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The Studio School

Private | PK-9 | 56 students

An interdisciplinary curriculum

 
 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $799,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,580.

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Posted August 4, 2014

My son loves The Studio School & so do I! There are so many reasons - big and small, but here are just a few. All of the teachers in the school get to know your child. My son has been in the program only one year (twos/threes program), but teachers that teach older children know and understand what makes him special. Understanding each child's needs and how to develop an environment in which they will thrive is a core competency for the school. The parents at the school are warm & welcoming. And the facilities are good for the location and square footage in which they operate. I look forward to my son returning next month. If you re looking for a place where your child and family will feel at home this is the place!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2014

Our son started his first year of middle school at The Studio School last year, and we could not have been happier. If you believe in the progressive process, then you understand how important it is teach our children to be creative and critical thinkers. Often at that age it is their awareness of society and trying to discover their place in it that can mar that process. The Studio School are experts at helping children navigate these difficult stages with their emphasis on social and emotional development. It is exactly what our son needs at this crucial time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2014

We are extremely pleased with Studio s approach and the impact it s had on our daughter. The school fosters an environment where children develop a love for learning and their curiosity and interests are encouraged from day 1. Teachers really get to know each one of the students and understand how to engage and inspire them. Studio is also a place that fosters an incredible sense of community where not only the child but the whole family is involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2014

My husband and I were blown away by how sensitive, involved and invested the teachers and head of school were through our family's first year. Like most parents, we agonized over the vast array of school choices there are in NYC. As new parents to our first child, we focused on HIS experience but did not realize how much of an extended family our new chosen school would become for all of us. Not only are the teachers and staff completely devoted to my child's education, they are also equally committed to communicating and interacting with us parents. Our family was warmly welcomed into this all inclusive school, where the entire family feels a sense of belonging, sharing and learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2014

My husband and I are delighted with the education our two children are receiving at Studio. Both kids are entering their third year at Studio this fall, one in elementary and one in preschool. Studio staff helped our daughter learn to deal with frustration and become much more confident. Our son's teachers recognized and encouraged his interest in math and problem solving, and as he enters his kindergarten year is is adding, subtracting, and multiplying because they cultivated his natural interests. The community is warm, welcoming, and very supportive. For us the real question when choosing a school was not whether our children would learn what they need to know, it was whether they would want to learn. This morning my 6 year old daughter told me that she wants to learn everything about everything and be a scientist. Both kids have started asking me when they get to go back to school. Great work, Studio School!!! We thank our lucky stars we are a part of this great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2014

We couldn't be happier with our kids' experience at the Studio School. Small classes, highly attentive teachers and a real family feel. There is not even a hint of the snobby behavior one might expect from a Manhattan private school -- not by the students, the parents or the teachers. They do a phenomenal job at Studio.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2014

Great academics in a nurturing environment. Plus the school has it's own kitchen where students help prepare food and learn about nutrition and how to follow a recipe and how to double it or halve it. Students eat with their teachers family style, and the food is healthy and delicious. The school truly takes great care of its students - from their minds to their bellies!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2014

Our son has been at Studio since he was two--he's now nine--and we have been very happy. It is a close community of really caring teachers and a supportive administration. We were debating between St. Hilda's and Studio, two schools that could not be more different! But we are so glad we went the Studio route (nothing against St. H's) because we feel their approach has worked extremely well for our son. He is a star in some classes and struggles in others and Studio really supports him on both sides of his academic coin, if you will. We love Studio and recommend it strongly to any family that is looking for a unique, supportive educational experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2014

My daughter has been at Studio School for 6 years. (Ages 3-9.) She's gone from building with blocks, to collaborating with classmates and building an elaborate model of the hudson river and its surrounding environment. She's gone from eating rice-cakes at snack time, to discovering how taste buds work, and experimenting with which parts of the tongue taste different things. She's gone from learning that cow starts with letter C, to reading and discussing many exciting books, and discovering the journeys that characters, authors, and readers take. And lastly, she's going through the whole Studio School experience expressing herself and caring about herself, as well as listening to and caring about others. Overall, the kids do creative, exciting, and challenging work at the Studio School, and also have tremendous personal growth.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2014

