The Studio School

117 West 95th Street
New York, NY 10025-0100
Tel: (212)678-2416
Grades: NS-9 | 76 students
At Studio, learning and relationships go hand in hand and are alive with passion, curiosity, and spirit. Founded in 1971, for children preschool througheighthgrade, The Studio Schooloffers an interdisciplinary curriculum where children learn to think critically and creatively. The Studio School’s Approach transcends the standard academic curricula and is uniquely designed to develop each child’s innate intelligence, leading to original work. It blends an understanding of child development with a working knowledge of how children learn, a student-teacher relationship that is emotionally connective, and a rich curriculum imbued with a breadth and depth of learning. Students work in small, mixed-aged classes, which are designed to advance, enrich, and deepen their studies.
The Studio School Approach is both comprehensive and innovative, featuring classical, traditional, and progressive elements of excellence in education.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. Other school association(s)
New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS)
Grades Offered Grades Nursery/Preschool-9
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported As needed
Year Founded 1971

Student Body

Total Students 76 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade The Studio School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 13 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 16 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Dec. 8 / rolling
Tuition Notes Ones and Twos: $8, 470 (2 mornings) Twos and Threes: $13, 910 (3 mornings) Early Childhood Mornings $20, 800 (5 mornings) Early Childhood Full Days $33, 430 (5 days) Elementary School (grades 1 – 4) $33, 430 Middle School (grades 5 – 9) $34.9
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director Jennifer K. Tarpley

School Notes

  • The Studio School educates the hearts and minds of children as we nurture the unfolding of their authentic spirit and character. Our students learn to value intellectual and creative ideas, and to take pleasure in the process of discovery. We seek a deep and lasting academic excellence, one that is achieved when children are motivated to embrace for themselves the journey of learning.
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School Reviews

