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.

Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked NY School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-5
  • Students: 448 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $52,993
  • Acceptance rate: 20%
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: Nov. 1

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School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-5
Year Founded
1878

Student Body

Total Students
448 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
21%
State avg.: 41%
Students by Grade
The Ethical Culture School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
64 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
7:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
18 students
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Nov. 1
Yearly Tuition Cost
% on Financial Aid
21%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$41,000
Acceptance Rate
20%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Charles Guerrero

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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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Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked NY School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-5
  • Students: 448 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $52,993
  • Acceptance rate: 20%
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: Nov. 1

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The average private school tuition in New York, NY is $36,213 for elementary schools and $42,889 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in New York, NY is 59% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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