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Students enrolled: 340

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587 Main Street
New York, NY 10044

(212) 223-5055
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December 04, 2014
The school is excellent for addressing learning disabilities, social, and behavioral issues. They made a huge difference for my son when he started there in the middle of elementary school. The down side is the school is not academically challenging AT ALL. In middle school, my son comes home with 20 minutes of homework every night, if any at all. 3 months into the school year, most of his time is being spent reviewing things they already learned last year. Though I am forever grateful to the school for helping him get through a very difficult period in which public school would not work, I wish there was a better balance of special needs focus and academic challenge with more differential learning. Sadly, we will be moving on soon to a place where my son can now focus on the education he needs.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2014
My child has attended this school for a few years now. Some classes/buildings are overcrowded, but this doesn't effect the quality of the Teachers ability to provide the best possible service that they can anywhere they can. In short that means that the staff can be very creative and pliable when it needs to be. The school is working to better itself and it's teachers in order to give the children who attend the school the best education possible. With time I'd like to add a star. Right now they are doing an average job.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
A wonderful school for smart kids with support from dedicated teachers and therapists. The school provides a strong academic environment with support for learning disabilities. An outstanding designated private special education school for elementary, middle, and high school students. We are very glad we came here.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
My son struggled through public elementary school with a speech and processing disorder, as well as ADHD and some spectrum traits/behaviors. the Public school atmosphere broke his spirit. He started The Child School in the summer before 6th grade and became a new person. He started to LOVE school, his teachers, his peers, and everyone noticed a change. He no longer acts out in class but is a well behaved, polite, respectful boy who is happy to go to school and learn. The Child School brought my son back to me!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
The teachers and staff are committed to making sure every child is given the time and dedication to accommodate their needs, This is a school that welcomes children with learning disabilities and helps them excel in all areas of life. It is truly a lifesaver for not only the children but the families as well. These children will succeed in this school and most graduate with Regents diplomas. They go on to College and become confident, young adults. This school is very much deserving and really could use these funds to purchase equipment for occupational therapy and other much needed services.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
My son has been at this school since 2004 and he has grown academically and emotionally more than I ever dreamed possible. The classes are small; the teachers are highly skilled both in their subjects and in working with emotionally fragile kids with various learning styles. The location on Roosevelt Island abutting the East River is absolutely beautiful. A gem of a school

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2013
I'm a parent of a child who currently attends the school. He has been here for 4 years, my child has a severe learning disability, adhd and was not expected to learn to read or write. He had such a rough time in public schools because they did not take the time to address his individual needs. Within his first year my son began to read and write. He is now a confident young man who thanks to all the class selections has had great educational opportunities and social extra curriculars. I'm am proud to say we are a TCS/Legacy family. I recommend the school. No school is perfect but TCS works very hard to meet each child's individual needs. Cant wait till he goes to Legacy in a years time!

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2013
My daughter attended The Child School for three years and made a great deal of progress. The curriculum was individualized to meet her specific strengths and deficits. She got 1:1 assistance in the areas where she needed it and got the spotlight on her strengths ranging from the annual science fair to the dance shows. The teachers and therapists are very involved, very accessible and willing to work with parents. She flourished socially and emotionally in the elementary school's therapeutic environment and made her first friends here. The PTA is very involved and sponsors many events for parents, students and alumni.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2013
This school has been great. They have some excellent teachers, and an excellent speech therapist. We have lots of electives. These electives vary from clubs like synchronized swimming to academic electives like abstract chemistry. Everyone fits in somewhere here.

