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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.

Fun with bubbles in the Corlears backyard with Love Child

Learn. Play. Grow.

The best in early education, free to the public on select Saturdays at Corlears School. Our last LPG Saturday was May 18, 2024, but we'll be back in the fall! Be sure to register for our mailing list to be among the first to know when LPG returns.

About Learn. Play. Grow.

Corlears School introduced Learn. Play. Grow. in October 2021. In founding this initiative, our mission has been to offer our expertise and facilities alongside a coalition of community-minded businesses and organizations in the effort to create broader inclusion and access for families in our diverse city.

We've opened our space up to hundreds of families from inside and outside our school community for completely free programming designed by our expert faculty in addition to partners including The GIANT Room, Love Child, Ramblin' Dan's Freewheelin' Band, Arts For All, and more!


Corlears School exterior

Equity, access, and belonging are core to who we are as a school and nonprofit organization, and we have 50+ years of experience fostering growth through play at the early childhood and elementary levels. LPG has been an exciting opportunity to share our mission with local families, and this is just the beginning!

Learn. Play. Grow. is also part of a larger initiative that includes shifting many aspects of the traditional independent school model, including the Tuition Equity and Access Model (TEAM), which has changed the paradigm from financial aid to equitable tuition level-setting for all Corlears families.

We hope to see you soon!

The Corlears backyard

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Making an Impact

Each year, we ask families to weigh in on the impact of Learn. Play. Grow. Here's what some of our LPG families had to say. 

"In The GIANT Room, I enjoyed how one staffer answered all the children’s questions but refrained doing the task for the child. She instead would ask, "How can you problem-solve?" This was a teaching moment even for me and I learned that kids are capable of handling tasks themselves. I started using this approach with my kids. So I even learned from The GIANT Room!"
"[Learn. Play. Grow.] opened my mind about what early childhood education should look like."
"[It was memorable] to see my child embrace new faces and a new environment. The staff made her feel so comfortable."
"This was really a tremendous experience for our children."

Make a Donation to Learn. Play. Grow.

LPG's mission of providing NYC families with free access to our facilities, programming, and early years expertise relies on the generous support of families like yours. Every dollar counts, and monthly giving in small amounts is available!

Corlears School is a public charity under Code Section 509 (a)(I) and exempt from federal income tax per Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. EIN # 13-5653140. No goods or services will be provided in consideration of this contribution. All gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law. 

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Programming Partners

Thank you to the partners, past and present, who have helped bring Learn. Play. Grow. to our growing community.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question not answered by our FAQs? Email us at lpg@corlearsschool.org.
Does my child have to be a student or alumni of Corlears School to take part in programming?

Nope! We founded this initiative to promote greater access and equity in our Chelsea community and surrounding boroughs, especially as families have struggled to maintain children's academic growth and wellbeing during the continued COVID-19 crisis and beyond. All families are welcome.

How do I register to attend? Registration will be available on Sawyer, though we're not live for the 2022–23 year quite yet.
The activity I'm interested in is full. What do I do? If your activity of choice is booked up, add your child to the waitlist. And if you drop by LPG for another registered activity on that day, you could get lucky — if there are a lot of no-shows at your activity of choice, there might be enough room for you and your child. However, please be gentle with staffers if there isn't enough room — we do our best to accommodate as many families as possible inside our small school, and we need to be mindful of everyone's safety. 
How much does Learn. Play. Grow. cost? Programming is completely free. Donations are accepted, however, and will be used to fund future programming in addition to our Tuition Equity and Accessibility Model (TEAM).
Can I drop my child off at LPG? While not every activity requires parent participation, all parents and caregivers must remain on-site at Corlears School with their child(ren) during Learn. Play. Grow. 
I want to partner with Corlears School, either as a programming partner or as a corporate sponsor. How can I do that? Email us at lpg@corlearsschool.org and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you!

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.