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Grade 1

Grade 1 marks an important transition period as students leave kindergarten behind and settle into the life of the Lower School. Students begin to develop the key skills and knowledge they need to move into deeper thinking and questioning.

In a warm and happy learning community, students care about each other and each other’s learning, and are not afraid to take risks and make mistakes.

Grade 1 offers the Primary Years Program of the International Baccalaureate curriculum. In this student-centered curriculum, learning is inquiry-based, ensuring that each student’s strengths and interests are at the forefront of the learning experience.

Students may study Spanish, French, or Mandarin. Additional language offerings and Mother Tongue language classes are available upon request.

Apply to grade 1 


Martha Hirschman
Head of Lower School
(212) 724-6360 Ext 220


Jessica Sarnicola
Associate Head of Lower School, Lower and Middle School Counselor



Maryll Spahn
Director of Admissions
Grades K-6


Liliana Rodriguez 
Associate Director of Admissions
Grades K-6


Melissa Andolina 
Assistant Director & Enrollment Manager, K - 12
(212) 724-6360 Ext 207