LREI (Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School)

Founded in 1921, LREI provides a rich and challenging progressive program that educates students to become independent thinkers and lifelong learners. Classes are inquiry-based, student-centered and experiential. Students develop the academic excellence, intellectual curiosity, critical thinking and leadership skills to prepare them for college and beyond. School-wide social justice initiatives and community service projects encourage students to think deeply about and develop solutions for real-world issues, both local and global.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded1921
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students650 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by Grade LREI (Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School) Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers100 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size20 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced Courses20th Century Europe, Advanced Acting and Directing, Advanced Algebra/Geometry, Advanced Algebra/Geometry II, Advanced Biology, Advanced Chemistry, Advanced Filmmaking - Beyond the Basics, Advanced Music, Advanced Painting, Advanced Physics, Advanced Theatre Topics: Performance Structures, Advanced Topics in Mathematics, Advanced US History, Algebra II/Topics in Precalculus, Anatomy and Physiology, Art and Politics: Toni Morrison, Bio Ethics, Calculus, Creative Writing: Short Fiction, Environmental Science, Fierce and Fabulous: Feminist Women Writers, Genes and Diseases, Government and Politics, Human Rights, Independent Study in Theatre, Journalism, Latino/a Literature: Voices of the 20th and 21st Century, Middle East and Africa, Precalculus, Shakespeare Revisited, There's No Place Like Home: The Return From War, We Are Pilgrims: Reading Dante's Divine Comedy, Wealth and Poverty: The American Economy in the 21st Century, Writing Memoir: Finding Voice
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineDec. 1
Yearly Tuition Cost$47,075
Tuition NotesThere are additional fees for trips in grades 3 - 12.
Admissions DirectorMary Young
Admissions AssociateCassie Stafford


Total Sports Offered13 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Fencing, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter TrackBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryDance,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
Winter Track


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.25 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
(1) In the Lower School our extracurricular club and athletic activities are part of our Afterschool program. Please visit our website for more detailed information., (2) The Lower School Chorus, (3) Middle School clubs and extracurricular athletic activities take place both during the normal course of the school and before or after school. Options vary., (5) Middle School Intramural Sports are available to Fifth and Sixth graders, (6) High school clubs and musical ensembles meet during the last period of each day, Advanced Projects in Studio Art, Anime and Manga, Art, Band, Basketball and Softball. After school clubs include Robotics, Class Films, Comic Book Club, Gear Girls and Rube Goldberg Team., GSA, Interior Design, Jazz Ensemble, Library Corps, Literary Magazine, Makerspace, Model Congress, Model UN, Robotics, Running, Urban Agriculture., Wind Ensemble

School Notes

  • In the Lower School, the social studies-based curriculum integrates with the study of literacy, math, and science.  Specialist teachers offer art, music, movement, physical education and gymnastics, Spanish, technology and woodworking. In the Middle School, the increasingly departmentalized program includes humanities, math, science, world languages (French, Mandarin, Spanish), performing/visual arts, physical education and inter-scholastic athletics. Students also learn responsible decision-making through the Adolescent Issues Program. In the High School, students take six required majors: English, history, mathematics, performing/visual arts, science and world languages (French, Spanish, Mandarin). Over 30 departmental and interdisciplinary elective courses are offered each year.  In addition, students may supplement their coursework with undergraduate courses at NYU and/or individual Honors Projects.  Extracurricular opportunities include athletics, performance, publications, and community service. College guidance is highly individualized, and our students go on to attend a wide range of excellent colleges and universities.
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    New York, NY 10025
    (212) 749-6200
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
I am astounded on a daily basis at how marvelously LREI combines rigor and flexibility in our children`s education. Throughout their 8 years there they have come home excited about school and about the process of learning. They are really doing something special here.
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This place is my family, I couldn't imagine what I would have done if I had not attended this school. I have nothing but good things to say about this home. Although I have moved on, I am constantly reminded of what I had learned during my ten years at this wonderful school. Every person at this institution had been nothing but kind and generous. I cannot begin to list what amazing individuals are associated this environment that I consider my childhood. I truly believe that I would not be the same if I had not attended this school. This place means everything to me. This school has molded me into the person that I am today and whoever I will be in the future. This environment has made me an extremely accepting, intelligent and kind person and I believe that all of these qualities have come from being a student at LREI.
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My daughter attended the high school. It was a perfect fit; she received a scholarship to Clark University and was awarded a full scholarship for her Masters from Clark. I would be happy to speak to anybody who needs more information.
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I am a former student. I moved to San Francisco 43 years ago and taught elementary school for thirty seven years. I test bilingual students now and I sometimes work as a sub. I was named SF teacher of the year twice. I have worked at over thirty schools. LRSH is the best school in the world hands down. Most schools are just trying to find their way. LRSH is so far ahead of its time and its been there since the fifties. Thank you for helping me find my way.
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I switched to EI and throughout my life I am grateful...grateful for the individualized attention/acceptance, extremely over-qualified staff that pushed me to be better and prepared for college, and the community.
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