.

Students are required to show proof of receiving a COVID-19 booster prior to the start of the 2022–23 school year, or within two weeks of eligibility for boosters approved after the start of the 2022-23 school year.

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Connect with Admissions

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.