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At Bank Street, children are challenged to grow through joyful learning experiences that are relevant to their lives.

The Bank Street School for Children is an independent, coeducational nursery through 8th grade school in New York City. It is recognized for its ability to nurture the creative, independent, and problem-solving talents of all children through an approach that emphasizes learning by doing. Learning is experience-based, interdisciplinary, and collaborative. Each child is recognized as an emotional, social, physical, and intellectual being who is valued as a learner and as a teacher, classmate, and member of the Bank Street community.

Lower (Nursery, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten), Middle (Grades 1–4), and Upper (Grades 5–8) Schools offer a rich learning environment tailored to support the learning and growth of children at each stage of their development.

The School for Children puts into practice more than a century of accumulated knowledge on children’s growth and learning and is a working model of the Bank Street College of Education’s approach to teaching and learning. Bank Street’s master teachers are leaders in the field of progressive education. They are deeply engaged in continually improving their practice, mentoring teachers-in-training at the Bank Street Graduate School of Education, conducting educational research, and developing curriculum materials.

Our Academic Programs

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Why Bank Street?

As New York City’s leading progressive school for children nursery through grade 8, Bank Street School for Children is a model for child-centered education across the U.S. and around the world. Our curriculum engages each student’s natural curiosity, nurtures critical thinking, and helps to develop a sense of community and social responsibility.

School for Children at a Glance

  • 464
    Students Nursery Through Grade 8
  • 7:1
    Student : Faculty Ratio
  • 65%
    Teachers With Bank Street Graduate Degrees
  • $3.5
    Million in Need-Based Financial Aid
Lucy Sprague Mitchell with children

History & Philosophy

Since the founding of our first nursery school in 1919, Bank Street has been exploring what works best for children at each stage of development, creating settings where each child can grow and learn to their full potential. Today, we continue to maintain environments that put children at the center of their learning.
Jed Lippard
Message from our Dean
The Bank Street Way is a fierce commitment to diversity, equity, and social justice—embracing our own and others’ identities and living lives in service of the greater good. Our students learn to see and confront injustice, to be upstanders rather than bystanders, and to engage difference through curiosity, decency, and respect.
Jed Lippard, Ed.D.
Dean of Children's Programs, Head of the School for Children
Message from Our Dean