Virtual Tour

Thank you for your interest in New City School!

We hope that you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy. Due to guidelines from local government and health organizations in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we are currently unable to invite you to for an in-person tour of our wonderful school. During this time, we are offering meetings with our Director of Enrollment Management, Melanie Harmon, via Zoom, so that interested families can get answers to their questions about our school. Click here to get started!
 
We also invite you to watch the video below or click through the photo gallery for an introduction to the spaces available for children to learn and play at New City School. We can't wait to get to know you!

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3/4s spend their days in this classroom space. Student artwork is displayed on the walls, and stations for creative play and exploration using manipulatives encourage spatial, logical-mathematical, and bodily-kinesthetic (fine motor) growth. 3/4s participate in one annual singing performance with the other preprimary grades.

Many of our classrooms feature similar lofted areas. Each classroom utilizes this space in a different way: some are reading nooks, some are imaginative play areas with rotating props and costumes, some contain manipulatives to encourage fine motor growth.

4/5s begin their day with Morning Meeting, where they note the date, the weather, and how many days of school have passed. Children are also given "jobs" for the day's choice time blocks, to guide them to try out activities at stations where different skills and strengths can be explored.

4/5s classes participate in one annual singing performance with the other preprimary grades.

Kindergarten at New City School is an exciting time! Multiple classroom spaces are connected by a main common area (pictured), allowing students to build social connections through group activities. Students build fine motor skills through a revolving collection of manipulatives, and work on their reading and writing skills with regular classroom workshops. Children also learn about the human body throughout the year, with visits from physicians who speak with the students about their areas of expertise, such as the brain, heart, or lungs. 

Kindergarten students see the following specialists: Spanish, Creative Movement & Music, Computer Lab, Art, and Library. The grade participates in one annual singing performance with the other preprimary classes.

In 1st Grade, students come to understand themselves and the multiple communities of which they are a part. 

1st Grade students see the following specialists: Spanish, Creative Movement & Music, Computer Lab, Art, Performing Arts, Library, and Music. The grade participates in one annual performance.

By 2nd and 3rd Grade, students begin to understand how we, as global citizens, learn from the past to help shape the future. 

2nd Grade students see the following specialists: Spanish, Computer Lab, Art, Performing Arts, Library, P.E., and Music. The grade participates in one annual performance that is thematically tied into lessons from the classroom.

By 2nd and 3rd Grade, students begin to understand how we, as global citizens, learn from the past to help shape the future.

3rd Grade students see the following specialists: Spanish, Computer Lab, Art, Performing Arts, Library, Science, P.E. and Music. The grade participates in one annual performance that is thematically tied into lessons from the classroom. 

In 4th Grade, students embark on an in-depth study of government, including local, state, and national institutions, as well as discussing what it means to be a changemaker. Students take field trips to nearby government buildings, as well as hear from guest speakers such as local alderpersons and others integral to our city and state government.

In addition, 4th Grade students benefit from a year-long partnership with the nearby Central West End Farm, where they help plant, maintain, and harvest produce that is used to stock a local food pantry.

4th Grade students see the following specialists: Spanish, Computer Lab, Art, Performing Arts, Library, Science, P.E., and Music. The grade participates in one annual performance that is thematically tied into lessons from the classroom.

In 5th Grade, students delve deeply into the history of our country from colonization through the Civil Rights era, in order to understand how institutions and systems were formed in our country, and why people survive, thrive, and come into conflict.

5th Grade students see the following specialists: Spanish, Computer Lab, Art, Performing Arts, Library, Science, P.E., and Music. The grade participates in one annual performance that is thematically tied into lessons from the classroom.

By 6th Grade, students engage in a deep study of their own identity, unpack current events, and step outside of the United States to seek a deeper understanding of people and communities throughout the world. 

6th Grade students see the following specialists: Spanish, Computer Lab, Art, Performing Arts, Library, Science, P.E., and Music. The students participate in one annual performance, which is written by the 6th Grade class.

Our Multiple Intelligences Library is a multi-level space where children can explore books, puzzles, and more. There are cozy chairs for reading, and an area that allows for spatial (art) activities. Annual games tournaments in checker and Othello encourage not only critical thinking, but also good sportsmanship among our students. A Fibonacci spiral creating the back risers and depicted on the floor is both a decorative and functional part of our Multiple Intelligences Library, a visual reminder of how our intelligences can interact in many ways. The library space is also used for parent and faculty events, as well as guest speakers.

Our newest classroom, The Tom Hoerr Innovation Lab, reinforces our commitment to technology and science programming, as well as provides opportunities for children to construct, build, tinker, and dream. This all-ages classroom is a natural extension of our commitment to Multiple Intelligences education, and will allow our students to experience success and failure, develop grit and resiliency, and come up with creative solutions to design challenges. Curriculum for the Innovation Lab not only emphasizes STEAM concepts, but also encourages skills that are at the heart of the New City School experience and education: empathy, compassion, and teamwork.

At approximately 2,500 square feet, the Innovation Lab is made up of a large classroom area with movable tables, tools, a 3D laser printer, and other materials. It also features a full kitchen, which will be used in conjunction with our garden to incorporate lessons on nutrition and food science and to allow classes to cook dishes together using produce that the students have helped grow and harvest.

Every day is filled with discovery, creativity, and reflection in the New City School art studio! In addition to a wide variety of art making experiences, we use contemporary art, art criticism, and aesthetics to help us create and grow while focusing on creativity, confidence, collaboration, communication, community.

The art program is built around yearly themes that tie-in with the classroom curriculum, giving students the opportunity to express themselves as artists as well as allowing them to make connections to classroom learning.

