Hello, I am the new Head of School at Corlears, David Egolf. The past few months have been such a pleasure for me, getting to know this terrific community! We are a school for children ages 2 through 10 and we are located in one of the most dynamic, exciting neighborhoods in New York City, Chelsea. Corlears is filled with energy and the sounds of joyful students who are engaged and curious about the community they live in and the world around them. They are compassionate and creative, eager to take on new challenges and to pursue new paths to finding solutions. Our students love Corlears and love to learn. Here are the reasons why: *Our academic program develops innovative thinking, collaboration, and communication skills. *Kindness, respect, and integrity are prized in every interaction at Corlears. *Small size... every child is important at Corlears. *A focus on the early years to fifth grade... setting students up for success in middle school and beyond. Graduates from Corlears are capable, compassionate innovators who move on to one of their first choice schools for middle school. They are ready, eager, and confident they will meet the challenges ahead with success. From their journey here, they have learned about themselves and have important insights into the schools that feel right for them. Please explore our website and discover the richness of our program. Come see Corlears and feel the excitement and energy that our children feel every day. Take a tour; meet our faculty; see for yourself our light-filled, spacious classrooms. I promise you will wish that you had gone to Corlears when you were a child. I look forward to meeting you soon. Sincerely, David Egolf, Head of School
September 21, 2014
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The teachers have a deep understanding of each child, which is apparent in the "report card," which takes the form of a 15-20 page thoughtful narrative covering your child's strength, weaknesses and suggestions on how you can support their learning at home. The parent teacher conferences are also very enlightening. My daughter is challenged daily at school. The teachers also provide space for each child's voice to be heard.
The homework is never busy work . It builds-on and reinforces classroom work. The social studies homework often provides a wonderful link between home and school, i.e. the kids are asked to interview someone on a particular subject. The amount is always manageable and my daughter never complains about it.
The new (as of 2014) Head of School, David, has brought a very collaborative approach to Corlears. He values input from everyone in the community and is always innovating with teachers getting continuous training. He is implementing a stronger Spanish language program and a more effective math curriculum. He is also making social justice and integral part of the curriculum. The staffing choices have all been good so far.
My daughter is in her 6th year at Corlears. She loves school and calls it her second home. The teachers are able to meet each student's academic and emotional needs because of the small class size and an in-depth understanding of each child. Corlears strikes the perfect balance of engaging and challenging the kids so they are academically ready for middle school but still find wonder and excitement in learning. From friends whose children graduated from Corlears, I always hear that their kids are well prepared for academically rigorous middle schools and most have gone on to advanced classes in their new schools. Beyond excellent academics, Corlears does an incredible job of supporting children in their social and emotional development. Through the social justice curriculum and the community norms of inclusion and understanding, I see my daughter confidently use an empathetic voice in all aspects of her life.
As a parent, I find the racially and socioeconomically diverse community to be cohesive and welcoming. I have met some of my best friends at Corlears. The PA hosts forums, community service activities, events, book fair, etc., and fosters a strong sense of community. The communication with the administration is welcome and easy. The communication with teachers creates a collaborative environment between school and home. When there has been a particularly powerful conversation in the classroom, the teacher will let the parents know, so parents can take advantage of the opportunity to discuss important issues and feelings with their children at home. Parents and caregivers are invited to attend a weekly assembly where the children share their classroom work and sing. They get so used to speaking in front of 100 people, that by graduation, the 10/11 year olds are perfectly comfortable to speak to a large auditorium. As the children sum up their experiences at Corlears at graduation, it is always striking to see the resilience, confidence, emotional maturity, and self-awareness of the Corlears children. They seem to have a good understanding of themselves as people and learners and a healthy feeling of self-worth.
By having a focus on early childhood, Corlears excels at nurturing the kids' innate curiosity and creativity and raising empathetic, critical-thinking learners. I'm truly grateful to have Corlears as my partner in raising my daughter!
We have not experienced any bullying, but through watching the teachers interact with the children, any disparaging comments about anyone else, are addressed without shaming. The kids spend time in the beginning of the year setting up classrooms norms, which do an excellent job of preventing bullying. Because they made the rules themselves, it becomes easier to abide by them. The kids are also encouraged to resolve conflict with each other, with the guidance of a teacher, in a non punitive way.
I don't have personal experience with learning difference, but my friends have had very positive experiences. The school has learning specialists and when a teacher or parent suspects that the child may need extra help, the school is quick to evaluate the situation and provide the support necessary. Through the compassionate culture of the school, I see my daughter speak about her friend that does have learning differences in a very accepting and non-judgemental way. There is clearly no stigma attached to learning difference for the kids at Corlears.
Corlears truly stands apart in building character. The mixed-age approach develops both leadership skills and the ability to learn from your peers. The children have many opportunities to collaborate with kids from other classes, through buddy programs, so the 10 year olds know the 2 year olds and vice versa. This nurtures compassion, tolerance and patience. The social justice focus builds on empathy, respect and understanding of other people's points of view.
Awesome. Between our daughter's class teachers and the specialists..... we love the teaching that is being accomplished. Small classes, personal attention, and the teachers all know her on an individual level. It's not only supportive of our daughter, but informative to us as well. Easy to communicate with anyone.
It's enough. How, when and if we work with her on homework is critical. We enjoyed guidance and tips that were tailored to working with our daughter. A lot of learning has occurred, not necessarily all of which was on paper or traditional "facts"!