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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.

Graduation day 2022 - Josh with a student

Middle School

Corlears School offers a comprehensive outplacement process that provides individualized support for all graduates and their families, including test and interview prep, application review, and more.
Corlears School graduates are high-achieving, thoughtful, and compassionate emerging leaders. Each year, our families are supported by a comprehensive, individualized outplacement process that ensures placement in an academic institution that serves their individual needs and learning style.

Our thorough outplacement program ensures a best-fit middle school match for each of our graduates. Corlears is a school made just for young children, and we have a reputation within the NYC middle school community for graduating students with a strong academic and social and emotional foundation who are well-prepared for the transition into middle school.

As a result, Corlears fifth graders are highly sought-after candidates with a number of prestigious schools to choose from, and all go on to one of their top three choices. Corlears alumni attend a variety of schools throughout New York City including single-sex, co-educational, traditional, progressive, public, and religious schools; plus, through a special partnership with The Calhoun School, Corlears graduates can choose to transfer their enrollment for sixth grade without a separate admissions process.

Additionally, Corlears is centrally located within the NYC DOE's second district. Regardless of their home address, our fifth graders are able to apply to selective District 2 public middle schools including the Salk School of Science, NYC Lab School, and Clinton School while receiving the same prioritization as District 2 residents.

How Outplacement Works

The outplacement process begins in the spring of fourth grade, when students sit for mock ISEE and SSAT exams. The results of these exams are used to identify learning opportunities and to develop curriculum for their graduating year, including individualized support from our Student Success Team (SST) as needed.

In the fall of their final year at Corlears, graduating families choosing to apply to independent schools are supported with test prep, mock interviews, application and essay review, one-on-one meetings with our Outplacement Director, and more. For those interested in transferring enrollment to The Calhoun School, the process is simplified. By October 31, those requesting financial aid from Calhoun will be provided with early indication of net cost; this expedited timeline allows families to continue with additional applications as needed, and with continued support from the outplacement team.

We’re proud to say that by the time our students are embarking on an outplacement process in fifth grade, they know themselves as learners, they are confident in who they are as individuals, and they hold values that help them determine what type of middle school resonates with them most. With the option to transfer enrollment to The Calhoun School, the prioritization in applications to District 2 public middle schools, and the built-in supports for independent school applications, Corlears endeavors to create an outplacement process that is stress-free and filled with moments of discovery for students and their families.

Partnership with
The Calhoun School

In 2023, Corlears School and The Calhoun School announced a partnership to share resources and bridge the school communities, allowing students who graduate from fifth grade at Corlears to directly transfer their enrollment to sixth grade at Calhoun.

Both schools have very similar philosophies regarding progressive education, including open-concept classrooms, an emphasis on inquiry-based learning, and values-driven community. Corlears and Calhoun's longstanding relationship of overlapping values combined with a history of Corlears graduates continuing on to Calhoun makes the partnership both easy and natural.
The Calhoun School

Calhoun Enrollment Transfer FAQ

Is this a merger?

No. Corlears School and Calhoun remain completely independent of one another and will continue to operate as separate schools. Our new middle school partnership is a positive relationship we’re thrilled to forge with a fellow NYSAIS school, thanks to our mutual positions as well-regarded and long-established progressive education institutions.

When does the partnership begin?

The partnership with Calhoun will begin with the class of 2024, meaning current fourth graders entering their graduating year will have the option to transfer their enrollment to Calhoun for middle school for the 2024–25 school year.

How will this impact the outplacement experience?

Corlears will continue to provide outplacement support to its graduating fifth-grade students for middle school. Our outplacement team will support families who wish to opt into the Calhoun enrollment transfer process, as well as those who choose to forego the transfer and apply to a variety of schools 

Can my child still apply to attend other middle schools?

Yes. Corlears supports families' choice and ability to decide on middle school options for their child, and Corlears families are not required to participate in the enrollment transfer process. While we are excited to have this relationship with Calhoun, a fellow NYSAIS member school, the dedicated outplacement team at Corlears will continue to provide comprehensive support to any family who chooses to attend any other independent, parochial, or public school for sixth grade.

"Our child’s transition from Corlears to Calhoun was seamless and she continues to thrive in her educational journey. Corlears School’s commitment to a child-centered, progressive curriculum empowered our child with a solid educational foundation and learning style to call her own, which continues to be fostered at Calhoun."


2013–2023 Middle School Admittance List

Bolded schools represent admittance in 2022 and 2023.
  • Academy at St. Joseph

  • Avenues World School

  • Bank Street School for Children

  • Berkeley Carroll School

  • Birch Wathen Lenox School

  • Blue School

  • Brooklyn Independent School

  • Brooklyn Friends School

  • Browning School

  • Calhoun School

  • Cathedral School

  • Chapin School

  • City and Country School

  • Clinton School for Writers and Artists

  • Columbia Grammar and Prep School

  • Dalton School

  • Dwight School

  • Dwight-Englewood School

  • Ethical Culture Fieldston School

  • Friends Seminary

  • Gateway School

  • George Jackson Academy

  • Grace Church School

  • Hackley School

  • Hewitt School

  • Horace Mann School

  • The IDEAL School

  • Institute for Collaborative Education (ICE)

  • Léman Manhattan Preparatory School

  • LREI – Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School

  • Manhattan Country School

  • Marymount
  • Masters School

  • Nightingale-Bamford School

  • Packer Collegiate Institute
  • Poly Prep Country Day School

  • Riverdale Country School

  • Salk School of Science

  • Simon Baruch Junior High School

  • School of the Future

  • Spence School

  • Staten Island Academy

  • St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s School

  • Studio School

  • St. Luke’s School

  • Stephen Gaynor School

  • Trevor Day School

  • Trinity School

  • UNIS (United Nations International School)

  • Village Community School (VCS)

  • WESS

  • York Preparatory School

What Alum Parents Have to Say

Having to write and talk about our family interests, strengths, and weaknesses with my son has made me understand him better and become closer to him. Before the outplacement process I thought I knew what type of school he wanted and needed. However, throughout this process I discovered that what I believed was not necessarily accurate.”
Corlears was a passionate advocate for my daughter with schools. The outplacement director had such confidence in her capacity as a learner, and I know she communicated this to schools; someone at Dalton heard her loud and clear.”
[Our son] has grown so much through this experience, and now, while he still feels sad about leaving, he is no longer afraid of the future. He feels informed and excited. We feel certain that the experience he has had throughout his nine years at Corlears has been the right mix of warm nurturing and creative learning that will serve him well into the next stage of his education.”

Connect with Admissions

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