Our Mission

New City School inspires children to engage joyfully in learning and achieve academic excellence while cultivating their personal strengths and passions. We empower our students to build community and advocate for a more just and equitable world.

Our Four Pillars

Academic Excellence

We work to ensure that our students from preschool to sixth grade are authentically engaged in their learning. Our students are strong academically; they are purposeful in their work. They are leaders and innovators who set goals for their learning, reflect, and approach challenges with dedication and a growth mindset.

Diversity Beyond the Numbers

Diversity is one of the founding principles of New City School, and it is deeply integrated throughout the other three pillars. We define diversity broadly, and intentionally build and nurture a diverse community, knowing that it is crucial for children to understand, commit to, and seek out diversity in school and in life beyond our red doors.

Personal Intelligences

The personal intelligences—interpersonal and intrapersonal—are the foundation for everything we do. Our promise is to nurture students to be introspective and empathetic.  Our students take the time to know one another and be truly known in return, and together they work to solve problems and lead for change. New City students are intentional in their actions, upstanders in their communities, and kind at heart. 

Joyful Learning

New City School students love going to school! Our students discover their interests; they learn to ask questions, stay curious, and develop a genuine love of learning. Our teachers dedicate time and space for students to share their ideas and take the lead in their own learning process throughout the day. Students develop the habits of mind to learn about themselves and others, chase their passions, and wonder about and re-imagine the world around them.