Raising curious learners in New York City is a unique privilege of which we take full advantage. We work hard to connect the learning our students experience within our school building with everything available to them out in our vibrant city. Developing a sense of belonging and community within the five boroughs is a unique and exciting characteristic of our program.

Hudson River

The Hudson River is an undeniably important part of our city’s history, as well as a rapidly changing resource. It’s accessible to our students through literature, art, and science.

A Day in the Life of the Hudson River

Students in fourth grade participate in a citizen scientist program during which they are assigned a spot along the Hudson, where they collect samples and answer questions related to their observations. The data they collect and submit is recorded and added to data that’s collected by other volunteers at several points along the Hudson. 

Clearwater Sloop

At the end of third grade, students spend the day on the Clearwater. Students culminate their yearlong study of the history of New York with a day on the Hudson River, observing the city from the water, learning about traditional sailing, the ecology of the river, and how the river was used over the course of New York’s history.

Our Neighborhood

Morningside Heights is a richly diverse community of educational institutions. We introduce the neighborhood to our youngest students through walking trips, and deepen that connection as students move through the grades.

Early Childhood: Broadway Presbyterian Church

Lower School: The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Sakura Park

Upper Division: Farmers Market on Broadway, Amsterdam House nursing home, The Cathedral of St. John the Divine


Several grades study New York City over the course of the entire school year. The unique aspects of our history and its landmarks are highlighted.

Senior Kindergarten: Students explore a NYC landmark related to the letter of the week.

Third Grade: Students do a yearlong study of the history of New York, beginning with the original inhabitants of this land, the Lenape people, and finishing with immigration and life on the Lower East Side in the 1900s.


Students in senior kindergarten through eighth grade take several field trips every year. The experience of traveling to these unique museums deepens the students’ understanding of each topic of study.

  • Museum of the City of New York 
  • The Transit Museum 
  • Sugar Hill Children’s Museum
  • The Jewish Museum
  • The American Museum of Natural History
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • The Tenement Museum
  • Museum of the Chinese in America
  • Morris-Jumel Mansion
  • Hispanic Society Museum and Library
  • New York Historical Society