Dean's Welcome Letter

As you navigate these pages, we hope will begin to get a sense of who we are as a community, and the values and mission that are so important and central to the work we do with children and adults.

From our beginnings in 1916 as the Bureau of Educational Experiments to now, our philosophy and core beliefs have stayed consistent. We are committed to providing children with an excellent education using the progressive approach, and to doing so in an inclusive and welcoming community. We are a well-established independent school that is meaningfully connected with the Bank Street College Graduate School, one of the premier teacher preparation programs in the country. Our ability to provide children with an excellent education, combined with drawing on the resources of the Graduate School uniquely position our children, faculty and program with an organization and resource-rich environment that is not readily duplicated.

As a school with a tradition of academic excellence, our teaching approach for children from age 3 through 14 is interdisciplinary, experiential and collaborative. We emphasize the education of the whole child; so while intellectual development is important, so is attending to the development of the social, emotional, and physical aspects of a child. We strive to nurture the creative problem-solving talents that we believe are inherent in all children, and we build a social environment in which children are known and respected as individuals, and where the interactions between adult and children is supportive of learning.

All of this work is accomplished in an environment that is supportive, inclusive, and broadly defines community. School for Children families are ethnically, culturally, and economically diverse, and we intentionally work very hard to meet the progressive ideal that schools should represent the demographics of the society in which they exist.

I invite you to learn more about the School for Children, progressive education, and our dynamic learning environment.


Alexis S. Wright
Dean, Children's Programs

Alexis Wright has served as Dean of Children's Programs and the Head of the School for Children since 2009.