My daughter has been attending The Studio School for one year now and I find it to be a very supportive and nurturing environment. I'm pleased at how safe the children are made to feel about expressing themselves, which serves to boost their self-confidence in group settings. My daughter is on the shy side and I see her becoming more confident in a group setting because her opinion and input is encouraged and valued by her teachers. The teachers, by the way, have been amazing. Extremely attentive, attuned to each child, and very supportive to my wife and I as parents. We feel we've become better parents through working with the teachers along the way. While it is a challenge for us to afford the tuition, it has been worth its weight in gold for setting what I see is a solid foundation in my daughter's academic career. She's now learned that school can be fun, safe, and exciting so I hope that she'll carry that with her throughout her life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2014

This is our second year at The Studio School. Our son is enthusiastic and excited about school. He wakes up and hurries us to school. He likes his teachers, his friends and Mr. Bunny (the class rabbit). What we like about Studio is The Kitchen and Science Program, Work Period and Group. The Kitchen and Science Program is teaching our son math, conversions and measurements. We like that our son is learning math and having fun doing it. Work Period is something we hear a lot around our house. This is when the students build and create projects using an assortment of materials. These projects can be a book, a sculpture made of clay, a painting or drawing. Our son's favorite is creating original art from recyclable materials. Because of Work Period our son wants to recycle everything in the house and use it to create art. Group occurs in the morning when the entire school assembles and the students express themselves in an open forum. It s amazing to listen to our son express himself and hold conversations with adults and his peers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2013

I am in a specialized public high school now, and graduated from The Studio School at the end of the 8th grade. I feel exceptionally well prepared for the academic challenges of high school because Studio taught me how to be a student. There is an emphasis on how to learn and how to think and these are the skills that have helped me with my current classes. I read 4 full length Shakespeare plays in middle school and these gave me the foundation for reading difficult literature in high school. I was surprised that when I was a freshman, many of my classmates had not read any Shakespeare and while I was comfortable with the language, they were struggling. Socially, I feel that I can relate to my teachers and classmates effectively so that I can collaborate and get help when I need it. In my school now, there is an emphasis on public speaking, which I am able to accomplish with ease because there are many opportunities at Studio to speak in a group. I also learned how to listen when others are speaking and to respond to their ideas. Overall, Studio taught me how to do my work to the best of my ability whether I liked it or not and this has made me feel very fulfilled.


Posted October 25, 2013

When I reflect on the education I received during my 8 years as a student at the Studio School, I am in in awe of how enlightened the approach to learning was at the time. I received a full, well-rounded education delivered in such a natural, seamless manner that I didn't realize I was being 'schooled,' so to speak. The Studio School was years ahead of the status quo when I attended and have continued to evolve up until this day.


Posted October 9, 2013

It's such a relief to find a place where children can learn to be themselves in a way that makes the communication between parents and children more harmonious. People always say "how did you do teach him that?" But it's him, it's the environment where he is supported every day at Studio, not us (we are learning too, all the individual attention and communication from teachers, how to be parents, how to help him grow)! We are always kind of surprised, how he does things on his own, how he speaks up for himself. At two and half, he's his own man. Like he suddenly wanted to use the potty (we never tried to "train" him) or when he suddenly brings his dishes from the table to the sink without nagging (we hear about how our friends are always on their kids, always a struggle, and it doesn't stick) , or he says "Mom, I feel tired. Can we go to bed now?" Shocker! He knows and trusts what his body needs! Or says "Mom, I'm angry! I don't like that" very clearly, without a tantrum or throwing stuff. This is learning to me. Learning to communicate. Learning to work through conflict, to connect as a family, to recognize that everyone has their own path and respect it. Studio fosters this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2013

