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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 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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As Corlears students enter the all-important elementary years, it’s all about making connections and building independence.

Program Overview

Kindergartners are bubbling with new thoughts and ideas. Our Ks curriculum integrates social studies, science, math, art, and technology, fostering a growing understanding of how everything in our world is interconnected.

As students settle down to work, they apply the reading, writing, and math skills they began developing in their preschool years. Small-group instruction, along with phonics and movement, bring reading and writing to life. Morning meetings create multiple opportunities for whole-group discussion, and mini-lessons for skill development as they contribute to a community of learners.

Why Choose Seedlings at Corlears?

"The elementary years are arguably the most important years in a child’s educational journey. During this time, children are not only learning how to be students but also who they are as individuals. As elementary educators, we have the unique opportunity to help children develop a positive self-efficacy and strong ethical character so that they may go out and have a positive impact on the world."
Brenda Daniels Corlears School
Brenda A. DanielsElementary Division Director

In Kindergarten, students study "Self and Others." Each unit helps students study themselves in the context of their immediate surroundings. Students will learn about similarities and differences between children, families, and people in the communities they belong to. Students learn about respect for others, and rights and responsibilities of individuals. They also have a chance to explore the Chelsea neighborhood, and study jobs in the community.

Kindergarteners at Corlears experience learning through many subject areas, including:

  • Math: Students are encouraged to think like mathematicians through a constructivist approach, incorporating fact fluency rather than rote memorization. 
  • Art: In our art studio, kids are free to express their newfound ideas in creative ways, including through paint, clay, and recycled materials.
  • Science: In science lab, children focus on topics related to their social studies explorations — this is where new observation and critical thinking skills are cultivated.
  • Technology: Using iPads as tools, Kindergartners love mastering math and literacy skills.
  • Spanish: As children move into Kindergarten, they use their new understanding during morning meeting routines. Greetings, songs, weather, and the calendar are presented in Spanish.
  • P.E.: Students in the elementary programs begin to play competitive games where they learn the fundamental skills of volleyball, basketball, soccer, and floor hockey. Along with having fun, these activities help students develop peer relationships, teamwork, and a respect for fair play.
  • Music: All students develop musical and social skills through singing, playing games, participating in movement activities, and playing instruments. Students also learn songs of cultural and historical importance as they relate to units of study.

Why Choose Corlears?

We know how children learn best.

Decades of deep thinking on early years education has gone into the development of the Corlears curriculum. Our Kindergarten program provides children with a foundation of learning and confidence for their school life, and with our 50+ years of experience we are uniquely equipped to provide children with skills including language, math, science, and art, while also ensuring their social and emotional development.
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Small class sizes, always.

Classes are formed with developmental readiness in mind, and children are closely supervised throughout the day. Kindergarten classes do not exceed 16 students, and a 10:1 student-teacher ratio across the elementary division is standard. 

Teacher working with students in kindergarten

Supportive scheduling.

The elementary programs are full day, 8:30 a.m.–3:15 p.m., with before- and after-school programming available through Corlears Plus.

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2023–24 Maximum Tuition for Kindergarten

Instead of the traditional financial aid model, Corlears assesses financial information submitted through the Tuition Equity and Accessibility Model (TEAM) during the admissions process to determine the equitable tuition level for your student, which may be lower than the amount shown below.

For the Kindergarten program, $58,600 is the maximum amount a family may be asked to pay for the 2023–24 year. 

Connect with Admissions

Have questions? Our admissions team would be happy to help. Connect with the team anytime at admissions@corlearsschool.org, or click the button to subscribe for more information.