Our Program

The foundation of a New City School education is a strong academic program.

Academic preparation at the elementary level is an important part of preparing children for success in the world. We consider it very important that our students be able to apply themselves well in all of the traditional academic areas, but there is so much more! We believe it is important that students have a deep understanding of themselves and others, and are actively involved in their own learning processes. The intentional focus on the “Personal Intelligences” sets the New City experience apart. From preschool through graduation, each child is guided and assessed on specific behaviors such as confidence, motivation, problem solving, responsibility, effort and work habits, appreciation for diversity, and teamwork. Having opportunities to work with others, and reflect on their interactions, enables students to learn to appreciate others’ perspectives and points of view, which ultimately results in a level of understanding and empathy beyond their years.

“Because of New City, my kids take real pleasure in learning and have a joyful sort of tenacity about their work, both in and outside of school. Whenever they’re faced with a challenge, I can tell they’re thinking, ‘How can I solve this my way?’ The answer might be in a book, in the natural world, in the science lab, in a drawing, or a song. It’s a beautiful thing to see—they really feel ready for whatever the world has to offer them.”  NCS Parent