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The Town School is committed to elementary co-education, serving students in nursery through eighth grade. As we embrace high academic and ethical standards for each student, we are guided by our school motto, “let there be joy in learning.”

Town’s program balances the traditional and the innovative, emphasizing excellence in academics and a thorough exposure to the arts and physical education. We teach children to think creatively, read critically and reason logically, stressing the value of both individual learning and collaboration. We are committed to diversity, teaching students to be inclusive and to respect themselves and others.

Students leave Town as well-rounded, articulate, resilient and morally responsible individuals. They are prepared to meet the challenges of a demanding secondary education and continue on the path of lifelong learning.

Educational Philosophy

We believe that the process of learning is as important as the result.  Town builds on children’s natural curiosity and creativity, helping them discover and celebrate their strengths. In our nurturing and supportive environment, we challenge each student to take risks and persevere. The program enables students to experience success, increase self-confidence and develop individuality. Faculty and parents collaborate in support of each child’s growth.

Town students develop social awareness through age-appropriate service within the school and the community at large. Students exercise responsibility and assume leadership roles as they learn to become involved citizens of the world.

A school designed to maximize the growth and development of children

The truth is that children learn differently from high school students or adults. They have unique needs and characteristics, and by focusing only on children The Town School ensures that everything we do – from the types of teachers we hire to the curriculum we teach – is designed to bring about the most academic and personal growth from our students. Noted psychologist and author Michael Thompson wrote, “If I could design psychologically safe schools, every elementary school in the United States would go from kindergarten through grade eight and be no larger than four hundred students.” This is the structure of The Town School, and we believe our structure yields immense benefit for children between the ages of 3 and 14.

When our Eighth graders stand on the stage of Alice Tully Hall at graduation, we see the full promise of the N-8 model – young adults who are thoroughly prepared for high school and who are confident, capable, and curious – and are, very importantly, happy.

Focusing exclusively on what children really need

By focusing exclusively on what children really need and making sure that every child is known and valued, the N-8 model creates an environment where children thrive, where the right balance between high expectations and nurturing support is lived, and where children, truly, learn best.

Why is diversity important to Town?

Town, like other independent schools, defines diversity as a focus on race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic level, sexual orientation, physical ability, family structure, and religion. But a simple definition does not encompass the full breadth and depth of what diversity can mean to a school. Diversity is a reflection of the way the world really is: we at Town acknowledge diversity  as an encounter with differences in identity, experiences, backgrounds, beliefs, and ideas.  These differences can be simple or profound.  Diversity is central to Town’s mission and core values.
Diversity Brochure