This is our first year at Studio and I couldn't be more impressed by the quality of the education and the time the educators take for each child.
- Posted by Parent, 05/17/16
The Studio School is a special and unique place. My children are getting a top notch, rigorous education, but in a supportive environment. The school has an extremely rigorous academic program and expects a lot out of its students. Every student is expect to meet their potential. To ensure that happens, the school offers tremendous resources and incredible personal attention. There's no such thing as "falling thru the cracks" here! And the kids love the school! My daughter is ANGRY if she can't go to school due to a holiday or what not. I could go on and on about how much our family loves this school. It's great!
- Posted by Parent, 05/17/16
We have 2 chn at Studio, one in elementary and one in preschool. We love the teachers and staff, as do our children. They encourage the children's interests while helping them master personal and interpersonal skills (frustration managment, working with others). When your 5 and 6 year old children start asking you in July when they can go back to school, you know you have a winner. We wouldn't send them anywhere else.
- Posted by Parent, 05/17/16
I am the father of a son in the 5th grade at the Studio School and of a daughter who is a recent alumna of the school. I have been part of the Studio community for 12 years, and that association has had an extraordinarily positive impact on my life, as a parent, as a thinker, as a husband. I feel like I''ve grown up as much as my son and daughter have. One of the great things about Studio is how the school handles homework. The parents are asked to leave the matter of homework to the child and his or her teachers. I don't know anything about my son's homework unless he tells me about it. And when he does tell me about it, and the news is less than good, I have been asked -- by both my son and his teachers -- not to intervene. This is easier said than done. I love my son, and it's hard for me to see him struggle, excruciatingly so in some instances. Sometimes the best thing is for me to leave the room. But I have happily found from experience that this process, as it is guided by the great teachers at Studio, bears good fruit. Over time, my son and my daughter have come to see their schoolwork as their own, and they see their education as something in which they are fully participant, something for which they are eagerly responsible, by which I mean they respond readily, and with full agency. My daughter, now a 9th grader in a top tier private school, has made a deft, assured and enthusiastic transition to a challenging and very sophisticated curriculum. In fact, all of her teachers are thrilled by her self-regulation, time management, and the consistently high standards of her thorough and thoughtful work. Thank you, Studio School.
- Posted by Parent, 05/17/16
My husband and I were blown away by how sensitive, involved and invested the teachers and head of school were through our family's first year. Like most parents, we agonized over the vast array of school choices there are in NYC. As new parents to our first child, we focused on HIS experience but did not realize how much of an extended family our new chosen school would become for all of us. Our outgoing, friendly little boy went through a difficult year changing and growing through his threes as he was starting his very first year at Studio School. The teachers and staff were not just completely devoted to his education, they were also committed to his wellbeing, a huge relief and comfort to us. Our family was warmly welcomed into this all inclusive school, where the entire family feels a sense of belonging, sharing and learning. We look forward to many more years with Studio School!
- Posted by Parent, 05/17/16
My two sons, 5 and 8, started at the Studio School this past September. It truly is an amazing place! My boys are happy and thriving in this kind, supportive, encouraging environment. They are challenged to try and do new things and are already showing increased confidence. Everything that happens at Studio happens because it was well thought out and considered. I really trust that from the moment they walk in each morning until i pick them up there is a community of people, not just their teachers, who are invested in them and care about their growth and development. The added bonus is that the parents benefit from this amazing school as well. Getting a better understanding of my boys and of my parenting is such a gift. If the past 2 months is any indication of what's to come, i am confident that my boys will continue to grow and flourish and develop the skills, confidence, motivation and desire they need to be thoughtful, considerate, creative, respectful young men. It really is an amazing place!
- Posted by Parent, 05/17/16
The Studio School is a rare find in a city that is inundated with many options for independent school education because it has been able to focus it's approach on the essence of what kids need to succeed in life. Ms. Rotter, the Head of School, summed it up best by saying that kids who leave Studio in 8th grade leave knowing who they are, what they want and how to work. It sounds so simple and yet somehow manages to get lost in today's world where there are so many parenting and teaching philosophies. Our daughter is only 3 and has been there for 2 years but when I drop her off I see all the other kids who range from kindergarten up to 8th grade and they are wonderful, poised and articulate with a sense of self that I was still looking for up into my late twenties.
- Posted by Parent, 05/17/16
One of the unique classes they offer at Studio is Kitchen Science. Kitchen Science is a mixed-age group class, with children from grades 1-4 joining together, one child per grade, on a rotating basis. Sometimes they're joined by older children from grades 5-8. The children go to the kitchen and learn a lesson about food or food preparation - perhaps something about a cuisine from the country of one of their fellow students, or how to chop a particular vegetable, or something seasonal, like tasting apples in the fall. Then they assist with cooking a part of the lunch for the rest of the school. They eat lunch as a class, and help serve the other students when they come down to lunch. This unique class teaches so many things: math (how to measure, how to double or quadruple a recipe); science (what happens when I mix this with that?); history (when did this kind of food get introduced in this country and how?) and geography (where did this cuisine originate?). It also teaches about community and caring for others. Kitchen Science has always been one of my children's favorite classes at Studio.
- Posted by Parent, 02/26/16
The Studio School is a hidden gem. Our 2.5 year old Daughter spent the last year there so she started when she was just 20 months in the Ones/Twos program. We loved watching how the kids slowly internalized the structure of the class so that they seamlessly moved from one activity to another - work period, snack, library, gym, then music. Our daughter transformed from a child who would throw her food on the floor in defiance to someone who picked up her plate and cleaned the table without asking.
- Posted by Parent, 07/24/15
My children attend Studio and we - and they! - could not be happier. The school has a rigorous and academically challenging curriculum, and expects a lot out of students. However, the school provides the resources and tremendous individual attention to ensure that students meet their goals in a supportive and nurturing environment. It is truly a remarkable and unique place. Check it out!
- Posted by Parent, 07/24/15
Our son started his first year of middle school at The Studio School last year, and we could not have been happier. If you believe in the progressive process, then you understand how important it is teach our children to be creative and critical thinkers. Often at that age it is their awareness of society and trying to discover their place in it that can mar that process. The Studio School are experts at helping children navigate these difficult stages with their emphasis on social and emotional development. It is exactly what our son needs at this crucial time.
- Posted by Parent, 07/24/15

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