I am a previous student and I would not recommend this school. They place a high emphasis on the arts which takes away valuable time from learning the core subjects like history. At my time at studio I never had a history class like Social Studies which shocked all my high school teachers. When I went to high school, my 9th grade math teacher told me "You re very smart but I am very surprised you don't know these basics." Unfortunately, they spend too much of a student s education on murals, preparing for shows, and art works for the annual gala. In Studio there is also favoritism for the rich and white. Contrary to popular belief public schools are VERY GOOD! I receive more attention in a public high school and feel more academically prepared. I have found a great balance maintaining my 4.0 and individuality. A Studio School student will not find that. When they leave they find that they are academically and/or socially behind because there is a lack of diversity in Studio. The times may have changed now but during my time, there were only a handful of minority students. The world beyond Studio is not cuddled it is tough and they lack to offer their students real world experience.


Posted January 30, 2012

Having recently toured The Studio School I could not agree more with the parents who have wonderful things to say about the school. The community seems to be a very supportive and the teachers and staff seem sensitive to the learning pace of each child. I like the feel of the community and he will hopefully be attending there in the fall. We are all excited about the choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2010

The Studio School has been a wonderful experience since day one! The faculty and Head of School have shown great interest in every and all students as well as the parents. This school is a very close knit community - exactly what I was looking for my child's education experience. The events they hold are fantastic from things like "A Lousy Comedy" - which is when the students perform their own interpretations of Shakespeare's works to the annual Baker's Delight fundraiser - which works mainly from the parents participation of baking and selling their specialties. I can go on listing so much more! I would consider attending one of their tours or open houses to see for yourself!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2006

My child and our family have benefited greatly from being at Studio School. I appreciate the support the school has given to me as a parent in understanding where my child is in his development. I have always felt confident in his teachers. During the parent-teacher conferences, I have been amazed at how on-target they have been with regard to who he is, his strengths and the things with which he may be having some difficulty. I have also appreciated the parent development meetings and the willingness of the head of school to work with our family on various things such as bedtime routines, setting limits, etc. The community is warm and close-knit lots of playdates. There are opportunities to be involved if you are so inclined.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2006

The Studio School enables and empowers the individual growth of each child on all levels. Students graduate from the school as independent learners who are self-motivated and highly educated. The principle is an experienced leader in education who has been in the field for over 30 years. Her commitment to the students in the school is second to none. The community is caring, supporting and giving and parent involvement is fully encouraged not just in fund-raising, which is extremely important, but also in wonderful community events such as the Thanksgiving Feast, Annual Gala, Multicultural Festival, Annual Picnic etc. Parents are themselves educated along with their children and take an active and participative part in their child's educational journey. Each teacher in the school is fully in tune with every student's individual educational needs. I am a current parent whose children have been in the school now for over 5 years!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2006

My daughter is a graduate of the Studio School and I highly recommend this school. The faculty throughout my daughter's schooling has been remarkably supportive, both empathic and challenging always attuned to her needs. My daughter was very well prepared academically and was above grade in math and writing. Her high school teachers comment on her ability to work successfully in a group as well as alone. I fully credit the Studio School for this training. The parents are very involved in varied events; multi-cultural festival, bake sale, annual gala auction, etc. I always enjoyed the fun spirited and warm sense of community of Studio.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 64% 52%
Black 18% 21%
Hispanic 16% 21%
Asian 2% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
Greek and Danish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
  • others upon student request
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Greek and Danish
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Janet C. Rotter
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • Infant
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Multi-aged
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
  • others upon student request
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Greek and Danish
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • based on child's needs
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Art room
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Westside Coalition Against Hunger
  • Homes for the Homeless
  • NYC Green Market
  • Standing Tall
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Sports

Boys sports
  • through our school gym program
Girls sports
  • through our school gym program

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Choir
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • support specific initiatives
More from this school
  • The Studio School educates the hearts and minds of children as we nurture the unfolding of their authentic spirit and character. Our students learn to value intellectual and creative ideas, and to take pleasure in the process of discovery. We seek a deep and lasting academic excellence, one that is achieved when children are motivated to embrace for themselves the journey of learning.
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Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$8000 - $40000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
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117 W 95th St
New York, NY 10025
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Phone: (212) 678-2416

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