The study of science is approached in a variety of ways from the discovery method in the preprimary classrooms, through thematic instruction in the primary years, and in specific science classes taught by our science specialist in 3rd through 6th Grades.

In all grades, science is experientially based, exposing children to real-life experiences whenever possible, and is formulated to help students build an understanding of the world around them. Using an inquiry-based process, students participate in activities that require them to be scientists using the scientific method of investigation. Through numerous, hands-on experiments and projects, students learn to observe, describe, sort, classify, measure, analyze and hypothesize as a basis for more advanced scientific skill sets. Classes take numerous field trips (including overnight trips for 4th-6th Grades) to explore STEM concepts outside of the classroom. 

In addition to singing, Kindergarten through 3rd Grade add percussion, recorders, and mallet instruments to explore a variety of music genres while building competency in tonality, rhythm, harmony, dynamics, and music notation. 4th Grade through 6th Grade music classes perform expanded arrangements for instrumental and vocal performance and deepen their understanding of music history, music theory, and the cultural importance of music. 3rd-6th Grade students may also participate in Beginning/Advanced Band, String Ensemble, and Vocal Ensemble.

Kindergarten through 6th Grade students take part in regular Technology specialist classes, when they learn the basics of coding, animation, podcasting, and more. Students are also encouraged to be good digital citizens, with an ongoing emphasis on safety and kindness in our digital age.

Founders' Hall Theatre is home to our grade level performances and weekly assemblies for Kindergarten through 6th Grade, as well as guest performances such as authors or visiting theater companies and special events like our 6th Grade graduation. 

Students in each grade level also receive regular Performing Arts classes, where they spend time singing, drumming, making and playing instruments of their own, composing music, dancing, choreographing, storytelling, acting, juggling, learning acrobatics, and more.

3/4s through 1st Grade students participate in regular Music and Movement classes in this space. In the pre-primary grades, music consists of movement and dance songs as students learn introductory elements of pitch, meter, and form.  Children also take part in exercise activities that encourage gross motor skills, physical fitness, and rhythm. 

Students in 2nd-6th Grade receive physical education courses at least once per week. Activities range from cooperative games that are related back to classroom work (ex. 2nd Graders learning about Westward Expansion may play a game based on the Pony Express) to more standard competitive sports such as basketball or capture-the-flag. Students participate in yearly physical fitness challenges, including a timed mile run around our outdoor track.

A large field surrounded by a running track is connected to our main playground. Older students are able to use the track and field during recess times, and outdoors events and activities are often held in the space.

A large garden space off of our soccer field and track is maintained by our parent-led Garden Committee. The area is planted with flowers, herbs, and vegetables: students and parent volunteers help with planting, care, and harvesting. Produce from the garden is used in classroom lessons as well as sold in seasonal Farmer's Markets for the school community.

Our youngest students have the opportunity to explore their Naturalist intelligence through the garden located on our preprimary playground. The children plant seeds, observe growth, and eventually harvest and eat the vegetables that they have cared for.

Children in our 3/4s through Kindergarten classes use this playground for their recess time. A small basketball hoop, tricycles, and oversized plastic building toys are also available for student use.

Does this look familiar? Our two serpents are a playground staple at New City School—and you may find similar sculptures at the City Museum! 

Children in 1st-6th Grades utilize our primary playground, located on the south side of the school. The playground features climbing structures, swings, and an amphitheatre, as well as garden spaces and an area for digging.

A brightly colored Driffin mural adorns the wall of the school, bordering an open space for basketball or other bodily-kinesthetic activities. The mural was designed by a former New City parent, and children who were students at the school were able to help with the painting. The Driffin, our school's mascot, is half dragon, half griffin: a creative solution when the vote for the new mascot resulted in a tie!

Collaborative Driffin sculptures can also be found around the school: these large-scale sculptures (often constructed from papier-mâché) are the creations of New City School students and teachers from throughout our history. The Driffin on the left was constructed during the 1980s, and on the right is from the 1990s. All school projects such as these sculptures foster a spirit of community and collaboration between our grade levels. 

A mural along the stairs to our second floor features changemakers from throughout history, including Maya Lin, Louis Braille, Elizabeth Blackwell, Harry S. Truman, Thurgood Marshall, Anne Frank, and Mahatma Gandhi. It was designed by New City School's former art teacher, and includes student artwork illustrating the lives and contributions of these historical figures.

4/5s through 6th Grade spend their lunch time in our garden level Dining Hall. Students have the option to bring a lunch or to sign up for a hot lunch, provided by a family-owned catering company. Risers along the south wall and a collapsable projection screen allow for the space to be used for events such as our annual Diversity Dinner & Dialogue speaker series.

A gathering space for parents and visitors is located in our main hallway. The space has a bookshelf with parenting resources available to borrow (and some picture books!), as well as a coffee station.

A concrete frog greets visitors at the corner of Waterman Blvd and Lake Ave. To the left is Betsy Blankenship Plaza, to the right our main Lake Ave doors.

Named for a former teacher and admissions director, the Betsy Blankenship Plaza is a place to feel a sense of community—on warm days, you can find parents and students hanging out after school, and our Performing Arts classes have been known to perform mini-plays in the amphitheater space.

New City School's Rules to Live By are engraved into the steps beside the Betsy Blankenship Plaza: Truth, Trust, Active Listening, Personal Best, and No Put Downs.

Important Dates:

January 31, 2021: Admission Applications Due
February 1, 2021: FACTS Applications Due
TBD: Kindergarten and 4/5s applicant assessment
TBD: 3/4s applicant assessment
March 12, 2021: Decision letters mailed
April 2, 2021: Contracts due 

If you wish to apply after January 31st, please contact our Director of Enrollment Management, Melanie Harmon. Applications are accepted after the deadline based on space availability.