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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.

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The Corlears 50th Anniversary Campaign

What makes Corlears School so special? Press play to hear directly from our community. 



Build. Grow. Maintain.

Corlears School has a saying our students and alumni know well: "Our roots go down."

It means that no matter where our students go in life, they’ll always find themselves connected to the learning, values, and community developed during their time at Corlears.

In 2018, Corlears celebrated its 50th anniversary — an exciting time not only for the school, but also for our exceptional community of students, parents, alumni, and supporters.

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.

Brandon Weber Board Chair
Brandon WeberBoard Chair & Campaign Co-Chair
"When I look at my twin 7th graders today I see Corlears reflected in them. They respect and love learning and they are grounded and empathetic. They continue to thrive in their new school; we will be forever grateful to Corlears and we are proud to support it."
Pearl Mago Board Member
Pearl MagoBoard Member & Campaign Co-Chair
"I see Corlears as a hidden gem. Our experience has demonstrated that Corlears' holistic education helps children build a strong intellectual foundation and teaches them to advocate for themselves and others in their community. The Corlears campaign will make sure that the school continues to nourish and nurture students' minds and instill in them the importance of empathy and kindness."

Our Transformational Vision

Corlears School's founding director, Irene Neurath, had a vision for an inclusive, collaborative, creative early childhood institution. In 1968, together with a group of committed parents and educators, she opened a small nursery school that came to be Corlears. We're proud to say all these years later, we are still true to our roots as a school made just for young children.

Today, as we continue to flourish and push the boundaries, our $4 million campaign is the key to unlocking the potential of this groundbreaking vision.


Establish Corlears as the Leader in Early Years Education

This focus ensures that Corlears establishes its leadership in early years education by investing in the people and program of Corlears, especially our math, social justice, and social and emotional learning programs.

  • Invest in our faculty and staff. Protect and enhance our competitive salaries and benefits, regardless of an unstable economy or enrollment, and support our program leadership roles, and create platforms for our faculty to share their expertise. 
  • Grow our program. Enhance our developmental approach to math, social justice, and social emotional learning that supports a diverse community through staffing, leadership, and extraordinary professional development opportunities.
  • Enhance our facilities. Invest in financing and capital improvements that support our growing program and ensure that our building is meeting the developmental needs of our students.
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Create a Truly Diverse School

Creating a truly diverse school requires securing our innovative Tuition Equity and Accessibility Model (TEAM). The campaign has launched the Tuition Equity Fund to support its implementation. Alongside the Tuition Equity Fund, resources will be directed to school partnerships and community relationships aligned with Corlears' vision.
  • Establish the Tuition Equity Fund. Seed the Tuition Equity Fund to serve as a support to maintain our vision for socio-economic diversity with 50% of students paying significantly less than maximum tuition.
  • Create a network of partnerships. Enhance our middle school partnership approach, and build partnerships with preschools and Head Start programs across NYC to fuel a vibrant enrollment profile like no other independent school in NYC.
  • Advance the Learn. Play. Grow. initiative. Continue utilizing the LPG community center and explore other community based programming to expand Corlears’ ability to reach, support, and engage with its community.
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Five Years of Progress

We've been quietly working toward our goal since 2018, and we're excited to announce that – thanks to our incredible donors – we've raised $3.6 million of our $4-million goal. This funding from these generous supporters has already allowed us to:

  • Create a competitive and equitable faculty salary scale
  • Invest in professional development to build our faculty and staff expertise, especially in social justice and math
  • Hire and implement Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Math Coach roles
  • Establish the Tuition Equity and Accessibility Model (TEAM), changing the paradigm of financial aid to equitable level setting
“The Corlears community is a collective foundation for the young children we nurture, guide, and challenge as we learn, play, and grow together. Our approach to teaching and learning is integrated with a thoughtfully designed facility, a staff that works explicitly towards child-centered goals, and a leadership and governance team with a deep commitment to creating that foundation in an equitable and inclusive environment. As children graduate and move on to the school that they have selected, they do so as emerging leaders, ready to make a difference.
David Egolf Corlears School
David EgolfHead of School

Join Us to Reach Our $4 Million Goal

Now, we’re asking our full community to partner with us to raise the remaining dollars needed to foster this vibrant, truly diverse school community. Will you join us to reach our $4 million goal?

Corlears relies on the philanthropic support of its current and alumni families to achieve its vision of a child-centered learning community built on a firm commitment to inclusion and innovation. Gifts raised for the campaign go beyond annual fundraising and provide meaningful commitments funding the school's strategic investments for the future.  

Ways to Give

Thank you for being part of the journey, and for believing in our school made just for young children.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss contributing, please reach out to the team at development@corlearsschool.org

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Thank You to Our Co-Chairs and Committee Members

Special thanks to current campaign co-chairs Brandon Weber and Pearl Mago; former campaign co-chairs Cristi Andrews Cohen and Lindsay McKnight; and the following steering committee members:
  • Jay and Savita Bharadwa
  • Tim Bixby
  • Tim Blake
  • Jo Burnside
  • Anna-Lisa Cohen
  • Sabrina Coughlin
  • Nancy Gaba 
  • Chris Grimaldi
  • Pearl and Akhil Mago
  • Joelle Matloff
  • Tom Morton
  • Renée Nicholson
  • Julie Satow
  • Sarah Steinhaus
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