- submitted by a community member
February 08, 2013
Excellent School - My child entered this school in Kindergarten and is now in 5th grade. Our experience has been wonderful and our child has flourished. The teachers are loving and nurturing, firm. The staff takes a team approach on each student and collaborates with parents.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2012
the one of the best special education and i love going there my favorite teacher is Tobi

- submitted by a community member
December 07, 2012
The Child School was not able to provide an appropriate program for my son. He was 9 years old (ADHD/Anxiety) and spent a couple of traumatic weeks in this school. I frequently got phonecalls to pick him up, sometimes 10 minutes after he arrived with the bus at school. My son was not able to attend any other school for 9 months - private hominstruction was the only option. Today, one year later, he is doing perfectly fine in a wonderful school, in downtown manhatten. It was definately not the right fit.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2012
This school provides an excellent learning experience. Friends always have a positive attitude towards each other in and outside school. The teachers are always helpful and really help the students. this is a great school, recommend it for anyone

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2012
My son is 9 years old, he is diagnosed with ADHD, Separation Anxiety and a very high IQ. September 2011 he was enrolled in The Child School. The school was not able to provide a program for my son needs. After summerschool and 3 weeks during september the school decided to expel him.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2012
The admissions department does not represent their school well. They do not respond to e-mail and are not very helpful on the phone. They are condescending and flustered.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2011
The Child School is a school that serves children with developmental and learning disabilities. Shame on the previous reviewer for his/her ugly language and attitude toward the children he/she was supposed to be educating. Kudos to Child School for getting rid of you - you don't belong in any classroom!

- submitted by a community member
November 26, 2010
This school is amazing! Great for kids with learning disabilities or ADD or even high functioning kids with asperger's. The school is academically strong but very theraputic and supportive. Our son struggled in a public school due to severe ADD, where despite having great teachers, the class size was just too big. Now at the Child School, he's in a class of 8 kids with two and sometimes three teachers. There's no way for him to be distracted with someone over him all the time. Moreover, the teachers here have different kinds of methods to help kids overcome their issues. Our son's grades have improved dramatically at TCS, his confidence has skyrocketed, and he now loves school. The founder, Maari de Souza, is a genius, who inspires the students to achieve. She's now been joined by a new director, Sal Ferrara, who is also a force of nature, and who has BIG plans for the school to take it to the next level, like new sports teams and facilties. The school is great, and it's improving. We are thankful beyond words that our son is attending the Child School. It is a special, special, special place.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2009
The Child School is wonderful for kids with learning disabilities. My son is in 8th grade and has been a student here since second grade. The head of school and teachers will do everything they can to help your child learn and it works. My son has made magnificent progress here. Socially, the school is difficult for a kid who does not have significant emotional problems as many of the kids do.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 19, 2009
I think this school is excellent. I didn't say perfect because no school is, but my son has been there since he was five and is now 18. This is a kid we thought might never read and write and whose behavior was all over the place. He is now an educated, accomplished, skilled young adult and I give the school huge credit for that. For every teacher that has been less than perfect there have been 10 that were dedicated and worked their hearts out. In addition to My son has been involved with theater, singing, studio art at TCS and is now in a pre-professional musical theater company. He has travelled to five foreign countries--from Costa Rica to Morocco--with the school. Don't believe most of what detractors say; my husband's an educator and we both think the school is awesome in many ways.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2008
I have worked with the staff on extra curricular projects. The opportunities are fantastic at this school. The school is clean, bright, airy, with a center atrium garden. The staff is commited to serving developmentally disabled kids.

- submitted by a community member
December 02, 2007
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September 30, 2007
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- submitted by a staff
August 07, 2007
There is no communication with parents--teacher meeting etc until there a problem that's gotten out of hand. They are constantly changing things there very little consistency. Sports dept,art and music are pretty good. We are pulling our child asap.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2007
I am a current parent who is determined to find another school for my child. The music, gym and art programs have excellent teachers - how long will they be around? Staff turnover is incredibly high.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
My daughter currently goes to 'The Child School' and one thing that I like is the interest that the school inforces upon parents to get involved with child progress throughout the year.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2003
The Child School/Legacy High School has a fantastic recipe for teaching academics, raising self esteem and offering students a unique educational experience.

- submitted by a parent

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The Child School
587 Main Street, New York, NY  10044
(212) 223-5055
Last modified The Child School is a Private school that serves grades K-12
The Child School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 26 reviews. Top