At New City School, we strive to build upon our students' curiosity, inspire a love of learning, and foster self-awareness. Our students learn to be researchers and problem solvers who respectfully express themselves and their beliefs while relentlessly seeking out a diversity of thought. Our curriculum is intentionally designed to graduate students who view the world through the lenses of equity and social justice and lead with purpose, passion and empathy.  

Our faculty and administration are committed to meeting the needs of each child. Therefore, they work together to create a dynamic curriculum founded in brain research and an understanding of the multiple intelligences. They collaborate in grade level teams and as a whole faculty to reflect upon and continually develop and refine a curriculum that is developmentally appropriate and that builds upon itself year by year. Like our students, our teachers are ongoing learners; therefore, individuals and groups of teachers regularly attend professional development workshops and conferences to further inform their curriculum and instruction. Our curriculum is designed through an inquiry stance and our teachers and students deepen their understanding through the use of essential questions and authentic learning.

Communication between families and teachers is an important part of a child’s education. Our teachers are easily reachable by phone, email, or in person. Intake conferences are held during the first weeks of school and Back to School Night takes place in early September. Teachers send out weekly classroom newsletters to share more about the curriculum and what students are currently learning about with families. Each family has a conference with their child’s primary teacher in October and March and additional conferences can be scheduled as needed throughout the year. Narrative progress reports are sent home in early January and late May to document students’ growth.

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