Our Guiding Principles

Our mission is to teach our students how to learn and love doing it, how to cultivate their curious minds for the rest of their lives, and how to develop a solid foundation on which to base wise choices and build meaningful futures.

Our vision is to offer a high quality, public elementary school education that will help close the opportunity, imagination, and achievement gaps for our high-need students by empowering, inspiring, and equipping them to fulfill their individual potential.

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Our three core values, with our three school mascots, represent the building blocks for lifelong achievement. Students choose which “badge of honor” will adorn their uniform.

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We believe every child deserves an equal opportunity to achieve their full potential; and the exceptional public education we’ve offered on the Lower East Side since 2005 is one of the best ways to ensure it.

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We believe teaching curiosity and critical thinking skills empowers students to be lifelong innovators and problem-solvers; and we have developed our experiential methodology and enriched curriculum to do just that.

We believe our intimate learning environment and individualized approach imbue our students with the courage, confidence, and character they need to navigate, compete, and succeed in the wider world.

Our school motto, “Changing the World, One Curious Mind at a Time,” encapsulates our belief in the transformative power of an exceptional public education.