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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.
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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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Nursery School
for Ages 2–3

The Seedlings nursery program at Corlears fosters the natural wonder and curiosity of 2- and 3-year-olds.

Program Overview

Through play-based learning and social interaction, we guide children to make discoveries about themselves, their classmates, the school community, and the world.

Every child enrolled in our Seedlings program will:

  • Develop a greater sense of self, expanding the ways they express their thoughts, needs, and interests.
  • Establish bonds beyond their immediate family members, developing a sense of belonging, courage, and compassion.
  • Engage in a play-based curriculum (think painting, sorting, singing, building, squishing dough, and dramatic play) that grows their sense of independence and creativity.
  • Experience science, math, art, language, movement, and Spanish through teacher-guided experiences and thoughtfully curated materials.

And we're there for you, too! We know that raising and educating children takes a village, and that's why we prioritize building a supportive community within our Seedlings program and beyond. We value the role of families as integral members of our school community, and strive to provide a nurturing environment for both children and caregivers.

Why Choose Corlears?

Why Choose Seedlings at Corlears?

We know how children learn best.

Corlears teachers honor this formative stage of early childhood by implementing an emergent curriculum — one that evolves over time and is influenced by each group’s curiosity. After careful observation of the children's interests and development needs, teachers introduce new materials, re-design classroom spaces, and pave the way for further experimentation and inquiry.

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Small class sizes, always.

Classes are formed with developmental readiness in mind, and children in the early childhood division are closely supervised throughout the day. Class sizes do not exceed 14 students, and all classrooms have 2–3 teachers present on a regular basis.

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Flexible, age-appropriate scheduling.

Programming options include 5 days/week from 8:45–11:45 a.m., with an extended-day option until 3:00 p.m., and after-school care options until 6:00 p.m. through Corlears Plus. Or, for our 2s, a 3-day flex option meeting on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:45–11:45 a.m. with the option of extending to 5 days/week as the school year progresses.

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2024–25 Maximum Tuition for Seedlings

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.

The below tuition rates are the maximum amount a family may be asked to pay for the 2024–25 school year.
The 2s

3 half-days per week: $22,000

5 half-days per week: $33,700

5 full days per week: $58,400

The 3s

5 half-days per week: $33,700

5 full days per week: $58,400

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.