Our Philosophy

Our Mission

New City School will create a learning community that is diverse, knowledgeable, thoughtful, and caring. We will serve as a demonstration site for best practices in the integration of social and academic learning.

Our Vision

New City School is a supportive community which actively engages students to build knowledge, ask meaningful questions, design creative solutions, open their minds, care for themselves and their community, and become skilled, responsive citizens in the world.

Our Program Goals

  • Teach an ethnic and socioeconomic mix of students in an urban setting.
  • Focus on a core curriculum that students will address critically and with depth.
  • Utilize instruction which is differentiated and challenging, active, arts-infused, interdisciplinary, and inquiry-based
  •  Model applied social and academic skills in collaboration with the larger community
  •  Launch students into the world as confident, competent, and socially responsible citizens.
  •  Share best practices with the education community by hosting workshops and trainings on the integration of social and academic learning, for pre and in-service educators.

Our Beliefs in Children

We believe that children want to be good and do their very best at school. To help children succeed, we must teach them how to behave at school and handle the variety of situations a school day presents. When working with children, we do not assume they know how to behave in every situation. However, we are committed to teaching children caring ways to treat themselves, the people around them and the materials they use. We know children need many opportunities to practice both academic and social skills.

We see children as curious problem solvers. They want to actively engage with their world and be included in solving problems that involve them. Children want to put their hands on materials and their engagement is higher when they have the power to make choices about their learning.

To learn deeply, children must learn to construct their knowledge. They need time and space to explore a concept and to build meaning from their experiences. We create lessons in which children connect prior knowledge to a concept or skill, gather new information, have an opportunity to meld their past experiences with this new information and then reflect on their learning.

Children are social beings that learn best with others. To achieve and grow, children must feel safe. They need to feel a sense of significance and belonging in their learning community. Children want to experience joy in all that they do.


What if my child breaks a school rule?

When children make mistakes and break classroom rules, they are given logical consequences to help them regain their self control and their sense of dignity. In addition, the intent of giving a logical consequence is to give the child an opportunity to learn and grow from making a mistake. To give logical and helpful consequences, teachers consider situations individually and respond in a way that is relevant, realistic and respectful.