Center in New York, NY 10011
165 West 12 Street
New York, NY 10011
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Mission Statement – City and Country School for children ages 2-13 was founded in 1914 by the pioneering educator Caroline Pratt during the dynamic period of Progressive Education. Believing that education is fundamentally a social process we strive to create a vital school community that supports each childs innate passion for learning while also expanding his or her understanding of communities and cultures that exist beyond school and home. The teachers place is alongside the child posing questions that elicit imaginative thinking problem-solving and decision-making in pursuit of a deeper perspective. In the partnership of learning among children and teachers community is lived through purposeful experiences that foster responsibility cooperation active participation care and respectqualities necessary to the life of a democratic society. With social studies as the core of the curriculum enriched through science mathematics literature and the arts students are offered varied opportunities to explore and question the human story both past and present. Academic and practical skills are embedded in contexts meaningful to children within larger in-depth investigations. C&C graduates are rigorous original thinkers who embrace inquiry and experimentation as a means toward discovery. Compassionate in spirit supportive of the needs and ideas of fellow citizens and sure of their ability to solve problems they move confidently into the world and contribute positively throughout their lives.
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At City and Country School we think learning is a passionate experience. We stress the importance of the process of learning and help children come to the realization that often knowing how to find the answer or ask the question is more useful than the answer itself. We encourage children to try things for themselves to explore and draw conclusions without fear of failure. We provide opportunities through which children come to value themselves other people ideas skills responsibilities and hard work.