The Ethical Culture School

  • The ideal of the school is to develop individuals who will be competent to change their environment to greater conformity with moral ideals.
  • Felix Adler, Philosopher, humanist, and founder of the Ethical Culture Fieldston School.
  • To realize his vision we embrace the following ideals: ethical learning, academic excellence, and progressive education.
  • Our school achieves academic excellence by challenging students to reach their highest potential in body, mind and spirit through the humanities, sciences, the arts and physical education.
  • The students become active learners and engage in vital discourse in a community of dedicated teachers and an atmosphere of intellectual discipline and creativity.
  • Through a curriculum rooted in the tenets of progressive education, students become independent thinkers as they learn that asking their own questions and seeking their own answers provides the key to the deepest kind of understanding.
  • Cooperative, student-centered, discussion-based learning, and the freedom to make mistakes, are part of our students' everyday lives.
  • We value inclusion and economic and racial diversity, and we honor all of our students for their unique contributions, cultural backgrounds, and beliefs.
  • We consider service to be critical to the development of character, so we incorporate community service into the children's school experience from the earliest grades.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-5
Year Founded1878

Student Body

Total Students448 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
37%
State avg.: 28%
Students by Grade The Ethical Culture School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers64 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size18 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNov. 1
Yearly Tuition Cost$52,993
% on Financial Aid
21%
Average Financial Aid Grant$41,000
Acceptance Rate
20%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorCharles Guerrero

Sports

Total Sports Offered56 sports
SportsAlpine Skiing, Archery, Badminton, Ballet, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Boxing, Cheering, Climbing, Crew, Cross Country, Cross Fit, Cycling, Dance, Diving, Drill Team, Equestrian, Fencing, Field Hockey, Figure Skating, Flag Football, Football, Freestyle Skiing, Golf, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Indoor Soccer, Kayaking, Lacrosse, Marksmanship, Martial Arts, Mountain Biking, Mountaineering, Nordic Skiing, Paddle Tennis, Polo, Riflery, Rock Climbing, Rugby, Sailing, Ski Jumping, Snowboarding, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Surf Team, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Water Polo, Weightlifting, Winter Track, WrestlingAlpine SkiingArchery,
BadmintonBallet,
BaseballBasketball,
BowlingBoxing,
CheeringClimbing,
CrewCross Country,
Cross FitCycling,
DanceDiving,
Drill TeamEquestrian,
FencingField Hockey,
Figure SkatingFlag Football,
FootballFreestyle Skiing,
GolfGymnastics,
Ice HockeyIndoor Soccer,
KayakingLacrosse,
MarksmanshipMartial Arts,
Mountain BikingMountaineering,
Nordic SkiingPaddle Tennis,
PoloRiflery,
Rock ClimbingRugby,
SailingSki Jumping,
SnowboardingSoccer,
SoftballSquash,
Surf TeamSwimming,
TennisTrack and Field,
Ultimate FrisbeeVolleyball,
Water PoloWeightlifting,
Winter TrackWrestling,

School Notes

  • The ideal of the school is to develop individuals who will be competent to change their environment to greater conformity with moral ideals. Felix Adler, Philosopher, humanist, and founder of the Ethical Culture Fieldston School. To realize his vision we embrace the following ideals: ethical learning, academic excellence, and progressive education. Our school achieves academic excellence by challenging students to reach their highest potential in body, mind and spirit through the humanities, sciences, the arts and physical education. The students become active learners and engage in vital discourse in a community of dedicated teachers and an atmosphere of intellectual discipline and creativity. Through a curriculum rooted in the tenets of progressive education, students become independent thinkers as they learn that asking their own questions and seeking their own answers provides the key to the deepest kind of understanding. Cooperative, student-centered, discussion-based learning, and the freedom to make mistakes, are part of our students' everyday lives. We value inclusion and economic and racial diversity, and we honor all of our students for their unique contributions, cultural backgrounds, and beliefs. We consider service to be critical to the development of character, so we incorporate community service into the children's school experience from the earliest grades.

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